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Scanlan Closes NAC Atlanta Event with Third-Place Finish

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 12/20/2010
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Susannah Scanlan tied for third in women's epee in Atlanta Monday.
Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications

Junior epeeist Susannah Scanlan posted Princeton's highest finish of the three-day North American Cup event on the final day at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, tying for third.

The points from the high finish may help Scanlan qualify to represent the U.S. in international competition, something the Minnesota native plans to pursue leading up to the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Fittingly, the performance came in a facility that was once an Olympic fencing venue itself, in 1996.

Ania Garina, a 2007 Wayne State alumna and three-time NCAA individual epee champion, won the NAC epee event, with 2002 Princeton alumna Maya Lawrence in second place. Stanford junior Francesca Bassa tied with Scanlan for third.

The foursome of Garina, Bassa, Scanlan and Lawrence reached the semifinals of the direct elimination round, with one Tiger defeating another and Lawrence getting a 15-10 win over Scanlan. In the final, Garina defeated Lawrence 11-7.

Princeton sophomore Hannah Safford also turned in a high finish in the epee, placing 15th in a field of 96 after also being knocked out by Garina in the elimination portion of the meet.

Monday also saw the men's saber competition, in which Tiger freshman Philip Dershwitz placed 14th in a field of 90.

Princeton's next team competition will be Feb. 5-6 for two busy days of duals at Northwestern, while the next North American Cup event will take place Jan. 14-17 in Dallas, Texas. Among current Tigers, Edward Kelley, Jonathan Yergler, Eve Levin, Hannah Safford, Scanlan, Ambika Singh and Hyun-Kyung Yuh are scheduled to compete.

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