SOUTH BEND, Ind. (Feb. 5, 2017) – Freshman Mei-Ling Laures (Chicago, Ill. / British Int'l School of Chicago) and senior Christina Meyer (Briarcliff Manor, N.Y. / Hackley School) qualified for the NCAA West Regional Championships with impressive performances at the Northwestern Duals on Saturday and Sunday.
Laures, who entered the weekend just over the 20 percent qualifying threshold after the West Invitational in mid-January, picked up a pair of key victories against the University of the Incarnate Word and the University of Detroit Mercy as well as a lone win vs. Lawrence University.
Meyer, meanwhile, steamrolled through the prestigious event, racking up 15 bout victories spread across three matchups with national Top-10 opposing teams and another two who received votes in the latest rankings. Highlights of her weekend included picking up the team's only wins vs. No. 5 Penn State University and No. 2 Princeton University, in addition to winning the only contested èpeè bouts between the Beavers and both Cleveland State University and Detroit. She capped the weekend with a sweep against Lawrence, coming up clutch in two bouts with 5-4 wins.
The shorthanded Beavers again were forced to surrender nine automatic points to all opponents without a sabre team to field, but split foil and èpeè 4-3 against Wayne State and saw èpeè claim weapon victories over both CSU (5-2) and Detroit (3-2).
Head Coach Carla Corbit will prepare Laures, Meyer and the rest of the Beavers for this coming weekend's IFCSC competition hosted at the University of California, San Diego on Saturday, Feb. 11 before returning home for the conference championships hosted by Caltech on Sunday, Feb. 26.