Blue and Gold Illustrated

August 2016

Blue & Gold Illustrated: America's Foremost Authority on Notre Dame Football

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ND SPORTS a three-time All-American at Notre Dame. The Hurley sisters have both qualified for the women's epee fenc- ing individual and team events in Rio, marking the first time they will compete both with and against each other in Olympic competition. • Lee Kiefer, Fencing — Women's Foil, USA: The Lexington, Ky., native will compete in her second Olympics in August. In 2012, she placed fifth at her first Olympic Games in London. • Gerek Meinhardt, Fencing — Men's Foil, USA: Rio will be the third Olympic Games for the 25-year-old Meinhardt. ✦ Irish Roundup WOMEN'S TRACK & FIELD At the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships June 9-11 in Eugene, Ore., senior Margaret Bamg- bose and fifth-year senior Kaila Barber claimed individual first-team All-America honors to lead the Irish to a tie for 25th place (nine points). Bamgbose finished fourth in the 400-meter dash (51.57) — the top eight receive first-team All-America notice — and Barber was eighth in the 400-meter hurdles (56.54). Bamgbose joined sophomores Parker English, Payton Miller and Jordan Shead to finish sixth in the 4x400 relay (3:31.95). National champion distance runner Molly Seidel did not participate because of a stress fracture. SOFTBALL (43-13, 13-7 ACC) In the double-elimination Ann Arbor Regional, the No. 2-seeded Irish were upset by Miami (Ohio) in the opening round (3-2) before bouncing back with shutouts of Valparaiso (8-0) and the RedHawks (5-0). They then lost to No. 2 Michigan (6-2) in the final. BASEBALL (27-27, 11-17 ACC) A three-game sweep by Clemson May 19-21 ended Notre Dame's season when it was unable to qualify for the 10-team ACC Tournament. The Irish closed 2-11 in the month of May. MEN'S LACROSSE (11-4, 3-1 ACC) On May 22 in Columbus, Ohio, eight unanswered goals by No. 12 North Carolina provided a 10-2 cushion over No. 3-seeded Notre Dame en route to a 13-9 upset in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championships. The surprising Tar Heels would go on to win the national title. Senior Matt Landis and junior Sergio Perkovic both earned first-team All-America notice from the USILA. WOMEN'S LACROSSE (14-7, 4-3 ACC) On May 21 in Chapel Hill, N.C., eventual national champ North Carolina defeated No. 6 Notre Dame 10-6 in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championships. Senior Barbara Sullivan and junior Cortney Fortunato both received first-team All-America notice. — Lou Somogyi

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