Sacred Heart University’s women’s fencing team placed second in the final team standings at the 2018 New England Intercollegiate Fencing Conference (NEIFC) Championships at Mount Holyoke College Feb. 24. The men’s team finished third in the final standings.
For the women, freshman Daria Rudakova was the lone Pioneer medalist, earning bronze in the épée event. Rudakova reached the semifinals, missing the finals by one touch with a 15-14 decision vs. Vassar. Samantha Abbott and Ashley Cherry finished fifth and seventh respectively in the épée event.
In the final team standings, the women recorded 76 victories out of 112 bouts. The saber squad finished third in the squad competition, falling in the three-way tiebreaker to MIT and Wellesley College. The épée squad finished second to MIT with 30 victories in 38 bouts. The foil squad finished eighth among the 14 NEIFC schools.
Men’s team wins 65 of 88 bouts
Lucas Wetmore recorded a bronze in the foil event for the men, reaching the semifinals before falling to eventual champion Noe Berger of Vassar 15-12. Julian Mallett finished sixth in the final standings. Dante Centeno was the Pioneers top finisher in the épée event, taking fifth place. Nicolo Cerminara finished right behind him in sixth.
As a team, SHU’s men won 65 out of 88 bouts in the competition. Ahead of the Pioneers in second was MIT with 67 victories, while Vassar won the three-weapon total with 72 victories.
The Pioneers’ foil and epee squads tied for first in the squad competitions. The saber squad finished seventh in team standings.
Both teams will compete next at the NCAA Regional at Brandeis University on Sunday, March 11.