Marty Williams and Stuart Holmes Qualify for NCAA Championship

(Fairfield, CT) - The Northeast Regional round of the NCAA Fencing Championships took place at Boston College's Flynn Field House on Sunday.  2011 All-American saber fencer Marty Williams placed second and qualified for his third consecutive trip to the championship round.  Stuart Holmes placed fourth in foil and will be the first male Pioneer foilist to make it to the championship round competition. 

They will be joined at Ohio State by freshman Megan Floyd, who qualified in epee.  This is the first time that three Pioneers and fencers from both the mens and womens teams qualified for the same NCAA Championships final.  Other performances of note include Jonathan Jacovino who placed 13th in foil and Justin Dion and Mike Fenech who placed 14th and 16th respectively in epee.

"Marty and Stuart fenced very well and will do a great job representing Sacred Heart at the Championship," comments head coach Dr. Thomas Vrabel.  "This is by far the toughest competition in NCAA fencing and the competitors that make the final round will fence at least 23 tightly contested bouts in one day.  This event is as much a test of wills as it is a test of skill.  Marty has a history of rising to the occasion at this event and I am happy that he will get another chance to be NCAA saber champion.  He should be one of the favorites to be in contention to make the final four this year.  Stuart has been fencing great and he flat willed his way to a high finish and an NCAA berth.  I look for him to be in the mix to achieve All-American status."

The NCAA Fencing Championships will be held at the Ohio State University indoor track facility with the women's competition on March 22-23 and the men's competition on March 24-25.