March 20, 2014

SHU Fencing Opens NCAA Championship Thursday

FAIRFIELD, Conn. - The Sacred Heart fencing team will have a record five fencers competing in this week's NCAA Championships at Ohio State. After having both the men's and women's teams win their respective Northeast Fencing Championships this season, the Pioneers look to put an imprint on the national stage over the next four days.

For the first time in program history, two women's fencers will compete at the NCAA Championship. Junior Megan Floyd (Media, Pa.) will compete in the women's epee event for the second time in her career. Floyd finished 22nd in epee as a freshman in 2012 and qualified for this year's championship with a tenth-place finish at the NCAA Northeast Regional on March 9. Freshman Julia Greene (Tewksbury, N.J.) qualified with a seventh-place finish at the regional, making her the second women's saber fencer to reach the NCAA Championship.

Three men's fencers have qualified for the NCAA Championship. Junior epee fencer Jonathan Jacovino (Brownfield, Me.) became the first Sacred Heart fencer to win his weapon's competition at a regional on March 9. Devon Clark (Teaneck, N.J.) also qualified for the men's epee event with a ninth-place finish at this year's regional. Junior foilist Andrew Holmes (Centereach, N.Y.) qualified for his second consecutive NCAA Championships this year with a tenth place finish in foil at the regional. Last year, Holmes was the Pioneers' top finisher at the NCAAs with a 13th place finish in foil.

The women's competition will take place March 20-21 with the men's competition following on March 22-23.