Pioneers Move Up To 13th Place After First Day of Men’s Competition at NCAA Fencing Championships

Andrew Holmes
Andrew Holmes

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Andrew Holmes (Centereach, N.Y.) and Jonathan Jacovino (Brownfield, Me.) each won seven bouts on the first day of the men's competition at the NCAA Fencing Championships at Ohio State University, moving the Pioneers to 13th place in the team competition.

Holmes won six of his first nine bouts in the foil competition, beating fencers from NJIT, Brandeis, Harvard, Air Force, Stanford, and Ohio State. He ended the day 7-8 to finish the day in 12th place, which would make him an All-American should he finish in the top-12 on Sunday. Holmes was only out-touched by two in 15 bouts on Saturday.

Jacovino also was 7-8 on Saturday, finishing the day tied for 13th in the men's epee event. There were five fencers in the epee competition with eight wins through the first three rounds. Jacovino won four of his first seven bouts Saturday, beating St. John's Cooper Schumacher, Cleveland State's Paul Duchow, and Notre Dame's Garret McGrath. Devon Clark (Teaneck, N.J.) beat Jacovino on Saturday for one of his six bout wins, putting himself in a tie for 17th in the epee event.

The Pioneers' 20 combined wins on Saturday moved Sacred Heart from 17th to 13th in the team competition. Sacred Heart has won 35 bouts in three days, six behind Temple and Yale for 11th place.

The NCAA Fencing Championships conclude on Sunday.