November 6, 2010

Mason and Smith Lead Pioneers at Big One Intercollegiate Tournament

(Northhampton, MA) - Collen Mason won the bronze medal in the eppe event, and Jayme Smith finished fifth in the foil event at the Big One Individual Collegiate Fencing Tournament Saturday, November 6th at Smith College.  The event had over 430 fencers from 25 schools competing.

In one of the first events of the day, team captain Jayme Smith seeded first out of 82 competitors after the preliminary round of foil.  Smith cruised to the medal round, where she lost a tough bout to Vassar's Katie LeClaire to finish fifth.  This is a nice improvement over Smith's ninth place finish last year.  In the foil event Casey Zimmermann finished 45th and Kaytie  Poplaski placed 59th.   "This was a nice tournament for Jayme", said head coach Dr. Thomas Vrabel.  "She fenced with confidence and determination today and lost to a very tough competitor in Vassar's LeClaire.  This event had a much stronger field this year and we are very proud of Jayme's accomplishment."       

Colleen Mason had the best day of her Pioneer career by winning the bronze medal in the epee event.  Mason went 5-1 in the preliminary round while her teammate Natalie Rossetti went 6-0.  In the direct eliminations, Mason outworked her opponents and used her quickness and power to come back in several of her matches from early deficits.  "I am so happy for Colleen today" said Dr. Vrabel.  "We knew that this type of a performance would be coming for Colleen but we did not know quite when it would happen.  She has been working so hard in practice, I am glad that her dedication has given her this reward.  She is now ready to make a run at an NCAA championships berth this season".  Rossetti also fenced well and finished 17th.

In the saber, Lauren Cebello placed 35th and Bianca Boudreau 63rd for the Pioneers.  Saber standout Elena Tringa was sidelined by a hand injury and was unable to defend her silver medal Big One performance from last season.

The Pioneer's are back in action at Vassar College on Sunday, Nov 14, where they will fence Hunter , Drew,  Yeshiva, Haverford, CCNY, Queens, and Stevens Institute of Technology.