(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."
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.