February 23, 2013

Elena Tringa Earns Bronze Medal at NEIFC Tournament as Pioneers Place Fourth

WALTHAM, Mass. - In a split squad weekend a portion of the Sacred Heart women's fencing team went to participate at the New England Intercollegiate Fencing Conference Tournament which was held at Brandeis University.  The starting Epee squad as at Ohio State where they placed fifth at the National Collegiate Squad Championships. 

The foil squad placed second in the team competition while saber was fifth and epee ninth.  The team finished fourth in the three weapon squad portion of the event.   Four Pioneers qualified for the individual championship part of the tournament with Elena Tringa winning the bronze medal in saber.  Freshman CJ McCarter also medaled, placing sixth in foil.  Tess Kallmeyer placed seventh in foil and Mia Volpe was eighth in epee.

"Considering that four of our nine starters were out, this was a pretty good result for us", said head coach Dr. Thomas Vrabel. "It was nice to see Elena Tringa finish her participation in this event on a high note.  It was also encouraging to see how well our freshmen CJ McCarter and Mia Volpe fenced.  While CJ has been a solid performer in the starting lineup all season, it was great to see how well Mia did (9-3) against the top epeeists in the region in fencing the A strip for us.  She has come on dramatically over the past month and has greatly improved her point control and balance.  She should be in a great position to take over in the starting lineup for Colleen Mason next season.  With our results at Brandeis and the strong finish of the epee starters at Ohio State we will be ready for our final NFC matches next Sunday."

The Pioneers are back in action next Sunday at the Boston Fencer's Club in Waltham, Mass. for the third NFC meet of the season where they will take on Vassar, Boston College, Tufts and other competition.