FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Sacred Heart women's fencing team captain Jayme Smith's 32-2 record in foil competition this past season has earned her the honor of being named the Northeast Fencing Conference's Women's Fencer of the Year. She is also one of four Sacred Heart women's fencers to garner All-League accolades.
On the men's side, Pioneer foilist and team captain Stuart Holmes was named the NFC Men's Fencer of the Year. This is the first time in the 20-year history of the conference that both of these awards were won by fencers from the same university.
Joining Smith on the first team foil squad is freshman CJ McCarter. This is the first time that SHU has had two women on the First Team Foil Squad. In addition to Smith and McCarter, epeeist Megan Floyd and saberist Elena Tringa were named to the All-NFC Second Team.
"This was such an amazing accomplishment for Jayme this season", said head coach Dr. Thomas Vrabel. "Jayme was able to fight through significant pain all year to lead her team to a 9-3 finish in the conference. I just can't say enough about the heart that Jayme showed all season long. CJ is following in Jayme's footsteps in being named to the NFC First Team as a freshman. She is an incredible fighter and I look for CJ to contend for all-league honors during the next three seasons. Even though we will be losing four starters to graduation (Smith, Tringa, Colleen Mason and Lauren Cebello), I believe that we will have the talent to once again contend in the NFC. I hope that this will be the year that our women can join our men as NFC Champions".