Women’s Fencing Announces Class of 2017

FAIRFIELD, Conn. - Sacred Heart Women's Fencing Head Coach Dr. Thomas Vrabel announced on Wednesday four spring signing period fencers who will be joining the Pioneers for the 2013-2014 season.  Taylor Walsh, Carly Glowacky, Julia Cupolo and Samantha O'Brien will be joining fall signing period sabreist Julia Greene to compose the women's fencing class of 2017. 

"This recruiting class greatly improves our sabre talent level and also brings quality athletes to our veteran foil and epee squads", Vrabel said.  "We will probably have the most consistent talent level in each starting spot that we have yet to experience this season.  There is no question that athletes of the caliber of Jayme Smith and Elena Tringa will be hard to replace, but when you add this recruiting class to our experienced returning starters I look for us to have a much stronger team this season".  

Julia Cupolo - Garden City, N.Y./Garden City - Foil

As captain of the foil squad, Cupolo helped lead the Garden City women to the Nassau County championship last season.  Cupolo is a member of the Long Island Swordsman fencing club. 

Vrabel on Cupolo: "I look for Julia to get an opportunity to be a big contributor to our foil squad this season. With the graduation of Jayme Smith, the rest of foil will have to bring their games up to another level.  Tess Kallmeyer and Aileen Trella had solid sophomore campaigns and the emergence of freshman CJ McCarter as a top collegiate foilist was fantastic last season.  Julia will have an excellent opportunity this year to get significant strip time as she rotates in to spell McCarter, Kallmeyer and Trella".   

Carly Glowacky - Huntington, N.Y./Huntington - Epee

Carly Glowacky is a D-rated epeeist  who lettered for four seasons for Huntington High School in Huntington, NY.  She captained the epee squad her senior year and was a Second Team All-Suffolk County selection her junior and senior years.  Glowacky completed her high school career with the third-best epee record in the history of the Huntington High School program.  Carly is a member of the Fencers Club where she is coached by Kornel Udvarhelyi.  

Vrabel on Glowacky: "Carly is a powerful fencer who will be a great addition to our epee squad. I expect Carly to be pushing Mia Volpe for the third starting slot in epee. I know that Glowacky will be able to step in and do a nice job for us."  

Samantha O'Brien - Trumbull, Conn./Trumbull - Epee

O'Brien is new to the sport of fencing after having a very successful career as a sprinter on the Trumbull swim team.

Vrabel on O'Brien: "Sam O'Brien is tall (5'9") and a good athlete.  I look for Sam to follow in the footsteps of other top Pioneer fencers like Mary Dannegger and Liz Mordecai (both All-NFC performers) who started fencing only after they came to SHU.  When you add these fencers (Glowacky and O'Brien) to our juniors Megan Floyd (2-time NFC selection) and Nikki Price, I look for epee to once again be one of our strengths this year."

Taylor Walsh - Carlsbad, Calif./Cathedral Catholic - Saber

Walsh is a B-rated sabre fencer from Carlsbad, Calif. and San Diego's Cathedral Catholic High School.  She was the 2012 Division II USFA National saber champion and has been consistently ranked among the top-40 junior sabre fencers in the United States for the past three seasons.  Walsh placed seventh at the Junior Women's Saber World Cup in Arizona last season.  She is the 2011 and 2012 California Scholastic State Sabre champion.   Walsh is a member of Salle D'Asarro where she is coached by Michael D'Asarro, Jr.  She will be joining New Jersey Second Team All-State selection Julia Greene and sophomore squad captain Lindsey Severud to give the Pioneers what could be their strongest saber squad to date. 

Vrabel on Walsh: "I am very pleased to have Taylor Walsh joining the team this fall. Taylor will bring a very athletic and offensive-minded style of sabre to our team that will be an excellent complement to the strong defensive game of Julia Greene.  Taylor's fierce competitiveness is very reminiscent to our former team captain and Four-Time All-NFC performer Krista Bacci.  Even though our saber squad is young, these three all have several years of national and international experience that will prepare them well for the coming season".