Krista Bacci wins Saber Championship at New England Championship Tournament

March 1, 2010

BOSTON, MA - The Pioneer women's fencing team finished the regular season with a sixth place overall finish in a field of fifteen schools at the 2010 New England Fencing Championships Tournament last weekend.

Team captain Krista Bacci again led the way with a strong 11-3 record in the team portion of the tournament where the saber squad placed fourth, tying Boston College with 31 victories but losing by having a lower touch differential.

Catie Sagevick went 9-5 in the B strip competition and Courtney Perlee went 11-3 to place fourth in the C strip. Both Bacci and Sagevick qualified for the individual championship competition. Bacci advanced to the championship round while Sagevick placed tenth. Bacci had a perfect 5-0 record in the championship pool to win the tournament championship. Bacci had placed in the top three in her three previous starts in this event.

"We are very happy for Krista's win in this tournament," said head coach Dr. Thomas Vrabel. "She had come so close to winning this event in the past. It was great to see her get the win as a senior. I was pleased with the performance of the saber squad in this event. With Elena Tringa unable to compete due to illness, Catie Sagevick and Courtney Perlee stepped up and had nice performances. It was nice to see these three seniors finish their careers together in this way."

Freshman Jayme Smith also starred in foil for the Pioneers, placing fourth in the individual competition. "This was the best performance this season for Jayme," said Dr. Vrabel. "She is stepping up to be a real leader on the team, which is always a challenge for a freshman. I look for Jayme to have a great finish to her year in the NCAA Championship."

In epee, freshman Colleen Mason placed seventh in the A strip event and just missed qualifying for the individual championship. Ali Roach and Sara Graziosi both had 7-7 records in the B and C strip epee events.

The Pioneers are back in action on March 6th at Brown in the first round of the NCAA Championship. Six Sacred Heart University fencers (Bacci, Tringa and Sagevick in saber, Mason and Roach in epee, and Smith in foil) have qualified for the event where they will be attempting to make it to the NCAA Championship which will be held at Harvard from March 25-28.