November 9, 2009

Tringa and Bacci Lead Pioneers at Big One Intercollegiate Tournament

Nov. 9, 2009

SOUTH HADLEY, MA - The Big One Individual Collegiate Fencing Tournament was held on Saturday at Smith College and senior captain Krista Bacci and freshman Elena Tringa both fared well. This was the biggest "Big One" ever, with 460 fencers from 25 schools competing.

The womens' competitions started early with the saber and foil beginning at 9 am. Both Bacci and Tringa went undefeated in the preliminary round and seeded 3rd and 4th respectively for the direct elimination tableau. Senior Catie Sagevick went 5-1 and seeded 15th while freshman Lauren Cebello went 4-2 and seeded 22nd.

Bacci and Tringa both advanced to the semifinals with Bacci posting wins over Ariel Morrison of Boston University 15-1, Zoe Messinger of Brandeis 15-10 and Anna Hanley of Brandeis 15-14. Tringa defeated Rachel Arroyo of Florida 15-8, Monica Herrera of Florida 15-9, and Annabeth Gelman of MIT 15-8.

In the semifinals, Bacci lost a very close 15-14 bout to Brown freshman Caitlin Taylor to finish third while Tringa advanced to the final with a 15-10 win over Chelseas Rosenbauer of BC. In the championship bout Tringa was defeated by Taylor 15-11. Catie Sagevick finished 19th and Lauren Cebello finished 33rd to cap an excellent performance for SHU saber.

Freshman Jayme Smith complemented the excellent performance of Tringa and Bacci in saber by going 6-0 and seeding first out of the preliminary round in a field of 78 foilists. She had a bye in to the round of 32 where she defeated Nalelly Castillo of Florida 15-7. Jayme then fought valiantly in her next bout but lost a hard fought bout to Michelle Pintea of BC 15-14.

In addition to Smith's fine performance, senior squad captain Casey Zimmermann finished 39th and freshman Kaytlin Poplaski was 53rd. In epee, senior squad captain Ali Roach finished 34th and sophomore Sara Graziosi was 39th in a field of 71. Five of the Pioneer Women did not compete due to their participation in the Pioneer Marching Band that day.

"This was a great start to the season for our team," commented head coach Dr. Thomas Vrabel. "Krista finished where we expected and we look forward to another strong campaign from her. The results that Elena and Jayme had were nice to see. They are both very talented but you never know how freshmen react to their first big collegiate competition. They both fenced well and handled the pressure without difficulty."

"I look forward to both of them having great seasons and they should both be in contention for a berth at the NCAA Championships and all league honors. While not up to her usual standards, Catie had a strong performance and Lauren was very strong in the pool competition. Casey and Ali were solid in their efforts and newcomer Poplaski had a great day for her first ever fencing competition. When you add freshmen Coleen Mason, Brooke Perlee and Oriana Mayorga who will be vying for starting spots, we should continue to improve over last year's campaign."

The Pioneer's are back in action at Vassar College on Sunday, where they will fence Hunter , Drew, Yeshiva, Haverford, Cornell, CCNY, Queens, and Stevens Institute of Technology.