November 3, 2012

Jayme Smith Paces Pioneers with Silver Medal at Big One

(Northampton, MA) – Women's Fencing team captain Jayme Smith won the foil silver medal at the 2012 Big One individual collegiate fencing tournament on Saturday, November 3 at Smith College. 

Three other Pioneers also earned medals, including Lindsey Severud (sixth in saber), Megan Floyd (seventh in epee), and Colleen Mason (eighth in epee).  Nine SHU fencers made the top 16 level in their respective events.  Other notable performances were Aileen Trella (10th), Tess Kallmeyer (11th), and CJ McCarter (16th) in foil, and Natalie Rossetti (9th) and Mia Volpe (15th) in epee. The four-medal performance is one of the best results ever for Sacred Heart in this event.

"Our performance yesterday was a good way to kickoff the season," comments head coach Dr. Thomas Vrabel.  "Jayme Smith was amazing as always and I was happy that four of our foilists made the top 16.  We were very close to winning multiple medals in foil.  The epee squad was solid but did not perform as well as expected.  Perhaps the lack of practice due to the power outage on campus hurt them.  Linz Severud was great in saber.  I was very encouraged by how well Severud, Volpe, and McCarter performed as freshmen in this pressure filled event.  We still have a lot to work on in the next two weeks before our NFC league matches start.  I look for us to have a strong performance this Sunday at the SHU Invitational."

Sacred Heart will host seven teams including Cornell and Vassar at the SHU Invitational on Sunday, November 11th.  Action will kick off at the Pitt Center at 10 AM.