Natalie Rossetti Reaches Final Round of Epee at NCAA Northeast Regional

QUEENS, N.Y. - The Sacred Heart women's fencing traveled to St. John's University in New York City for the NCAA Northeast Regional Fencing Championships on Sunday.  Fencers from 18 northeastern universities were in competition for the eight or nine qualifying spots from the region (weapon dependent).  Junior epeeist Natalie Rossetti advanced to the 12-woman final round and placed 11th.  This is the first time that she has reached the round in this extremely competitive event. 

The combination of Rossetti's result and her season's performance left her two spots short of qualifying for the NCAA Championships.  Other Pioneer performances in epee include Megan Floyd in 17th, Colleen Mason at 23rd and Mia Volpe at 40th.  In foil, team captain Jayme Smith was 18th, Charley McCarter 19th, Tess Kallmeyer 27th and Aileen Trella 28th.  In saber, Elena Tringa was 15th and Lauren Cebello was 30th.  

"Our women fought hard today but unfortunately came up just short of their goal", said head coach Dr. Thomas Vrabel.  "It is so tough to work all year and end up just a few touches short of such an important goal.  I know that Natalie, Megan Floyd and the rest of our returning fencers will work even harder next season to get some of those few coveted qualifying spots."  Last season, Megan Floyd qualified for the NCAA Championships and placed 22nd.