NORTHAMPTON, Mass. – The Sacred Heart men's and women's fencing teams opened up their seasons on Sunday at the Big One Invitational, hosted by the New England Intercollegiate fencing Conference at Smith College. Senior Dante Centeno and Bennett Cohen both medaled in the men's epee, with Centeno taking home the gold. The women's team also had two medalists with Amanda Fischer taking runner-up in the women's saber and Danielle Rudakova tying for third in the women's epee.
In the men's epee, Centeno took home first place with Cohen tying for third place. Nicolo Cerminaro (seventh) and Troy Kapitzke (eighth) also placed in the top 10 overall. Centeno won by scores of 15-4, 15-10 and 15-12 to advance to the semifinals. He defeated Addison Wessel 15-12 in the semis before winning 15-13 in the finals over Boston College's Aiden Banyon-Mrak. Cohen advanced his way down to the semifinals, where he fell to Banyon-Mrak 12-7.
In the men's foil, three Pioneers placed in the top 15 with Lucas Wetmore leading the way in 12th place, after advancing to the round of 16. Julien Mallet placed 14th and Frank Riccio followed in 15th.
Jack Marsden paced SHU in 22nd place in the saber, advancing to the Table of 32 with a 15-4 win.
On the women's side, two Pioneers finished in the top five of the saber, led by Amanda Fischer who took runner-up and Remi O'Shaughnessy who placed fifth. Fischer went 6-0 in pool play before advancing to the Table of 8 with a pair of 15-4 victories. After a 15-10 win in the Table of 8, she earned a trip to the finals with a 15-6 win over Brandeis' Jada Harrison, before narrowly getting edged out of the individual title by Boston College's Crystal Chen 15-14. O'Shaughnessy advanced to the Table of 8 before falling to semifinalist Gilligan Lawlor of BC.
Daria Rudakova also landed on the podium for SHU, tying for third place in the epee after advancing to the semifinals. Ashley Cherry and Sam Abbott placed back-to-back in fifth and sixth places, respectively, after both advanced all the way to the quarterfinals where they both lost to the eventual finalists.
Florentina Petrides finished 17th in the women's foil and Caroline Fischer took 21st place to lead the Pios. Petrides won her Table of 32 with a 15-1 victory in her opening match of the second round.
Sacred Heart will have next weekend off before returning to action for a dual meet against Vassar on Sunday, November 11 in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.