Marturano Finishes 11th in Saber Weapon at NCAA Fencing Regional Sunday

Bridget Marturano advanced to the final round in saber

WALTHAM – With a strong performance at the NCAA Northeast Regionals today at Brandeis University, senior Bridget Marturano of the Tufts University women's fencing team placed 11th out of 46 fencers in the saber weapon.

Marturano advanced through the first three rounds today to compete among the final 12 in the region for her event. In round one saber fencing, Marturano split her two bouts and was +3 in touches. She opened some eyes with a 5-1 record in the second round and a +13. For the third round pools she won three of her five contests and was -2 in touches. After posting a 10-5 record and +14 total for the first three rounds, she fenced among the region's 12 best in saber in round four. She won one of her 11 matches there to place 11th overall. She was seeded 30th entering the meet.

Though she will not earn a berth into the NCAA Championships, Marturano represented the Jumbos well today against bigger schools. Nine from the saber division will advance to the national competition. The Regional finish comprises 60 percent in the formula to determine national qualifiers.

Tufts junior Zoe Howard also repped the Jumbos impressively. She advanced to the third round in foil. Howard had a 2-2 record and was +3 in touches in the round one pools. For the second round she split six matches and was even in touches. After being held winless in six bouts during round three, Howard finished 21st out of 46 in the foil division. She was the 37th seed in foil entering the event.

Five other Jumbos who competed on Sunday were eliminated in the first round. Freshman Georgia Kollias was 2-2 in round one foil matches, but was even in touches and did not advance. In epee, junior Annie Ayala won once, as did senior Nayab Ajaz in saber. Senior co-captain Julia O'Gara in foil and freshman Lucy Pavlovich in saber also competed for the Jumbos.

The 2018 NCAA Championships will be held at Penn State University March 22-25.