POUGHKEEPSIE, NY - Junior Juliet Hewes reached the third round in the foil competition to lead the Tufts University women's fencing team's performance at the 2016 NCAA Regional Championships on Sunday at Vassar College.
Eight Jumbos overall qualified to compete at the Regional. In addition to Hewes' efforts, senior Alexandra Boden in saber, senior Julia Malleck in epee, junior Anna Gooch in epee, sophomore Nayab Ajaz in saber, sophoomre Bridget Marturano in saber, and sophomore Julia O'Gara in foil all reached the second rounds in their weapons.
Hewes was one of 21 fencers who advanced to the third round in foil. She won three of her four first-round matches and was +7 in touches scored compared to touches received. Her two wins and -5 touches in the second round earned her a third-round spot.
Boden was the top Tufts finisher in saber. She won three bouts in the first round and was +11 in touches. Gooch posted the best Tufts finish in epee at 28th. She won three of four in the first round and was a +6.
In first-round saber bouts, Ajaz (+8) and Marturano (+8) both won three of four. Ajaz went on to win twice in the second round.
The Jumbos did not qualify any fencers for the upcoming NCAA Championships at Brandeis.