|Bridget Marturano's third-place finish in saber was Tufts' best at the event|
SOUTH HADLEY - The Tufts University saber squad finished tied for first to lead the Jumbo women's fencing team to a seventh-place finish overall at the 2018 New England Intercollegiate Fencing Championships hosted by Mount Holyoke College on Saturday.
In the saber team standings, Tufts won 27 bouts overall to tie with Vassar College and Sacred Heart University for first place. The Jumbos were the fourth-place team in the final foil standings after earning 24 victories. The Jumbos also took 10th place in the epee team standings.
In the final saber results individually, Tufts senior Bridget Marturano tied for third and classmate Nayab Ajaz was seventh. Marturano reached the semi-finals with a 15-12 win over Wellesley's Lauren Park. However, she was prevented from going to the final in a 15-11 loss to Elysia Wang from Smith. In the quarterfinals, Smith's Wang had defeated Tufts' Ajaz 15-6. Tufts was the only team with two players in the saber table of eight. In the pool round, Marturano won four of her five matches and was +13 in touches.
Junior Zoe Howard's 10th-place finish led the Jumbos in foil. She had won the A qualifying round in foil with nine victories in 12 bouts with +12 in touches. However, she was unable to advance to the table of eight. Tufts senior co-captain Julia O'Gara had eight wins in the foil C qualifying round and was +7 in touches, but was not one of the 12 to move on to the pool round.
Sophomore Brie Gates' six victories led the Jumbos in the epee qualifying standings.
Tufts will travel to compete at the Fairleigh Dickinson University Invitational tomorrow starting at 8:00 a.m.