Gill, Lau Lead Women's Fencing at NCAA Regional

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. - Junior Kaitlyn Gill and sophomore Sydnee Lau of the Tufts University women's fencing team advanced the furthest for the Jumbos at today's NCAA Regional hosted by Vassar College.

Gill in epee and Lau in foil both fenced into the third round of pools before they were eliminated, just missing the 12-person finals in each weapon. Senior Allison Cheng and sophomore Lea Levi advanced to a second round of pools, both in foil.

Lau finished 18th overall in foil. As the #19 seed entering the event, she earned a bye for the first round of pools. She won three of her six bouts in the second pool to qualify as one of 21 fencers to advance to the third pool. There she was eliminated after winning two out of six bouts.

Seeded 22nd in epee, Gill earned 19th place in today's competition. She won three out of four in the first pool and three out of six in the second to advance as one of the final 21. She was eliminated there after winning just one of six.

In the foil pools, Cheng and Levi both advanced to the second round by winning three out of four in the first. They were both eliminated in the second pool, with Levi placing 31st overall and Cheng earning 33rd.

In saber, freshman Anat Katz won two of four in the first pool. However, in a small field of 10 competitors she did not advance based on her -1 touches scored to touches received number. She finished 36th overall.

Junior Arianna Minassian did not advance out of the first epee pool despite winning two of four bouts. She placed 37th in the final standings. Freshman Shannon Chen was eliminated in the first foil pool and placed 40th.

NCAA Regional qualifiers Olivia Tomasello in epee and Bella McKinney in saber were scratches from today's competition.