Women's Fencing a Finalist for USFCA Team of the Year, Three are All Americans

MEDFORD - The United States Fencing Coaches Association (USFCA) recognized the 2022 NCAA Fencing All-American teams, as well as the 2022 NCAA Fencing Teams of the Year on Thursday.

Tufts had three fencers named as All-Americans. Junior Kaitlyn Gill in epee and sophomore Sydnee Lau in foil were both one of three Division III first team All-Americans selected in their weapons. Sophomore Lea Levi was also honored as an honorable mention All-American in foil.

Head coach David Sach's Jumbos were also finalists for the Division III Women's Team of the Year Award. The winning team was New York University, while Johns Hopkins and Wellesley joined Tufts as finalists for the award.

The recipients of these awards were determined by an evaluation of their regular-season performance and post-season performance, including both the NCAA Regionals and NCAA Championships.

Seeded 22nd in epee, Gill earned 19th place at the Regional competition. She was one of six to earn All-Northeast for Division III in epee. Her 18-4 epee record in Northeast Fencing Conference (NFC) action this season was an 81.82 winning percentage to lead that weapon for the Jumbos. Lau finished 18th overall in foil at NCAA Regionals. As the #19 seed entering the event, she earned a bye for the first round of pools. She was one of eight to earn an All-Northeast distinction for the foil weapon, and had the team's best NFC winning percentage of 90.91 with victories in 20 of her 22 foil bouts. 

In the foil pools at NCAA Regionals, Levi advanced to the second round by winning three out of four in the first. She had won at better than 75 percent in her NFC foil matches (15/19; 78.95%).

Tufts enjoyed one of its finest seasons under Coach Sach this year, finishing third in the Northeast Fencing Conference and at #3 in the USFCA Division III poll. Against NFC competition, Tufts won 11 of its 14 competitions. Tufts had victories during the season against Northwestern, Brandeis, LIU and MIT squads that placed 15th, 17th, 19th and 22nd, respectively, at the NCAA Championships. Nine Jumbos qualified for NCAA Regional competition.

USFCA 2021-2022 All-Americans List