Daringa and Schmitt reach milestone of 100 career victories to lead women’s fencing at Vassar Invite


POUGHKEEPSIE, NY (November 13, 2022) – Junior Alan Smith and second graders Arianna Daringa Each reached the milestone of 100 career victories to lead the Stevens Institute of Technology women’s fencing team at Sunday’s Vassar Invitational.

Schmitt, who started day five with Saber on 100 career wins, finished the day with 15 wins and Daringa (Sabre), who needed seven to reach the milestone, added 13 for the Ducks, who went 2-5 on the day to finish the competition 10-12.

As a team, the Ducks notched wins over Cleveland State (16-11) and Yeshiva (26-1) and fell to several nationally known programs in Northwestern (21-6) and Cornell (24-3). The Ducks also dropped hard-fought fights with Wellesley (17-10), Sacred Heart (20-7) and Tufts (21-6).

“It was a tough day for our women’s team without some of our best fencers as we battled against some of the toughest teams in the country,” said the head coach Jim Carpenter said. “But our team fought hard all day and still managed to get some good wins.”

The saber squad was the most powerful weapon that day, with the Ducks averaging a 33-30 record with victories over Wellesley, Cleveland State and Yeshiva. Foil was a competitive 27-36 in the eight fights, beating Sacred Heart, Cleveland State and Yeshiva. The epee team recorded 14 victories that day to round out the weapons results.

Individual Foilist in the first year Emily Zgombic had seven wins while teammate sophomore Elizabeth McDonald and seniors Ashley McDermott added six and four respectively. First year Amber muzonessecond grader Annabelle Crescenzo and seniors Briana Ellis Each had three wins at Foil to round out their wins on the day.

Senior Keira Mizzi was the top winner at epee, scoring six wins while he was a junior Victoria Becke had three. second grader Renny Victoria and jr Mega Jain each added two during the first year Emily Miller scored her second career win to cap the epee performance.

In addition to Daringa and Schmitt’s performance on the sabre, in the second year Alyssa IP ended the day with five wins.

The Ducks dropped the first three doubles of the day, falling to Wellesley, Sacred Heart and Cornell. After a bye, the Ducks won their sixth straight duel against Cleveland State, using 7-2 scores in saber and foil to claim the win. It was followed by 21-6 straight losses to Northwestern and Tufts before the Ducks ended the meeting with a crucial 26-1 decision over Yeshiva.

Next: Women’s Fencing returns to the Strips on November 18 for the Columbia University Invitational.

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