Fruitman's Pair of Quarterfinal Wins at NCAA Regional Leads Women's Fencing

Freshman Hannah Fruitman finished 23rd in the NCAA Regional epee standings.

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – Freshman Hannah Fruitman of the Tufts University women's fencing team won a pair of quarterfinal matches at the 2019 NCAA Northeast Regionals held at Vassar College on Sunday.

Fruitman, seeded 35th in the epee division entering the meet, won three of her four matches in the opening round and was +7 in touches scored. She was one of 35 to advance to the quarterfinals, where she had two wins in six matches and was nearly even in touches (-1). She posted a 5-1 victory against Ashley Cherry from Sacred Heart in her best quarterfinal performance. Fruitman was not one of the 21 fencers to advance to the semifinals and finished 23rd in epee, up 12 spots from her seed.

Both freshman Allison Cheng and Zoe Howard played in the foil quarterfinals at Regionals. Cheng won all four of her opening round matches to get there. Howard had earned an opening-round bye due to her #25 seed in the weapon. Cheng allowed only three touches in four opening-round matches and was +16. She had 5-0 shutout wins against Lucille Tsao fromm Wellesley and Hannah Mui of Brandeis. Into the quarterfinals, Cheng defeated Mui again for her lone win in the round. Howard was defeated by each of her six opponents in the quarterfinals. Cheng finished 31st and Howard was 33rd for foil.

Sabre junior Elliot Pavlovich had a 2-2 record for Tufts in the opening pools and got into the quarterfinals, where she was defeated in each of her matches. Teammate Su bin Jeong played in the same opening pool as Pavlovich and won a match. Sophomore Lillie Ahearn was winless in four opening-round matches. Pavlovich was 35th, Jeong was 38th and Aheard was 39th in the final sabre standings.

Today's competition concluded Tufts' 2018-19 women's fencing season.