If this season has been any indicator, saberist Sada Jacobson ’04 has a bright future as a Bulldog fencer.
Jacobson became the first Bulldog to capture the NCAA individual championship since Andrea Metkus ’85 did it in 1982. Jacobson won in the women’s saber event, defeating St. John University’s Marissa Mustilli in the championship bout 15-6. She was one of seven Elis who participated in the NCAA Championships this weekend in Kenosha, Wis.
With the win, Jacobson capped off a stunning year of fencing for the phenom from Atlanta.
The freshman dropped only one of her 23 bouts over the course of the weekend in Wisconsin. Jacobson led her fellow competitors with a winning percentage of .975 and plus-minus rating with a positive rating of 80. The plus-minus rating is the total number of touches scored minus the total number of touches received. The next closest competitor was Massachussetts Institute of Technology’s Caroline Purcell with a 62 rating.
Jacobson also finished the season without dropping a bout in regular-season team competition.
As a team, the Bulldogs finished ninth out of the 29 competing teams. St. John’s, who led from the first day of competition, took home the team title.
Each weapon had a field of 24 competitors selected from around the nation. The first round of the tournament consisted of a round-robin format where everyone fenced each other. In the second round, fencers were seeded according to their results in the first round and fenced in a direct elimination bracket.