Providence, R.I. – Brown fencing qualified a pair of student-athletes for the NCAA Championships on Sunday, as senior Adam Pantel and freshman Caitlin Taylor made the cut in the foil and saber respectively at the Regional competition held at Brown. The Bears will have the opportunity to add two more qualifiers this week, as foilist Jonathan Yu and saber fencer Randy Alevi each competed well enough to be at-large candidates. Final decisions on at-large bids will be made on Tuesday.
“I am very happy for our pair of fencers who qualified to move on to the next level,” said head coach Atilio Tass. “Caitlin performed especially well to make NCAA’s as a freshman, and Adam has done a terrific job to qualify for the third consecutive year.”
Pantel notched the highest finish of the day for Brown, finishing the day in seventh overall, with the top eight earning spots at Nationals. Both Pantel and Yu performed well in the early going, winning all of their bouts in the first round to take the third and fourth spots in the first rankings. Yu faced a tough draw in the second round though, going .500 in the pool and dropping to 11th in the second rankings, while Pantel stayed even at fourth.
Though the two Bears again had stiff competition in the third pool, Pantel was able to hold on for seventh overall, and qualify for NCAA’s, while Yu hung in at 11th to be eligible for an at-large spot.
In the women’s saber, both Taylor and Alevi were seeded highly, advancing them to the second pool automatically. Once there, both fencers competed well enough to move on to the third round relatively easily, going a combined 9-3 in the early going. In the third pool, Alevi was particularly impressive, going 4-2 to finish seventh heading into the final round. Taylor was just behind though; though her record was 3-3, she was among the leaders in touches scored, putting her in eighth.
In the fourth pool, both Taylor and Alevi struggled, as each went 1-5 against the toughest competition in the region. However, Taylor’s earlier work was enough to give her an overall finish of ninth on the day, qualifying her along with Pantel. Alevi came in at 12th overall, earning the last spot to be eligible for an at-large.
Brown will be back in action on beginning on March 25, when the Bears travel to Boston to compete in the four-day NCAA Tournament.
For all of the day’s results and a complete list of NCAA Qualifiers, Brown fans can check out all of the action at: Complete Results