Brown Sets New Program Record as Six Fencers Qualify For NCAA Division I Championship
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Last year Brown fencing set a new program high by sending five fencers to the NCAA Division I Championship. This year, the record has been topped once again, as six student-athletes are heading to the national tournament after their performances at the Regional Championships, hosted by Boston College on Sunday, March 11.
"I am very happy with our performance at this year's Regional Championship. It is the result of a lot of hard work" said head coach Atilio Tass. "After setting the program record with five NCAA qualifiers last season, to break that mark again, in back-to-back years, is an impressive accomplishment."
Brown boasts a qualifier in each of the six events at the NCAA Championship.
Junior Cory Abbe (Scappoose, Ore.) finished seventh in the women's epee, while rookie Christine Whalen (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) also took seventh overall in her event, the women's saber. Sophomore Kathryn Hawrot (Barrington, R.I.) led all Brown fencers with a fourth-place finish in the women's foil. Abbe and Hawrot return to the NCAA's for the second-straight year.
Brown rookie foilist Barrett Weiss (Barrington, R.I.) finished sixth overall while junior Kelly McGuire (Park City, Utah) took ninth in the men's epee. Junior Teddy Weller (Barrington, R.I.) also placed ninth in his weapon, the men's saber, and heads to the championship for the second season in a row.
The 2012 NCAA Division I Fencing Championship will be held on March 22-25 and will be hosted by Ohio State.