PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A Brown program record six fencers are headed to the 2012 NCAA Division I Championships on March 22-25, hosted by Ohio State. Head coach Atilio Tass and the Bears look to improve on impressive 13th-place finish last season as the squad boasts a fencer in each of the six events at this year's tournament.
The Bears have enjoyed one of the best season's in program history with a record-setting number of NCAA qualifiers. The Brown women won the Northeast Fencing Conference (NFC), while the men finished second in the NFC. The team also won the NFC combined title.
Juniors Cory Abbe (Scappoose, Ore.), Kelly McGuire (ParkCity, Utah) and Teddy Weller (Barrington, R.I.) will be joined by sophomore Kathryn Hawrot (Barrington, R.I.) and rookies Christine Whalen (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) and Barrett Weiss (Barrington, R.I.) after all six qualified at the Regional Championships at Boston College.
Abbe and McGuire will compete in the epee, while Whalen and Weller will represent Brown in the saber and Hawrot and Weiss battle in the foil.
The championship bouts will be fenced on one strip. The individual awards and team awards presentation will be immediately following the finals.
ESPN3 will be broadcasting the championships this year. They will be filming some of the preliminary bouts and will be airing the semi-final and championship bouts live from St. John Arena on Friday and Sunday of the championships.
An hour-long highlight show of the 2012 fencing championships will air on ESPNU at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 31.
Tickets will be available on-site the days of competition. Tickets will not be sold in advance. Tickets purchased at French Field House on the day of the event are CASH ONLY and there are NO additional fees.
Championship Ticket Prices:
All Tournament $30
Daily $10 – Adults
FREE - Under 2 years old
Schedule of Events
Thursday, March 22
10 a.m. Women's rounds 1-4
Friday, March 23
9:30 a.m. Women's rounds 5-7
1:45 p.m. Women's Semifinal and Championships Bouts
Saturday, March 24
10 a.m. Men's rounds 1-4
Sunday, March 25
9:30 a.m. Men's rounds 5-7
1:45 p.m. Men's Semifinal and Championships Bouts