Brown Fencing Puts Forth a Strong Showing at the Brandeis Invitational

WALTHAM, MASSACHUSETTS—The Bears exhibited strong performances in their second NCAA meet of the season, the Brandeis Invitational, this past Sunday, December 2. The men's team won three out of four match-ups, while the women were split, 2-2, on the day.

 

After starting off by defeating MIT (17-10), the men went on to score victories over Johns Hopkins (17-10), and UNC (18-9). They put up a good fight against a tough opponent, St. John's, whose team included members of the 2012 US Olympic Fencing Team. Brown tallied 10 victories before falling, 10-17.

 

The women took two out of four match-ups at the competition, overpowering MIT (19-8) and Johns Hopkins (18-9). They lost a difficult round against St. John's, 5-22, and suffered a narrow defeat to UNC, losing by just one bout, 13-14.

 

There were also some impressive individual performances for the Bears. On the men's epee squad, rookie Simon Jones (Louisville, CO) went 8-4 while senior captain Kelly McGuire (Park City, UT) had a 6-5 record, including a 2-1 mark against the powerful St. John's epee team. For the women, junior Laney Caldwell (Indian Springs, AL) posted a 6-4 record and senior captain Cory Abbe (Scappoose, OR) went 7-4, with an undefeated 3-0 score against Johns Hopkins.

 

Both the men's and women's foil squads crushed MIT, 9-0. On the women's side, rookie Audrey Lee (Upper Saddle River, NJ) put up one of the day's best records for the Bears, dropping only two bouts in the eleven that she contested. Senior Avery Nackman (Katonah, NY) followed close behind, tallying an 8-2 score. The men's team also had a number of strong showings, with junior Joshua Grill (Pittsburgh, PA) losing a single bout to finish 8-1. Sophomore Barrett Weiss (Barrington, RI) posted a 7-2 record, while rookie Kyle Kennedy (Wall, NJ) went 6-3. 

 

Two other rookies, Denis Dukhvalov (Salisbury Mills, NY) and Lauren Altman (New City, NY) had the best records on the men's and women's saber squads, going 8-4 and 9-3, respectively.

 

The Bears will return to action in the spring semester with a home meet at Brown on Saturday, January 26.