NORTHAMPTON, Mass. – Senior captain Kathryn Hawrot (Barrington, R.I.) took the gold medal in the women's foil for the third time in her career to lift the Brown fencing team to a repeat first-place finish at the season-opening Big One at Smith College on Saturday, which featured over 20 colleges from throughout the region. The Bears were the champions of the day, taking away 13 medals. This narrowly eclipsed Brandeis, which won 12 medals, and the third- and fourth-place finishers, Sacred Heart and MIT, which won six and five medals, respectively. Brown scored two gold medals, two silver, three bronze, and six other medals for fourth- through eighth-place finishes.
Hawrot led women's foil with a 15-10 victory over Phoebe Liang of Dartmouth. Sophomore Audrey Lee (Upper Saddle River, N.J.) followed in sixth place. The men's foil squad also had two medalists: junior captain Barrett Weiss (Barrington, R.I.) earned fifth place, and sophomore Kyle Kennedy (Wall, N.J.) finished in eighth place. Senior Joshua Grill (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and sophomore Robert Iverson (Basking Ridge, N.J.) also had impressive finishes, placing 13th and 15th, respectively, out of 73 men's foilists.
Men's epee had three medals, tied with women's saber for the most of any squad. Sophomore Simon Jones (Louisville, Colo.) won the silver medal, improving from his eighth-place finish at the 2012 Big One. Freshman James Yoon (Austin, Texas) tied for the bronze, while senior captain Benjamin McDonald (Woodlands, Texas) took fifth place. On the women's side, senior Laney Caldwell (Indian Spring, Ala.) also tied for the bronze, passing her previous year's fifth-place finish. Sophomore Yoojin Cha (Seoul, Korea) also put up a strong performance, finishing 12th in the field of 73 competitors.
On the women's saber squad, Brown swept first and second place, with senior Caitlin Taylor (Elk Grove, Calif.) edging out junior Christine Whalen (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) 15-8 for the gold. Sophomore Lauren Altman (New York, N.Y.) earned eighth place. Representing the men's squad, freshman Alex Palabrica (Los Angeles, Calif.) tied for the bronze medal, while sophomore Denis Dukhvalov (Salisbury Mills, N.Y.) finished in fifth.
The Bears will be in action again on Saturday, November 16, when Brown hosts NFC #1 at the Olney-Margolies Athletic Center.