Fencing Quartet Poised for NCAA Championships on Thursday

Fencing Quartet Poised for NCAA Championships on Thursday

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Brown fencing team will be represented by four student-athletes at the 2014 National Collegiate Men's and Women's Fencing Championships at French Fieldhouse this weekend: seniors Caitlin Taylor (Elk Grove, Calif.) and Christine Whalen (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) in women's sabre, senior Kathryn Hawrot (Barrington, R.I.) in women's foil and sophomore Simon Jones (Louisville, Colo.) in men's épée. The four-day round-robin event begins on Thursday at 9:30 a.m. with women's foil and runs through Sunday, concluding with the men's championship bouts.

The men's and women's fencing championships include individual events in each of the six weapons (men's épée, men's foil, men's sabre, women's épée, women's foil, women's sabre).

Fencers will compete in a round-robin format of five-touch bouts.  After the round-robin, the top-four finishers in each weapon will fence in semifinal 15-touch bouts, with the winners fencing to determine first and second places, and the non-advancing fencers being awarded a tie for third place.

An institution's place finish in the championships will be based on points earned by each individual.  A team will be awarded one point for each victory by its student-athletes for the duration of the championships.


Brown's four championship participants qualified for the event with strong performances at the NCAA Northeast Regional at Wellesley College on March 9. Whalen took third in women's sabre for the Bears' best finish of the day. Taylor placed fifth in women's sabre, Jones placed eighth in men's épée and Hawrot finished eighth in women's foil to round out the pack of Brown fencers head for the national stage.


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Thursday, March 20
9:30 a.m. – Women's foil, rounds 1-3
11:30 a.m. – Women's épée, rounds 1-3
2 p.m. – Women's sabre, rounds 1-3

Friday, March 21
9 a.m. – Women's foil, rounds 4-5
            Women's épée, rounds 4-5
            Women's sabre, rounds 4-5
1:30 p.m. – Women's Championships Bouts (in order of épée, foil and sabre)

Saturday, March 22
9:30 a.m. – Men's foil, rounds 1-3
11:30 a.m. – Men's épée, rounds 1-3
2 p.m. – Men's sabre, rounds 1-3

Sunday, March 23
9 a.m. – Men's foil, rounds 4-5

            Men's épée, rounds 4-5
            Men's sabre, rounds 4-5
1:45 p.m. – Men's Championships bouts (in order of épée, foil and sabre)


Both the Brown men's and women's fencing teams are receiving votes in the latest CollegeFencing360 Coaches Polls, which are voted upon by 10 coaches from throughout the country. The men's squad received 38 votes, the most of any team not in the top 10, after clocking in at ninth in the season's first poll to become nationally ranked for the first time in program history. The women's side earned 33 votes, the second-most of any squad outside the top 10. 


Senior Kelly McGuire (Park City, Utah) took 10th place in the men's épée and classmate Teddy Weller (Barrington, R.I.) captured the 13th spot in the men's sabre, as the Brown fencing team competed in the second day of the 2013 NCAA Championship at San Antonio's Freeman Coliseum on March 22. The Bears ended the competition as the 10th best men's fencing squad in the country, notching 23 wins over the course of two days.

In the épée, McGuire added five wins to the eight he recorded in the opening rounds, finishing with a 13-10 record and a +16 differential. After finishing the first day in 12th, the senior, who made his second appearance at the NCAA Championship, moved up two spots to finish 10th. In the final rounds of action, he earned victories against fencers from Columbia, Harvard and Penn State.

Although he dropped down two spots into 13th place, Weller earned three victories in the final rounds of sabre competition, finishing the competition with a -6 differential and a 10-13 record. The senior, who competed in his third NCAA Championship, grabbed wins over fencers from Notre Dame and Harvard.