February 7, 2006

Brown Women's Fencing Squad upsets Princeton, goes 1-2 in first Ivy League meet

Feb. 7, 2006

Ithaca, NY - Brown's women's fencing team staged an upset in its first official Ivy League competition, beating Princeton 14-13 during the first Ivy League meet held on Feb. 5, 2006 at Cornell University.

The women's saber squad led the way for the Bears, posting a 7-2 victory thanks to perfect 3-0 match records by Olivia Partyka and Charlotte Gartenberg. Although Princeton managed to win the epee and foil matches, it was not enough to take the meet. With Brown leading 13-12 and the Tigers needing two victories to win the meet, Brown's Senior All-American Ruth Schneider took to the strip, won the deciding bout for the Bears, and shut the door on Princeton's comeback attempt.

Earlier in the day, the Brown women were unable to overcome perennial Ivy powerhouse Columbia (a 5-22 loss for the Bears), although Schneider posted a 3-0 individual record against the Lions.

The Brown men ended the day 0-2, with loses against defending men's Ivy Co-Champion Columbia (1-26) and Princeton (9-18).

The women closed out the day with a close loss (12-15) to Cornell to finish with a 1-2 record. Cornell does not field a men's varsity fencing squad.

Against the Big Red, Jen Hausmann swept her opponents 3-0 while Allison Kwong went 2-1 to lead the Brown women to a 6-3 victory. But Cornell won the saber and epee events by identical 6-3 scores to win the match 15-12.

Men's saber had a strong day against Princeton, beating the Tigers 7-2 thanks to a 3-0 record from Sam Levine and a 2-1 record from Jeremy Adler. But the Tigers took the epee and foil events by 8-1 scores to win the meet 18-9.

Columbia was a far greater challenge for the Brown men. The Lions blew out the Bears by a 26-1 score. Brown's Nick Bender prevented the shut-out by snatching a foil bout from the Lions' jaws.

Individual performances were also important at the meet, as final individual records will determine final All-Ivy Selections.

Brown's current contenders for All-Ivy selection are: Ruth Schneider, 7-2, women's epee. Tied for 2nd place in individual Ivy Standings Charlotte Gartenberg, 5-3, women's saber. 6th place in individual Ivy standings Sam Levine, 3-3, men's saber. Tied for 5th place in individual Ivy Standings

Ivy League fencing competition - one of the toughest collegiate fencing leagues in the nation -- concludes with the second and final meet on Feb. 12, 2006 at Columbia.

One deck for Brown will be meets against Yale, Pennsylvania and Defending Champion Harvard. Brown's men squad beat Yale in an earlier meet this season and will look to repeat that performance.

FINAL MEET SCORES
BROWN MEN v. COLUMBIA D 1-26
Foil 1-8
Epee 0-9
Sabre 0-9

BROWN WOMEN v. COLUMBIA D 5-22
Foil 0-9
Epee 3-6
Sabre 2-7

BROWN MEN v. PRINCETON D 9-18
Foil 1-8
Epee 1-8
Sabre 7-2

BROWN WOMEN v. PRINCETON V 14-13
Foil 3-6
Epee 4-5
Sabre 7-2

BROWN WOMEN v. CORNELL D 12-15
Foil 6-3
Epee 3-6
Sabre 3-6