February 19, 2004

Brown Fencing Drops Matches to Columbia and Yale

Feb. 19, 2004

New Haven, CT - On Saturday, February 7, the Brown fencing team squared off against two of the strongest fencing teams in the Ivy League and the nation -- Yale and Columbia. Although Brown went 0-2 on the day, Bruno's fencers were able to notch some personal bests and come back to College Hill with one of their best performances against Yale in recent memory.

The women's team put up a strong match against Columbia, which traditionally fields the strongest fencing team in the Ivies, but lost the meet 8-19. Women's epee, led by All-American Ruth Schneider '06, came away with a 3-6 record in its match against the Lions. The sabre squad also posted a 3-6 record, and foil finished with 2-7.

It was an equally tough match for the Brown men. All three squads came up with win-loss records of 1-8 for a final score of 3-24.

Bruno put in a stronger performance against Yale. Freshman sensation Jeremy Zeitlin led the men's foil squad to a 6-3 victory, the squad's all-time best against the Bulldogs. Men's sabre pulled out a 5-4 victory. The men's epee squad, however, was unable to maintain the momentum and lost its match 2-7, bringing the final meet score against Yale to a close 13-14 loss. This was the Brown men's team's best performance ever against Yale.

On the women's side of the competition, Cristina Rodriguez-Hart '04 led the sabre squad to a record-setting 4-5 finish. Women's epee also lost 4-5, while women's foil finished 2-7. The final score, 10-17, was a new best for the women's team against the Bulldogs.

The Brown fencing team will travel to Tufts University on February 21 for the New England Championships, where it will square off against non-Ivy rivals including MIT, Brandeis and Boston College.

Columbia (Men, )Women)
Epee (1-8, 3-6)
Foil (1-8, 2-7)>br> Sabre (1-8, 3-6)
Total (3-24, 8-19)

Yale (Men, Women)
Epee (2-7, 4-5)
Foil ( 6-3, 2-7)
Sabre (5-4, 4-5)
Total (13-14, 10-17)