Brown Fencing Competes at New Englands

Feb. 20, 2006

The Brown Fencing team was forced to battle illness as well as their opponents at the New England Championships yesterday. Despite their reduced numbers, the men and women fought through, securing squad honors in Men's Saber, Men's Epee, and Women's Epee.

Unlike the dual meet format, the New England Championships separate squads into A, B, and C-strip fencers so that each school's A strip fencer faces only other A strip fencers, and so on. The team round is scored by counting the total bouts won across all weapons. Both the men's and women's teams placed fourth on the day. The top performers on A, B, and C strips qualify to compete for the individual title.

Tri-captain Ruth Schneider '06 fenced the entire women's epee event on A strip despite serious illness, posting a 13-1 record. Schneider was then forced to withdraw from the individual event at the end of the day, which she had won for the last three years. Christine Livoti '08, returning from a 21st place finish at the U-20 Junior Olympics on Friday, was 13-1 on B strip in women's epee, and also qualified for the individual event, in which she placed fourth. Freshman Christina Salvatore went 11-2 on C strip, helping the squad secure the best record on the day across all schools and weapons.

Brown women's saber also fenced well, winning 30 of 39 bouts. Charlotte Gartenberg '08 and Olivia Partyka '07 both qualified for the individual event. Brown's women's foil squad competed without its usual A-strip fencer, Jen Hausmann, who stayed home due to illness, yet still posted 20 victories.

The men's foil squad was similarly deprived of one of its premier starters (Nick Bender '09) who also stayed home due to illness. In his absence the foil squad scored 20 victories, led by Jeremy Zeitlin '07 who went 8-5 on A-strip and qualified for the individual event.

Brown men's saber and epee squads were in control throughout the day and both emerged with top squad honors. Dan Mahoney '07 led the saber squad to 27 victories, with Sam Levine '08 going a perfect 12-0 on C strip. Both Levine and Mahoney qualified for the individual event, in which Mahoney took home bronze. In epee, Adrian Martin '06 went 10-2 on A strip, with Pat Culhane contributing a 9-3 record on B strip. Both fencers qualified for the individual event. Mike Malecz '07 went 6-4 on C strip to bring the squad total to 25-9, securing a tie with BC for the first place men's epee squad.

Next weekend, the Bears travel to the University of Pennsylvania to compete in the Intercollegiate Fencing Association Championships. That event will be a good test as the team prepares for NCAA Regionals the following weekend, where the team hopes to qualify fencers to the NCAA National Championships in Houston.