February 25, 2003

Schneider and Friedman Capture Individual Titles at New England Fencing Championships

Feb. 25, 2003

Durham, NH - Senior Paul Friedman (San Marino, CA) and freshman Ruth Schneider (Rochester, NY) both won individual titles at the New England Fencing Championships, held Feb. 22, at the University of New Hampshire. The Bears finished third overall in the team rankings.

Nationally ranked Schneider took the women's epee crown in resounding fashion, dropping only one bout at the Championships. Friedman, an All-American, overwhelmed the competition to capture his fourth straight men's saber title. Friedman is Brown's first four-time New England individual champion.

In squad competition, Brown's women's epee and men's saber teams dominated the competition. Schneider, junior Alessandre Assante (New York, NY) and senior Sophie Klein (Toronto, ONT) took the women's epee squad title, losing only three bouts during the day and sweeping eight schools, including Dartmouth. Klein finished the individual women's competition in seventh place. The squad also earned the prestigious Women's Squad of the Day Award, a great climax to the team's successful season.

In the team men's saber event, Friedman, sophomore Dan Dorsky (Springfield, NJ) and sophomore Jeremy Adler (Larchmont, NY/) tied for first-place against MIT, one of Brown's perennial rivals at the New England Championships. Dorsky also took fourth place in the individual men's saber event.

In other individual events, freshman Adrian Martin (Lexington, MA) took fourth place in men's epee, junior Laura Brion (Sherman, CT) finished sixth in women's saber, and senior Jamie Martin-McNaughton (Monmouth, ME), fencing with a knee injury, ended the day in eighth place in women's foil.

The Brown women's foil squad took fifth place at the Championships and the men's epee squad took fourth.

Brown will look to build on this momentum at the ECAC Championships, hosted by Boston College on Mar. 1-2.