Fencing Teams Go Undefeated at First NFC Competition

Fencing Teams Go Undefeated at First NFC Competition

Nov. 19, 2007


Boston, MA - In a performance that showed their improved depth, the Brown men's and women's fencing teams both went undefeated at the first Northeast Fencing Conference meet of the season on Saturday, held at Boston University. The women (6-0) were relatively unchallenged on the day, winning all six of their 27-bout matches by at least nine points. The men (5-0) had similar success, with their only close bout being a 16-11 win over MIT. All six Brown squads had winning records on the day.

The top highlight for the Bears in a day full of them was the performance turned in by the men's foil squad, which went 43-2. Freshman Jonathan Yu (Birmingham, AL) led the way with a 12-0 record, with sophomore Adam Pantel (Mendham, NJ) and freshman Scott Phillips (Great Neck, NY) right behind with matching 11-0 marks. Sophomore Andrea Varotsis (London, UK) rounded out the squad with a 9-2 record.

Also turning in strong performances on the men's side were sophomore David Pagliaccio (Dobbs Ferry, NY), who went 13-2 in the epée, and senior Samuel Levine (Santa Monica, CA), who was 12-3 in the saber.

For the women, the saber and epée squads both had superb days, going 48-6 and 45-9, respectively. In saber, senior Charlotte Gartenberg (St. Oaks, CA) went 15-1, sophomore Randy Alevi (Old Westbury, NY) was 15-2, and junior Deborah Gorth (Amherst, MA) was 14-2, with freshman Aleksandra Mackiewicz (Westwood, MA) adding a 4-1 mark.

The epée squad was led by senior Christine Livoti (Garden City, NY), who went 13-1, and in a surprising performance, by junior Robyn Thvedt (Tucson, AZ), who went 14-3 after posting a record at Brown of 5-11 entering the weekend. Junior Christina Salvatore (Chevy Chase, MD) went 9-4, with junior Angela Matsushita (Westminster, CO) going 5-0 and sophomore Eva Shultis (Marshfield, MA) going 3-1 in limited action. In foil, freshman Francesca Bartholomew (Boston, MA) went 14-2, bringing her season record to 25-2,

Brown will finish its NFC schedule at the second of the conference's three meets, which will be held at Boston College on Jan. 26. The competition will get a bit tougher at that meet, as the Bears will take on their chief NFC rivals in the host Eagles and Brandeis. Before then Brown will compete at the Brandeis Invitational on Dec. 1.

Match Scores

Brown 23, Boston University 4
Brown 18, New Hampshire 9
Brown 21, Massachusetts 6
Brown 23, Tufts 4
Brown 16, MIT 11

Brown 20, Wellesley 7
Brown 22, Boston University 5
Brown 22, New Hampshire 5
Brown 25, Massachusetts 2
Brown 20, Tufts 7
Brown 19, MIT 8

Individual results will be posted later this week.