Fencing Sweeps NFC #1

Nov. 24, 2008

Durham, N.H. - Brown fencing had a terrific performance at the NFC #1 this weekend, as both the men's and women's teams swept the competition and placed first. A number of fencers had impressive days, as the Bears beat Boston University, UMass, New Hampshire, and Sacred Heart, as well as Wellesley on the women's side.

The women's foil got the day started off well, going 38-7 overall, and sweeping both Boston University and UMass 9-0. Sophomore Francesca Bartholomew (Boston, MA) led the way for Bruno, dropping only one match en route to an 11-1 record on the day, while newcomer Vivian Truong compiled an 11-2 mark.

Though the epee was not as dominant, the women kept the momentum going with a 25-20 record in the event, led by senior Robyn Thvedt (Tucson, AZ), who notched an 11-4 record. Though the epee squad struggled against Wellesley and Sacred Heart, they beat the other three schools by a combined score of 20-7, pushing them into first place in the event.

The team wrapped up their showing in the saber, again picking up a winning record at 34-11, as senior Charlotte Rose amassed a perfect 10-0 record in the division. The Bears were particularly impressive against New Hampshire and Wellesley, compiling a 16-2 mark against the pair. Bruno's record in the saber pushed their overall record to 97-38 on the day, good for a winning percentage of 71.9%, and a first place finish.

Brown was no less impressive on the men's side, as they easily won their side of the competition. The team once again got off to a superb start in the foil, as junior Adam Pantel (Mendham, N.J.) and sophomore Jonathon Yu (Stony Brook, N.Y.) went undefeated in their matches, piling up a combined 19-0 record. The squad as a whole lost only twice, with a cumulative 34-2 mark, announcing themselves immediately as the team to beat.

Although the Bears narrowly lost to Sacred Heart and UMass in the epee, they won against BU and New Hampshire by a combined 17-1, giving them a solid 25-11 win overall in the event. Senior Toby Cohen (New York, N.Y.) led the way for Bruno, with a 7-2 individual record, and helped Brown establish a 59-13 record after the first two events.

With a significant lead heading into the finale, the men's saber didn't disappoint, running away with a 23-13 advantage over the field. Brown was led by freshman Peter Tyson (Stony Brook, N.Y.), who compiled an impressive 10-2 mark in his matches, and accounted for almost half of the team's wins. The final event improved Brown to 82-26 on the men's side, an incredible 75.9% winning percentage, and gave the Bears an easy victory.

The Bears will be back in action on December 7, when they will travel to the Brandeis Invitational.