Jan. 23, 2003
Expectations are high for head coach Atlio Tass' fencing team as a mix of seasoned veterans and talented newcomers make up the 2002-03 squad. This season's men's saber and women's epee squads look particularly strong as they opened up the season undefeated through two meets in November. The Bears placed sixteenth overall at the NCAA Championships a year ago, including an eighth and eleventh place finish on the men's side and a twenty-fourth place finish in the women's competition. Both the men and women placed second at the 2002 New England Championship.
Senior All-American Paul Friedman (San Marino, CA) will lead the men's squad after placing 11th in men's saber at the 2002 NCAA Championships and first at the NCAA Regionals. In 2001, Friedman made it all the way to the final four of the NCAA Championships, the best finish in Brown fencing history. Senior Sophie Klein (Great Neck, NY), who placed third in women's epee at the 2002 New England Championships, will anchor the women's team.
The Bears began competition back in November starting with the annual "Big One" individual meet at Smith College. The team showed signs of great potential as eight members placed in the top ten. Friedman won men's saber while sophomore Dan Dorsky (Springfield, NJ) took third out of 46 competitors. Freshman Adrian Martin (Lexington, MA) took sixth in the men's epee.
On the women's side, junior Laura Brion (Sherman, CT) came in fourth for women's saber while senior Carmen Blackwell took tenth place. The women's epee team had three top ten finishers in freshman Ruth Schneider (Rochester, NY), the day's top finisher, freshman Lucy Walker (Houston, TX), who took eighth and Klein at ninth.
Friedman continued his leadership as the Bears officially opened up the season at the League One Meet at MIT, pacing the men's saber squad to a 9-0 score against UMASS. Schneider, who is nationally ranked, led women's epee to a 9-0 sweep against New Hampshire. Sophomore Shuana Edson (Livermore, CA) kicked off the season on a strong note, winning all four of her bouts for women's epee.
Several freshmen, including walk-ons Brian Christian (Little Silver, NJ), Jimmy Dorroh (Raleigh, NC), Jeremy Moore (Mercer Island, WA) and Jonathan Liu (Closter, NJ) have shown signs of great potential. Freshman Nannette Milner (Chicago, IL) and Julian Kellner (Duesseldorf, Germany) faired well in their first varsity meet in women's foil. Freshman Xian Leong (Republic of Singapore) should also make an immediate impact for the women's saber squad.