March 6, 2009

Pantel Named NFC Fencer of the Year

March 6, 2009

Providence, R.I. - The Northeast Fencing Conference has announced that junior Adam Pantel (Menham, N.J.) is the league's Fencer of the Year, the first time that a Brown athlete has won the award. In addition, five other Brown fencers were named to All-League teams, highlighting an impressive year in the conference for the Bears.

Pantel, who was also a First Team selection last season, compiled an incredible 26-1 record in NFC bouts this season, clearly surpassing the nearest competition. He carried his success to the Ivy League as well, as he was also named to the First Team All-Ivy, the only Brown fencer to be honored in that fashion in 2008-09. His unorthodox style of fencing, in which he is able to strike from a number of different angles, helped Pantel establish himself as a dominant fencer.

"[Adam is] crafty, fast, and very unorthodox," league commissioner Dr. Elliot Lilien said. "He's the one you would like to have in a key bout. It's like facing the single wing once a year, or a knuckleball pitcher, in that he often bewilders opponents."

Head Coach Atilio Tass offered further insight into Pantel's success, saying, "Adam has an extraordinary sense of distance, timing, and blade control. He is able to touch his opponents from any position, and usually from very close quarters he can turn the tip of the foil with such an angle that it becomes unique. In the other hand he is able to lunge and attack from the most unexpected time and distance, surprising his opponents."

The Bears also had several other athletes recognized for their individual seasons, including another foilsman, sophomore Jonathan Yu (Birmingham, AL), who was named to the First Team for the second consecutive year. Freshman Peter Tyson (Stony Brook, N.Y.) wracked up a 22-8 record in his rookie season, and was rewarded with a Second Team selection.

On the women's side, sophomore Francesca Bartholomew (Boston, MA) was a First Team pick in the foil after picking up a 23-4 record this year. Saber fencers Randy Alevi (Old Westbury, N.Y.) and Charlotte Rose (Bethesda, MD) were named to the Second Team to round out the selections for Brown.

After wrapping up the regular season, the Bears travel to MIT this weekend to compete at the Regional Championships, with a number of fencers hoping to earn bids to the NCAA Tournament.