Poughkeepsie, NY – The Brown fencing team enjoyed its best NCAA Regional Championship in nearly 11 years as four women's fencers advanced to the NCAA Championship on March 24-27 at Ohio State. Kathryn Hawrot and Avery Nackman in the foil, Cory Abbe in the epee and Caitlin Taylor in the saber have all advanced to the 2011 finals.
The women's foil team was extremely impressive in the regional, as Hawrot finished third overall and Nackman took ninth to advance to the Championship. Teammate Yukiko Kunitomo was also strong, finishing 20th overall.
Abbe took eighth overall in the epee, while Laney Caldwell chipped in a top-20 finish, taking 19th place. Taylor was impressive in the sabre, recording a seventh-place finish.
On the men's side, Scott Phillips nearly punched his ticket, finishing 12th in the foil. Jonathan Yu was nearly as strong, taking 17th overall. Kelly McGuire chipped in a 17th-place performance in the eppe.
Teddy Weller is in line for an at-large bid chance to make it the March 24th qualifier after his 12th-place finis in the sabre.