Brown Fencing Places 13th in the Country at NCAA’s

Columbus, Ohio. – The Brown fencing finished in a tie for the 13th overall at the 2011 NCAA Fencing Championship hosted by Ohio State on Sunday afternoon. 30 teams were represented at this year's finals. The Bears benefited in the four-day tournament from sending five fencers making the championship, the most in program history. All five competitors were underclassmen: four sophomores and one freshman.

Sophomore Teddy Weller racked up seven team points during the first two days of fencing. Brown added 17 more points on day three of competition and racked 15 more on the final day.

Sophomore Caitlin Taylor, who picked up three team points for the Bears on day one of women's competition, moved up three spots to finish in 18th in the sabre, adding five more to the team total.

Brown boasted two women's fencers in the foil as both rookie Kathryn Hawrot (18th overall on day three) and sophomore Avery Nackman (22nd after day one of women's) competed. Hawrot moved up two spots to finish 16th overall in the weapon and registered 10 team points. Nackman added one more points for four total and held onto her 22nd–place ranking.

Sophomore Cory Abbe was Brown's lone competitor in the epee. Abbe secured her 17th overall position for the event and added four more team points for a total of 10.

Team Standings

1 Notre Dame 174

2 Penn State 168

3 St. John's 155

4 Princeton 150

5 Ohio State 148

6 Harvard 137

7 Columbia 94

8 Penn 91

9 Duke 74

10 Stanford 72

11 Northwestern 52

12 Yale 50

13 Brown 39

13 Temple 39

13 U.S. Air Force Academy 39

16 Sacred Heart 27

17 Cornell University 19

18 Vassar College 18

19 UNC, Chapel Hill 16

20 Brandeis 15

21 M.I.T. 11

21 Wayne State 11

23 Boston College 9

23 New York University 9

25 Detroit Mercy 8

25 Drew 8

27 Cleveland State 7

27 U.C. San Diego 7

29 Hunter College 6

30 Cal Tech 3