February 12, 2012

Weller, McGuire, Hawrot & Weiss Earn All-Ivy Honors at Round Robins

New Haven, Conn. – Freshman Barrett Weiss (Barrington, R.I.) was named to the All-Ivy First Team thanks to his performance at the 2012 Ivy League Fencing Round Robins at Yale's Coxe Cage, while three other fencers earned second team honors: sophomore Kathryn Hawrot (Barrington, R.I.), junior Kelly McGuire (Park City, Utah) and junior Teddy Weller (Barrington, R.I.). As a team, the Brown men finished in a time for fifth place overall, while the women took a sixth place finish.

"It is definitely a great feeling. In the past we have earned Ivy League honors, however, this is the first time that Brown has achieved four honorees in the same championship," said head coach Atilio Tass. "It is a clear and positive sign of improvement and I am convinced we are beginning a totally new era at Brown for the fencing program."

The Brown men compiled a 1-4 record at the Round Robins, defeating Penn 14-13, and finishing tied for fifth overall with Yale. The women went 1-5, winning over Cornell 14-13, while falling in a close bout. with Yale, 14-13, ending in sixth overall.

Weller compiled a 9-6 record in the men's saber, good for a sixth-place tie in the weapon. Senior Peter Tyson (Setauket, N.Y.) and sophomore Nick Deak (San Diego, Calif.) also finished in the top 15 as Tyson ended in 12th with a 6-9 and Deak was 15th with a 4-11 mark.

Weiss registered Brown's highest finish of the Round Robins, finishing in a tie for second in the men's foil with an impressive 11-4 record, just a single defeat behind Princeton's Alex Mills. Sophomore Joshua Grill (Pittsburgh, Pa.) placed 13th in the weapon with a 5-10 mark, while senior Andrew Pintea (New York, N.Y.) was 15th at 2-11.

McGuire led the Bears in the men's epee, compiling a 9-6 record, good for a fourth-place tie. Freshman Alexander Chiclana (Cambridge, Mass.) and sophomore Benjamin McDonald (Woodlands, Texas) both posted 3-12 marks and finished in a tie for 14th.

Rookie Samantha Gross (Newton, Mass.) had a team-high ninth-place finish in the women's saber, posting a 10-8 record. Gross's classmate Christine Whalen (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) registered a 14th-place finish with a mark of 7-11.

Hawrot had the most wins of any Brown fencer, tallying a 12-5 record, good for fifth in the women's foil. Junior Avery Nackman (Katonah, N.Y.) was also in the top-20 in the weapon, finishing 16th with a 3-11 record.

Both junior Cory Abbe (Scappoose, Ore.) and rookie Hailey Huddleston (New York, N.Y.) placed in the women's epee. Abbe went 8-10 to finish in a 12th-place tie while Huddleston was 17th with a 3-15 mark.

The Bears will be back in action on February 26th at the Squad Championships at NYU.

 

Pictured above: (L-R) Weller, McGuire, Hawrot, Weiss