CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS - The Brown fencing teams dominated the competition at the Erick Sollee Invitational on Sunday, February 3, beating Haverford, Yeshiva, Stevens, Hunter, NYU and Duke. In total, Bruno only dropped 3 out of 36 bouts, going undefeated in the saber and epee divisions.
Junior Kathryn Hawrot (Barrington, RI), senior Avery Nackman (Katonah, NY) and rookie Audrey Lee (Upper Saddle River, NJ) all put up strong performances as the heart and soul of the women's foil squad. Hawrot's record of 13-1 added to her 18-0 score from last week gives her a momentous record of 31-1 going into the Ivy League Championships next weekend. Nackman and Lee scored 10-2 and 11-4, respectively. Sophomore Barrett Weiss (Barrington, RI) led the men's foil squad with a record of 12-1, with the remaining victories coming from the joint efforts of senior James Golin (Newton, MA), junior Josh Grill (Pittsburgh, PA), and rookies Robert Iverson (Basking Ridge, NJ) and Kyle Kennedy (Wall, NJ).
In the women's epee, junior Laney Caldwell (Indian Springs, AL) and senior Cory Abbe (Scappoose, OR) split the responsibility of winning and fenced extremely well, as both put up records of 15-2 for the day. They'll each look to build upon these big numbers at next week's Ivy Champs. Senior Kelly McGuire (Park City, UT) led the men's epee squad with a 15-2 performance, leading rookie Simon Jones (Louisville, CO) and junior Benjamin McDonald (Woodlands, TX) into next week's competition.
Lastly, both saber squads saw repeat big performances from last week's stars. Sophomore Christine Whalen (San Juan Capistrano, CA) had a 16-1 record, which, added to her score from last week, gives her an impressive overall record of 31-2 in the new year. She'll be looking to improve from her 14th place finish last year at the Ivy Champs. Senior Teddy Weller (Barrington, RI) put up a 14-3 record for the men's saber squad, and junior Nick Deak (San Diego, CA) finished right behind him with a 12-3 record.
Brown fencing won many bouts by wide margins of 9-0 and 8-1 and will practice throughout the week in preparation for the Ivy League Championships on February 9 and 10 at Harvard University. The women will attempt to beat their sixth place finish from last year, and the men will try to improve on their fifth place finish as well.