Jan. 28, 2007
Providence, RI - Behind strong performances from its sabre and epee squads, the Brown women's fencing team (14-1) clinched the Northeast Fencing Conference title Saturday, winning all five of its conference matches to finish with an 11-0 league mark. The Brown men (9-4) finished the day with a 3-2 mark in conference matches, giving them a 7-2 record, putting them in second behind Brandeis awaiting the results of the final NFC meet.
The women steamrolled to the title, facing only one difficult match in beating Brandeis, 15-12. The rest of their matches were won by at least nine, as they beat Boston College (19-8), Dartmouth (22-5), MIT (18-9), Sacred Heart (22-5), and non-conference guest Florida (24-3).
The sabre squad, boosted by the returns of sophomore Deborah Gorth (Amherst, MA) and junior Charlotte Gartenberg (St. Oaks, CA) from studying abroad, led the Bears' six squads with a 38-7 record in NFC matches. Gorth led the Bears with a 13-2 record in those contests, with freshman Randy Alevi (Old Westbury, NY), the December NFC Fencer of the Month, and Gartenberg right behind with respective records of 12-2 and 12-3. Also turning in strong performances were junior tri-captain Christine Livoti (Garden City, NY) and sophomore Christina Salvatore (Chevy Chase, MD) of the epee squad, who went 12-2 and 11-3, respectively, and freshman Kirsten Lynch (Maplewood, NJ) of the foil squad, who was 12-3.
The men, who entered the day in a three-way tie at 4-0, dropped their opening match with Boston College, 14-13. From there, the Bears were able to pick up wins against Dartmouth (20-7), MIT (14-13), and Florida (21-6), before falling to the eventual champion, Brandeis, by a 16-11 count. The team ended the day with a 16-11 win over Sacred Heart. Senior foil fencer Jeremy Zeitlin (Piedmont, CA) picked up a 10-2 record in the NFC matches to lead the Bears.
The Bears will compete next Sunday at the MIT Invitational to tune up for the first Ivy League event on Feb. 11.