Fencing Wraps Up Ivy Competition

Feb. 23, 2009

Providence, R.I. - The fencing squads wrapped up a tough day of competition at the Ivy League Championships on Sunday, highlighted by the selection of junior Adam Pantel (Mendham, N.J.) to the all-Ivy squad for foil. The women's team was also able to provide tough competition, although they did not come away with a win.

Both teams kicked off the action with bouts against Harvard. The men kept things close early, allowing the Crimson only a narrow 5-4 win in the saber, as freshman Peter Tyson (Stony Brook, N.Y.) went 2-1 in his matches. However, Harvard then rallied to go 7-2 in the foil and 9-0 in the epee to take a convincing 21-6 contest. Pantel picked up the only points for Brown in the foil, as he wracked up a 2-1 individual record.

The women were similarly strong in the saber, as they also went 4-5 against Harvard to lead off the event. Sophomore Mackiewicz, Aleksandra (Westwood, MA) led the way for Bruno, going 2-1 in her bouts. The Crimson then put up matching 8-1 records in the foil and epee, however, giving them the 20-7 win.

Following a break for both squads, the team resumed competition in the finale against Princeton. The men put up a close fight, tying the Tigers through the first two events before they pulled away in the epee for a 16-11 victory. Tyson again led things off on a strong note for the Bears, as his 2-1 individual record kept Brown close in the saber, as Princeton came away with a 5-4 win. Pantel then did him one better, going 3-0 to lead Bruno to a 5-4 win of their own in the foil. With the teams tied at 9-9, Princeton took a 7-2 advantage in the epee, however, enough to propel them to the overall win.

On the women's side, Machiewicz helped keep the saber close by winning her only fight, as the Tigers took the first event by a score of just 5-4. However, Princeton went on to 8-1 and 9-0 margins of victory in the foil and epee, giving them a 22-5 win on the day.

For the competition as a whole, the men tied for fourth place in the Ivy League with a 1-4 record, while the women compiled an 0-6 mark to put them into seventh place.

The Bears will be back in action on February 28, when they travel to Brandeis to compete in the IFA/ECAC event.