February 26, 2004

Schneider Wins New England Women's Epee Title

Feb. 26, 2004

Medford, MA - On Saturday, February 21, the Brown fencing team ventured to Tufts University to compete in the 2004 New England Championships. The team stayed strong through the 13-hour event and came away with one individual gold medal, three squad medals and an overall finish of fourth place.

All-American Ruth Schneider '06 qualified for the finals in women's epee by posting an 8-4 record in the preliminary team round of competition. She took her game up a level to finish the final round of individuals with a 7-1 record and take the women's epee gold medal. Schneider's second title in as many years helped secure her claim as one of the best collegiate women's epeeist in New England. Schneiders's record during the preliminary rounds, along with strong performances by Alessandra Assante '04 (8-4 on the day) and Lucy Walker '06 (9-2 on the day), gave Brown third-place in the final women's epee standings.

Not to be outdone, the women's sabre squad look home the silver medal at the team event. Olivia Partyka '06, Cristina Rodriguez-Hart '04 and Xianne Leong '06 posted a combined record of 23-11 to take second place behind MIT. Partyka had one of her best performances of the season, finishing the day with a 10-2 record in the team round. Partyka and Rodriguez-Hart both qualified for the individual tournament, where Partyka finished 9th and Rodriquez-Hart finished 5th.

Several other Brown fencers also had strong individual performances; Jeremy Adler '06 finished 4th in men's sabre, Jennifer Hausmann '07 ended the day 5th in women's foil, and Jeremy Zeitlin '07 took 6th place in men's foil.

Zeitlin had his strongest performance in the preliminary rounds of the meet. He finished with a 9-2 record for the team event and helped the Brown men's foil squad take third place at the championship. Hausmann also fared better in the team rounds, maintaining a 10-2 record and pacing the Bears to a fourth place finish in women's foil.

In the final standings, the Brown women's squad finished the championship in third place behind MIT and Brandeis, while the men ended the day in fourth behind Brandeis, Boston College and MIT. Overall, Brown finished the day in fourth place behind MIT, Brandeis and Boston College.

Brown's overall results would probably have been better had starting men's epee fencer Adrian Martin '06 not suffered a concussion midway through the event. Martin was unable to continue competing, and his absence was obviously felt in the team event.

Brown fencing returns to competition at the ECAC championships at Vassar College on February 28.