Brown Saber Squads Take 4th Place at IFA Championships

Feb. 27, 2006

Philadelphia, PA - Both the Brown men's and women's saber squads both took 4th place in their respective events at the 112th Intercollegiate Fencing Association (IFA) Championship, held Feb. 25-26 at the University of Pennsylvania.

Brown's women's team ended the meet in 7th place (out of 12 schools) while the Brown men finished in 9th place (out of 11 schools). Overall, Brown finished in 9th place. Harvard won the Championship for second year in a row.

The IFA Championship - an affiliate of the Eastern College Athletic Conference - is widely considered the nation's oldest continuous collegiate sporting event. The IFA Championship is fiercely contested each year by the Ivy League fencing schools as well as Boston College, Brandeis, MIT, NYU and Vassar.

Sabrist Dan Mahoney '07 had a stand-out performance at the event. He took 6th place - the highest individual placing by a Brown fencer at IFA's.

Mahoney finished the team rounds ranked #1 in his pool of fencers and qualified for the individual rounds where he lost 11-15 in the quarter-finals to 2005 NCAA Bronze medalist and 2008 US Olympic-team prospect Tim Hagamen of Harvard. Mahoney stated "I made it a lot closer than anyone was expecting, but in the end he was just a little too strong for me."

Joining Mahoney in the individual rounds was Jeremy Adler '06 who took 12th. Mahoney and Adler's performances in the team events, coupled with sophomore Sam Levine's strong fencing gave the Brown sabrists 4th place squad honors. Levine missed qualifying for the individual rounds by one victory.

Brown's women's sabrists also had a strong competition, taking 4th place thanks to stellar fencing by senior Olivia Partyka (8-3 in the team event), Deborah Gorth '09 (9-2 record) and Charlotte Gartenberg (5-6 record). Partyka and Gorth both qualified for the individual events. Partyka placed 9th and Groth took 15th.

Foilist Nick Bender '09 also made the individual tournament where he defeated defending IFA silver-medalist Cory Werk of Yale in a nail-biting 15-14 overtime bout to move into the final eight.

Bender lost his subsequent bout to Brandeis' Eugene Vortsman, the eventual bronze medalist, and finished in 7th place. Brown's men foilists ended the day in 9th place in their squad event.

Brown's women's epee squad missed the presence of All-American Ruth Schneider '06 who was still recovering from the cold that sided-lined her during last week's New England Championships. Brown contested this event with only two fencers, Christine Livoti and Christina Salvatore, who both qualified for the individual competition where they finished, respectively, 11th and 14th.

On March 5, Brown fencing competes in the NCAA Regional Championships, attempting to qualify fencers for the NCAA National Championships in Houston. The team will be sending the maximum number of competitors to Regional's this year and has high hopes to send multiple fencers to the NCAA's.

FINAL RESULTS

FINAL TEAM STANDINGS

6-Weapon Team
9th Place (Out of 12)

Men's 3-Weapon Team
9th Place (Out of 11)

Women's 3-Weapon Team
7th Place (Out of 12)

FINAL SQUAD STANDINGS

Men's Saber
4th Place (Out of 11)

Men's Foil
9th Place (Out of 11)

Men's Epee
11th Place (Out of 11)

Women's Saber
4th Place (Out of 12)

Women's Foil
10th Place (Out of 12)

Women's Epee
10th Place (Out of 12)

FINAL INDIVIDUAL STANDINGS

Men's Sabre (Out of 16)
Dan Mahoney - 6th Place
Jeremy Adler - 12th Place

Men's Foil (Out of 16)
Nick Bender - 7th Place

Women's Sabre (Out of 16)
Olivia Partyka - 9th Place
Deborah Gorth - 15th Place