March 3, 2003

Friedman Wins Silver Medal at ECAC/IFA Fencing Championships

The Brown fencing team placed tenth overall at the 2003 IFA Championships at Boston College on Saturday. The men's squad finished tenth overall with 30 points while the women's team placed 11th with 33 points. The Columbia men's squad placed first overall and the Princeton women's squad took first at the Championship. Senior All-American Paul Friedman (San Marino, CA) captured the silver medal in men's individual saber.

Friedman lost only one bout during the preliminary events to qualify for the individual finals. He rolled through final round before losing a hard-fought gold-medal match to Tim Hagamen of Harvard.

Brown's men's saber squad (Friedman, sophomore Dan Dorsky (Springfield, NJ) and freshman Jeremy Adler (Larchmont, NY) had a strong day, taking third place behind Harvard and Columbia. Dorksy also qualified for the individual finals in men's saber. He finished in 13th place.

Freshman Ruth Schneider (Rochester, NY), a Junior Olympic Bronze Medallist, qualified for the individual finals in women's epee, where she finished in seventh place.

Schneider, senior Sophie Klein (Great Neck, NY) and junior Alessandra Assante (New York, NY) put in a strong performance for Brown in the women's team epee event, taking fifth.

Klein also received the Annual Sportsmanship Award in women's epee. Each year at the ECAC Championships, coaches and competitors select one fencer from each weapon who best exemplifies sportsmanship, respect and general courteousness to receive this award.

Other highlights for Brown at the Championships included freshman Sarah Modiano (Washington D.C.) qualified for the finals in women's foil and finished 11th. Freshman Maya Holzman (Portland, OR), competing in her first ECAC Championship, won seven bouts during the women's saber preliminaries and missed qualifying for the finals by just two points.

Brown travels to New York University for the NCAA Northeast Regional Championships on Mar. 8-9.