February 26, 2005
Providence, RI - For the first time in its history, Brown hosted the 2005 ECAC/IFA Championship this afternoon and ended the tournament the toughest of the year for Brown with a 10th place finish in a field of 12 schools. Harvard won the overall championship. The Brown men ended the team event in 9th place while the Brown women finished 11th.
The best performance for Brown was by the men's sabre squad which finished its team event in fifth place thanks to strong fencing by Dan Dorsky, who has been recovering from the flu, Jeremy Adler and Dan Mahoney. Dorsky and Adler both qualified for the individual portion of the championships where Dorsky finished 10th and Adler 14th.
Sophomore Jennifer Hausmann put in the best performance in the individual rounds for Brown, an 8th place finish. Hausmann lead the women's foil squad to a 10th place finish in the team event and qualified for the individual event. Hausmann soundly defeated Cornells' Shannon Flatley by a 15-2 score before falling to Harvard's Emily Cross, the 6th ranked fencer in the United States.
Freshman Christine Livoti had an exceptional 7-5 performance in women's epee during the team rounds where she scored several impressive victories against her nationally ranked opponents. Livoti's record along with 4 victories each from All-American Ruth Schneider and Lucy Walker gave the Brown women's epee squad an 8th place finish.
Livoti and Schneider both qualified for the individual rounds where Schneider finished 11th and Livoti placed 14th.
Brown women's sabre squad finished the day in ninth place. Men's epee and men's foil both took 10th place.
The ECAC/IFA Championship one of the oldest collegiate athletic events brings together some of the strongest fencing programs in the Northeastern United States. Each year, Brown squares off against powerhouse Ivy rivals Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Columbia, Penn, Cornell (women only) as well as teams from Brandeis, MIT, New York University, Boston College and Vassar.
The Brown team is now gearing up for the NCAA Regional Championships, to be held next Saturday at Yale. Best fencers at Regionals represent their schools at the NCAA National Championship.