Bears Finish Seventh at IFA Championships
March 5, 2007
Princeton, NJ - Several strong individual efforts were put forth by Brown fencers, as the Bears finished their 2006-07 season at the Intercollegiate Fencing Association Championships. Freshman David Pagliaccio (Dobbs Ferry, NY) had the best individual performance of the day, finishing fourth in the men's epée. For the women, freshman Randy Alevi (Old Westbury, NY) finished in fifth in the women's sabre, while senior tri-captain Jennifer Hausmann (Mill Valley, CA) was named a co-winner of the Georges L. Cointe Award for sportsmanship and skill. As a team, Brown finished in seventh in the six-weapon team standings, with the women finishing fifth and the men placing ninth.
The format of the championship had two parts. In the first, fencers were split into A, B, and C strips in each weapon, fencing a round-robin with each other team's representative in that pool. This is the part from which team standings were taken. In the second part, the top eight fencers from the A pools, top five from the B pools, and top three from the C pools were placed in a 16-fencer bracket to compete for individual honors.
Pagliaccio qualified with seven victories in the B pool of the men's epée, then advanced to the semifinals before losing to the eventual champion, then dropping the third-place match. Both Alevi and junior Charlotte Gartenberg (St. Oaks, CA) qualified in the women's sabre, with Alevi finishing fourth in the A pool with eight victories and Gartenberg qualifying with seven wins in the B pool. Alevi won her first bout before losing, while Gartenberg lost her first. Freshman Kirsten Lynch (Maplewood, NJ) and junior tri-captain Christine Livoti (Garden City, NY) were Brown's other two individual qualifiers, in the foil and epée, respectively. Lynch had five victories to place seventh in the A pool, while Livoti won four in her A pool, taking eighth with the best touch differential among those with that many wins.
Among the Bears' six squads, the women's sabre squad of Alevi, Gartenberg, and sophomore Charlotte Rose (Bethesda, MD) had the best finish, placing fourth with 22 victories in 36 bouts.