March 8, 2004
Poughkeepsie, NY - On Saturday, February 28, the Brown fencing team squared off against Ivy fencing champions Columbia and other regional powerhouses such as Princeton, Harvard and Brandeis at the ECAC Championships held at Vassar College. The Brown team finished 9th in the team standings -- the best in recent memory -- and qualified a record six fencers for the individual rounds of the Championships. Columbia won the team event.
The men's foil squad ended the day in 9th place. Squad anchor Jeremy Zeitlin '07 qualified for the individuals, where he placed 6th, the highest of any Brown fencer for the day. Men's epee, feeling the absence of the injured Adrian Martin '06, managed an 11th place finish.
All-American Ruth Schneider '06 put in an excellent performance in women's epee. She led her squad to an 8th place finish in the overall standings and she placed 4th in the individual.
Women's foil ended the day in 8th place, behind the fencing of Jennifer Hausmann '07. Hausmann qualified for the individual round and placed 10th.
Olivia Partyka '06 had a good day in the team round of women's sabre and placed 11th in the individual final in the event. The women's sabre squad finished in 9th place.
The ECAC Championship is one of the oldest and most demanding collegiate fencing and sporting competitions in the United States. Each year, the eight Ivy League schools are joined by NYU, Vassar, Boston College, Brandeis and MIT to compete at the Championship.
The Brown fencing team will travel to New York for the NCAA Regional Championships at Columbia on March 7. Twelve Brown fencers qualified for the Regional Championship on the strengths of their individual records during the regular season. They will now fight for the right to represent Brown at the NCAA National Championships to be held at Brandeis from March 24-27.