March 9, 2009
Boston, MA - The fencing squads traveled to MIT over the weekend to compete in the Regional Championships, with berths to the NCAA Tournament on the line. Sophomore Jonathon Yu (Birmingham, AL) and junior Adam Pantel (Mendham, N.J.) led the charge for the Bears, as each competed well enough to earn spots in the NCAA's. Rookie Peter Tyson (Stony Brook, N.Y.) also performed well, but came up just short of an at-large bid.
Yu recorded the highest finish on the day for Bruno, as he took sixth in the men's foil. That placement was enough to bump his National Qualifier Rating up to eighth in the region, making him one of nine fencers to earn the NCAA nod. Fellow foilist Pantel took 15th at Regionals, and was also awarded a spot as an at-large candidate.
Tyson capped off an impressive debut season with a ninth place finish at MIT, and just missed out on the automatic bid. Tyson had another shot as an at-large candidate, but was not selected to compete. Though she narrowly missed out on receiving a bid, senior Deborah Gorth (Amherst, MA) also competed well, coming away with 15th at the Regional competition and the 14th-best NQR.
The Bears will be back in action on March 19, when those selected will travel to State College to compete at the NCAA Championship.