Nov. 1, 2004
Northampton, MA - The Brown Fencing team opened its season with a triumphant three-gold-medal performance at the annual "Big One" individual tournament at Smith College on October 30, 2004. The "Big One" is the traditional warm-up event for New England collegiate fencing where Brown fencers square off against regional rivals such as MIT, Brandeis, Boston College and Tufts.
Team captain and two time All-American Ruth Schneider '06 won the gold medal in the women's epee event, beating 43 other fencers for title. Schneider, who ended last season with a fifth-place finish at the National Championships, appears to have lost no momentum during the off-season.
Jeremy Zeitlin '07 took the second gold for Brown in men's foil in a field of 43 competitors. Zeitlin finished 24th at the National Championships last year and is looking to improve on that performance this season.
Brown's third gold medal of the day was secured by junior Olivia Partika in women's sabre. Partyka, who only began fencing a year ago, has quickly developed into one of the best women sabre fencers in New England.
Brown boasted six additional fencers placing in the top ten. Men's epeeist Adrian Martin '06, women's foilist Jennifer Hausmann '07 and women's saberist Charlotte Gartenverg '08 all placed fifth in their respective weapons. Senior men's saberist Dan Dorsky finished in seventh place, team captain Nanette Milner '06 fenced her way to ninth in women's foil, and freshman Christine Livoti finished tenth in women's epee.
Overall, the Bears finished the day with their strongest finish at the "Big One" in Brown history. The team looks forward to continuing the standard of excellence throughout the coming season as it prepares for the first Northeast Fencing Conference league meet at the University of New Hampshire on November 20.
Women's Saber - 39 Total Fencers
#1 Olivia Partika
#5 Charlotte Gartenverg