Brown Fencers Take Five Medals At The Big One Season Opener

Nov. 5, 2003

Northampton, MA - The Brown fencing team ventured out to its first meet of the season on Saturday, Nov. 1 and captured five medals in four different events. Smith College hosted this year's annual "Big One" competition, the traditional warm-up individual tournament for New England collegiate fencing.

Brown squared off against perennial regional rivals Brandeis, MIT, Boston College, and Wellesley, among others. Armed with both familiar faces and new talents, the Brown fencing team used the event to demonstrate that Bruno will be a strong force in the region this season.

Brown's women's epee started off with a bang by earning two medals, a silver for senior tri captain Alessandra Assante, and a bronze for sophomore All-American Ruth Schneider.

Assante was battling both her opponents and a case of pneumonia, but miraculously fenced her best day in recent memory. Sophomore Lucy Walker placed 15th out of 53 fencers, and walk-on sophomore Heather Johnston placed 34th after barely a month of fencing training. The women's epee squad, which dominated competition in the region last year, is back with force as it looks to defend its ITS title as New England's top women's epee squad.

Junior Daniel Dorsky, an alternate to NCAA Nationals last season, captured the bronze medal in men's sabre. Teammates, sophomore Jeremy Adler, placed 12th, freshman recruit Dan Mahoney placed 24th and senior Ven Taipatri placed 36th out of 43 fencers. With Dorsky as anchor and a squad of strong starters, men's sabre will continue its reign this season as a legend in the league.

In men's foil, nationally ranked freshman Jeremy Zeitlin began his Brown fencing career by taking the silver medal. Fellow freshmen recruits Dylan Williams and Adrian Muniz placed 38th and 45th respectively, while sophomore Jeremy Moore fought his way to 11th and junior tri-captain John Wurzel finished in 32nd out of 51 fencers.