Yu Leads Solid Debut for Bears

Nov. 5, 2008

Northhampton, MA - The Brown fencing squad had a solid debut at The Big One at Smith College on Saturday, as seven fencers medaled, and several others narrowly missed the podium. With their performance in the opener, the Bears have a good all-around showing to build around, and head coach Atilio Tass is optimistic about the upcoming season.

The men's foil was the strongest event for the Bears, as they took first, third, and fifth overall, with the entire squad earning medals. Sophomore Jonathan Yu (Birmingham, AL) led the way, winning the event and taking the only gold medal of the day for Bruno. Fellow sophomore Scott Phillips (Great Neck, N.Y.) and junior Adam Pantel (Mendham, N.J.) also had strong showings, as Phillips captured the bronze and Pantel finished a strong fifth, with the top eight places medaling.

Brown also looked solid in the saber and epee, as newcomer Peter Tyson had the highest finish for the Bears in the saber, taking seventh overall, while newcomer Steve Ellis was 15th. Junior David Pagliaccio (Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.) led Brown in the epee, recording a 17th-place finish.

Despite the loss of several key seniors, the women's side of the competition also had an impressive debut, with senior Deborah Gorth (Amherst, MA) capturing bronze in the women's saber. Classmate Charlotte Rose and junior Randy Alevi (Old Westbury, N.Y.) took eighth and 12th respectively.

Sophomore Francesca Bartholomew (Boston, MA) was the high scorer in the women's foil, winning another bronze medal for the Bears, while freshman Yukiko Kunitomo took 16th in her first collegiate action. Senior Christina Salvatore (Chevy Chase, MD) had the best finish in the women's epee, coming in 18th overall.

The Bears will be in action again on November 22, when they travel to UNH to take part in the NFC #1.