Bears Open 2005-06 Season At The "Big One"

Nov. 6, 2005

Northampton, MA - The Brown fencing team opened their season at The Big One at Smith College on Saturday, winning 4 medals. Brown sent eventeen fencers to The Big One, an individual tournament held annually at Smith. As usual, Brown's women's epee fencers dominated, all four finishing in the top ten. Ruth Schneider '06 won the women's epee event, beating silver medalist Christine Livoti '08 6-5 in overtime. It was the third time in her four years that Schneider won The Big One. Freshman Christina Salvatore opened her collegiate career placing 5th , with Lucy Walker '06 placing ninth out of forty-nine fencers.

The women's saber squad also fenced well, with Olivia Partyka '06 winning the bronze and Charlotte Gartenberg '08 placing fifth. Women's foil, missing squad captain Jen Hausmann who is abroad, were represented by Nanette Milner '06 and Allison Kwong `08, finishing 22nd and 33rd respectively.

On the men's side, Adrian Martin '06 won silver in men's epee, with David Berliner '09 placing fifth out of fifty-two. Captain John Sheehy '07 was seeded 12th after the first round but lost a heartbreaker elimination bout 5-4 in overtime trying to reach the round of sixteen. He finished eighteenth. Freshman Nick Bender cruised into the final eight, placing sixth out of 57 in men's foil. In men's saber, Dan Mahoney '07 and Sam Levine '08 placed fifth and eighth, respectively. Mahoney was edged 15-14 trying to make the final four, while Levine lost 15-13.

With ten fencers reaching the top eight of their events, the signs are good for the rest of the season. Both upperclassmen and freshman fenced well. This is Brown fencing's first year fencing in the Ivy conference. As the Ivy League is the toughest collegiate conference for fencing, this will be Brown's toughest schedule ever, but this is also one of the strongest teams for both men and women in recent memory. Brown fencing's next tournament is November 19th , when it hosts the first Northeast Fencing Conference meet.