Adam Yarnell Selected for NCAA Championship, Giving Bears Trio of Qualifiers

March 5, 2008

Providence, RI - Sophomore Adam Yarnell (Harrison, NY) has earned an at-large birth at the NCAA Championships, joining teammates and fellow sophomores Adam Pantel (Mendham, NJ) and Randy Alevi (Old Westbury, NY) in qualifying for the event. The NCAA Men's and Women's Fencing Committee announced the field of 144 competitors that will participate in the 2008 National Collegiate Men's and Women's Fencing Championships on Tuesday. The mark of three qualifiers ties Brown's record, set in 2002.

Yarnell placed 10th at the NCAA Northeast Regional on Sunday, finishing with the 11th-highest qualifier rating in the men's epée. Qualifier rating is based 60-percent on a fencer's regional finish and 40-percent on his or her season record at certain events, as certain tournaments, like The Big One fall invitational, are not counted. For the season, including all tournaments and Regionals, Yarnell is 53-40, including a 17-8 mark to earn First Team All-NFC honors.

The Bears' other two qualifiers are Pantel in men's foil and Alevi in women's sabre. Pantel had the best record of any Brown fencer this season, going 65-20. A transfer from Rutgers, Pantel was named First Team All-NFC after going 21-2 in the conference. He also led the men's foil squad to the top record among Brown's six squads, coming in at 183-95.

Alevi will be making her second trip to NCAAs after earning Honorable Mention All-American honors last season for her 12th-place finish, going 10-13. This year, she led Brown females with an 82-30 record, notching 16 more wins than any other Brown fencer, male or female. She has earned First Team All-NFC (29-5) and Second Team All-Ivy (12-6) honors already, and became the first Brown fencer to win an IFA Championship.

Missing out on at-large bids were senior Christine Livoti (Garden City, NY) and junior Robyn Thvedt (Tucson, AZ) in women's epée, and junior Deborah Gorth (Amherst, MA) in women's sabre.

Last season, Alevi and Dan Mahoney '07 combined for 14 wins, giving Brown a 19th-place finish.

Ohio State University will host the championships at French Field House, March 13-16, in Columbus, Ohio. Fencers will compete in a round-robin of 24 fencers in five-touch bouts. After the round-robin, the top four fencers in each event will fence direct elimination 15-touch bouts for first, second, third and fourth place. Absolute ties for the seeding will be broken as follows: for positions one through three, by a coin toss; for position four, by a fence-off.

An institution's place finish in the championships will be based on points earned by each individual. A team will be awarded one point for each victory by its student-athletes for the duration of the championships.

For more information about the championships, log on to www.NCAA.com. Highlights of the National Collegiate Men's and Women's Fencing Championships will be shown on CBS at 1 p.m. Eastern time, Saturday, May 3. The seasonal show will feature highlights of 15 different NCAA championships that took place during the winter.