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Bulldogs to Fence Brown in Second Half of Ivy Championships

Oliver Foellmer (left, 1990), Nathaniel Botwinick (right, 2011), cropped
Oliver Foellmer (left, 1990), Nathaniel Botwinick (right, 2011), cropped

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale men's fencing team will complete competition in the Ivy League Fencing Championships this Sunday, Feb. 28. Last week, in the first day of competition hosted by Cornell in Ithaca, N.Y., the Bulldogs fenced to a 2-2 record against Columbia, Harvard, Penn and Princeton. The second day of the Championships will be hosted by Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Penn. The Bulldogs have only Brown left to fence during this final day of the Ivy Championships.

The schedule worked out such that Yale was the only team that had to fence in all four rounds of last week's competition. The Bulldogs started the day off by beating no. 8 Columbia 18-9, then dropped a frustrating match against no. 6 Harvard 16-11. Yale followed up by then beating last year's champion, no. 7 Pennsylvania, by a decisive score of 17-10. The victory was particularly impressive considering that the Elis were defeated 22-5 by the Quakers last season. In the fourth and final round of the day, the Bulldogs fenced to narrow and tightly fought loss to no. 4 Princeton, 14-13. Yale really gave it their all, but just wasn't able to pull out the win against Princeton, who was undefeated on the day.

"Our close loss to Princeton last weekend was tough, but I am proud of the way every member of this team fenced," said captain Andrew Holbrook.

Last week, Brown compiled a 1-1 record, defeating Columbia 17-10 and losing to Princeton 17-10.

"We must be focused and determined when we come out this weekend against Brown," said Holbrook. "With the schedule as it is, it will be especially important that we come out warmed up, prepared and ready from the first bout. There is little margin for error and everyone on this team wants to make the most of our final Ivy League match."

At last year's Ivy Championships, Yale lost a tough match to Brown by a score of 13-14. In that match, the Yale foil squad won only four of nine bouts. This year, the powerful Yale foilists will be eager for redemption.

"With this final match against Brown, we are looking to secure our place in the Ivy League and finish the season on a positive note," noted Holbrook. "I believe in this team and am confident we will win."

Yale will be fencing in the third round of the day, at 3 p.m.

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Report by Arsi Sefaj '11, Yale Sports Publicity