February 28, 2010

Yale Finishes Fourth in Ivy League

PHILADELPHIA, Penn. - The Yale men's fencing team completed Ivy League competition with a 15-12 loss to Brown this afternoon. In the second half of the Ivy League Championships, hosted by Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Penn., Yale had only Brown to fence. The loss brought the Bulldogs' Ivy League dual-meet record to 2-3, good for fourth place in the Ivy League. Junior Nathaniel Botwinick was named to the first team All-Ivy in foil, senior John Gurrieri was named to the second team All-Ivy in foil and freshman Colin Mills was named to the second team All-Ivy in saber.

 

Having fenced to a 2-2 record during the first half of the Ivy League Championships at Cornell last weekend, Yale was scheduled to fence only Brown, during the seventh round of competition. Characteristically, Yale won five of nine foil bouts, including a 3-0 record from Botwinick. However, the Bulldogs only won four of nine bouts in epee, and Brown was able to pull away by winning six of nine saber bouts.

 

"Today was a definite disappointment," noted captain Andrew Holbrook. "Brown, although a strong team, is a team we should have beaten. It was a frustrating loss. The format and five hour wait certainly did not help, but at the end of the day, we simply did not fence our best and bring our best game to the event. We now need to move on and prepare for and focus on NCAA regionals."

 

All-Ivy honors, given to the top six finishers in each weapon category were garnered by three Bulldogs. First team All-Ivy, received by the top three finishers was awarded to Botwinick, who f inished with a 10-4 record and a .714 winning percentage. Gurrieri finished close behind with a 9-4 record and .692 winning percentage, good for second team All-Ivy. Mills was named to the second team All-Ivy thanks to a 9-6 record and .600 winning percentage in saber.

 

The Bulldogs will now look to prepare for the NCAA Northeast Regional Championships, which will take place on March 14.

 


Report by Arsi Sefaj '11, Yale Sports Publicity

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