February 27, 2009

Pearce, Cano-Besquet Named All-Ivy

Feb. 27, 2009

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Captain Michael Pearce and senior Sebastian Cano-Besquet received All-Ivy honors after the conclusion of the Ivy Championships at Brown University, last Sunday. Pearce was named to the first team All-Ivy epee squad, while Cano-Besquet was named to the second team All-Ivy saber squad.

The selections were made based on the fencers' record at the round-robin Ivy League Championship, which took place over two days, Feb. 8th at Columbia and Feb. 22nd at Brown. The fencers with the best three records in each weapon class were named to the first team. Those with the next three best records were named to the second team. Fencers had to have competed in 75% of their team's bouts during Ivy competition in order to be eligible for All-Ivy status.

Pearce finished his Ivy season with a record of 9-4, good for a winning percentage of .692 and third place among all epeeists in the Ivy League. Notably, Pearce's result marks the first time in ten years that an epeeist has received first team honors in three out of their four years of eligibility and the first time ever that a Yale epee fencer has done it. In fact, Pearce has received All-Ivy honors in all four of his seasons at Yale, but his sophomore year was the only time he was named to the second team epee squad instead of the first.

Cano-Besquet ended with a record of 7-5, a .583 winning percentage, and sixth place among all saberists.

Additionally, junior Thomas Bell was one victory away from garnering All-Ivy honors.

Now that Ivy competition is over, the Bulldogs are training in anticipation for the IFA Championships this weekend.

Report by Arsi Sefaj '11, Yale Sports Publicity

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