Fencing Fights Hard, Falls Short
Feb. 26, 2013
New England Intercollegiate Fencing Championships
1. Brandeis 107
After 15 grueling rounds and 128 individual bouts, only two points separated BC Woman's Fencing from first place in the New England Collegiate Championships. It would have been the team's fourth consecutive championships, but despite heroic efforts by fencers asked to step up after the injury of a key starter, it was not meant to be. "I'm so proud of this team," commented coach Fadner. "Everyone stayed positive and did everything we asked. We had strong performances by every squad and the result hung in the balance right to the very end."
The women's epee squad came in first, and all three fencers advanced to the individual final, with Olivia Adragna claiming the Silver medal and Cara Hall placing fifth. The all-freshman line-up in women's foil placed a surprising 3rd, with Grace Lisius going undefeated in the team rounds. She and Linda Zhang qualified for the individual final, with Linda taking Bronze and Grace finishing 5th.
1. Brandeis 89
An outstanding effort by the epee squad helped the team claim fourth place over-all. The squad, Albert Starshak, Nikhil Patel, and Kendall Harmeyer, finished first. All three starters qualified for the individual final, an event that just would not end. After the preliminary round in the individuals, the three BC epeeists found themselves in the final round-robin pool of six. At the conclusion of that pool, four of the fencers, including all three Eagles, were tied at three victories each, forcing a four-way fence-off. A tie in victories between Harmeyer and Patel at the conclusion of the fence-off meant the title would be decided by the tie-breaker of touches-scored minus touches-received. A tie here moved the decision to most touches scored. A tie here forced the referees to go back to the original pool-of-six final to look at the combined touches-scored minus touches-received from the final pool and the fence off round. Still a tie. Combined touches scored? All knotted up. The result would be determined by a fence off between Harmeyer and Patel. Patel took an early lead, but Harmeyer came back to tie it up at 4-4. A final touch gave Harmeyer the Gold and Patel the silver. Starshak placed fourth. "I don't know what the statistical odds are for this kind of finish for any two fencers, let alone two teammates, but it was pretty dramatic," said Fadner. "It was great to see the three of them in the fence-off, and the competitive energy in the final bout is a real testament to them both."
In foil, Hanmin Lee placed third in the individual.
Complete results can be found here:
The teams travel to Waltham this weekend to make-up the Northeast Conference meets cancelled due to the blizzard.