The Brandeis fencing team, fresh off meeting and practicing with
Olympian Tim Morehouse '00 the day before, produced three gold
medals and three silvers of their own at the 2008 New England
Intercollegiate Fencing Conference Fall Invitational.
The best single performance for the Judges came in the men's epee, where Brandeis juniors Alex Clos (Arlington, Mass.) and Will Bedor (Rego Park, N.Y.) took first and second place. Clos was just 3-3 in pool competition, but won six straight matches in direct elimination play, including a 15-13 win over the #3 seed and a 15-13 win over #4 seed Bedor in the finals. Bedor was undefeated until meeting his teammate, going 6-0 in pool play and winning his first five direct elimination matches. Bedor was undefeated until meeting his teammate, going 6-0 in pool play and winning his first five direct elimination matches. Senior All-American Will Friedman (Newton, Mass.) was the runner-up in the foil competition. Friedman was 5-0 in pool play with a +22 differential, earning the top seed in the direct-elimination bouts. Until the finals, his toughest bout was in the first round, when he took a 15-12, decision. Friedman fell to a fencer from Brown, 15-12, in the championship match.
On the women's side, Brandeis had competitors reach the finals in all three disciplines. Sophomores Anna Hanley (Medford, Mass.) and Emma Larkin (Montclair, N.J.) won the saber and epee competitions, while senior Jessica Newhall (E. Falmouth, Mass.) was runner-up in the foil. Hanley went undefeated in the meet, going 6-0 in pool play and defeating her opponents by a combined 25 points to earn the top seed in the elimination tournament. She then defeated the tournament's third seed, 15-14, in the finals to earn the win. Larkin was 5-0 in pool play to earn the fourth seed in the elimination tournament, winning the title over the 11th seed by a 15-13 score. Newhall also captured the top seed with a 6-0 performance and +28 differential. She won three of her four direct elimination bouts by at least nine touches and earned a walkover in another before falling to the third seed from MIT in the finals, 15-8.
For their efforts, Bedor, Clos, Hanley and Larkin all claimed UAA Fencer of the Week honors.