WALTHAM, Mass. – Brandeis University junior Joanne Carminucci of Brewster, N.Y., and sophomore Ian Quin of Ramsey, N.J., were selected as University Athletic Association (UAA) Athletes of the Week for women's and men's fencing, respectively.
Both athletes were honored for their performance at the season-opening New England Fall Intercollegiate Tournament, where each took home a gold medal in foil.
Carminucci, who reached the quarterfinals last year, earned the fourth seed with a 6-0 record and +24 indicator in pool play. In the direct elimination draw, she knocked off her first three opponents from Dartmouth, Sacred Heart, and host Smith, which set up a semifinal bout with top-seeded Kayla Moy from Boston College. Carminucci rolled to a 15-6 win, and then beat Bailey Partridge of Sacred Heart, 15-10, for the final victory. The gold is the second of Carminucci's career, as she also won took the crown in foil at last year's season-ending New England Intercollegiate Fencing Conference (NEIFC) championships.
Quin also went 6-0 in pool play, earning the sixth seed with a +21 indicator. He topped two teammates in his run to the finals, and beat top-seeded Boston University's Zachary Hammer, 15-6, to earn the gold. The gold is the second of Quin's career, as like Carminucci he also won gold in foil at least year's NEIFC championships.
Men's and women's fencing continue their seasons on Saturday, November 18 in Providence Rhode Island, as they take on Boston University, UMass, MIT, Sacred Heart University, and University of New Hampshire at the Northeast Fencing Conference Meet 1.
Carminucci is a 2015 graduate of North Salem High School.
Quin is a 2016 graduate of Ramsey High School.