The Men’s fencing team started off their season at the Vassar College Invitational this past Sunday. The team went 6-1 on the day, their only loss a heartbreaker 14-13 to the Ducks of Stevens Institute of Technology. The team defeated Yeshiva 23-4, Hunter College 21-6, Haverford College 16-11, Lafayette University 19-8, Army 22-5 and University of Florida 16-11. Senior captain Elam Coalson went 17 out of 18 for the sabre squad, which won all seven rounds. The sabre squad also looked impressive against Stevens going 8-1 and against Florida going 7-2. Sophomore Eli Polston won 15 bouts for sabre as well. Junior captain Ry Farley had 13 wins in epee while sophomore Jonathan Alperstein had 14. Sophomore Tom Racek went 16-2 in men’s foil. The team will be back hosting Senior Day on Sunday for the Matt Lampell Invitational.
The Men’s squash team traveled to Haverford College last Saturday to compete against their hosts as well as Dickinson College. Unfortunately the Brewers fell 9-0 to both teams in tough weekend. Sophomore Andrew Patton at No. 8 against Dickinson was competitive, falling 11-6, 11-4 and 11-6. Senior Tim Boycott at No. 5 went 11-6, 11-3 and 11-5. Against Haverford, Junior No. 1 Vincent Menotti started off with an 11-4 win, fell 12-10, fell 11-6 and then fell 11-4 for the rout. The Brewers are off until Dec. 5, when they travel to Connecticut.
Men’s Swimming and Diving
The men competed against Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) this past weekend up in Troy, NY. The Brewers couldn’t overcome the 11 event victories RPI picked up and they fell 194.5-100.5. The men are now 2-2 on the year. Junior Anthony Walker took first in the 200 fly as well as the 100 fly. Sophomore Luke Morrison swam season bests in both races taking second and fourth respectively. Sophomore Jonah Strand placed first in the 100 breaststrokes and second in the 200 IM. Freshman Alex May took first in the 1000 free and Junior Chris Cerutti had a season best in the 200 back, taking third. The Men will be back on Saturday against NYU for the last home meet of the semester.
The Brewer women had a tough opener this season against No. 12 Montclair State University. The Red Hawks knocked off the women 67-40 in the AFC. Sophomore Ariella Rosenthal led the Brewers with 10 points on the day. Seniors Rose Serafini and Caitlin Drakely both had 6 points each for the Brewers. Sophomore Samarah Cook had 8 and Serafini also added 11 rebounds and 3 blocks. The Brewers also shot 27.8 percent from the field (15-54). They will be back in action in the VC Tip-Off Tournament Friday and Saturday. They will play the College of Mount Saint Vincent at 6 p.m. on Friday.
After taking home the Tri-Conference Championship against Rutgers’ B-Side squad last weekend, the women’s rugby team played their first game of Nationals this past weekend. In the Round of 32, the team played a strong University of Delaware team and came away with a 50-12 win, which didn’t reflect the intensity of the game all day. While they finished third in their conference, the Blue Hens put up quite a fight as the first and second place teams, Kutztown and Bloomsburg, two eastern powerhouses. Despite the score disparity, the game was a hard-fought win for the women. It featured some of the most physical competition they have seen all season as Delaware constantly fought hard at the rucks and had the size and stamina to hang with the Vassar women. Senior Cierra Thomas scored the first try of the game and added one more later in the play. Freshman Rachel Elson added two as well as did junior Laila Blumenthal-Rothchild. Seniors Anne Fritzson and Taylor Nunley rounded out the scoring for the Brewers save for the 5 conversions Mary Margaret McElduff added. The women look ahead to playing host this weekend to eight teams qualified for two of the regional brackets of the USA Rugby National Women’s Collegiate Division II Fall Championship. The Brewers will be playing the U.S. Coast Guard Academy on Saturday, time TBA.
The women’s team had a rough opening round against Dickinson College. They fell 9-0 but had some very strong games. No. 1 sophomore Hannah Nice forced her opponent to a fifth game but was unable to earn the win. At No. 2, freshman Fiona Agger took the first set but was unable to win anymore.
In response, the women came back and played for a 9-0 win against Haverford. Nice went 11-5, 11-5 and 11-7. Agger went 11-7, 8-11, 11-2 and 11-6. At No. 3, freshman Jiamin Wu went 11-1, 11-5, 10-12 and 11-4 for the win. Senior captain Steph Zhu had another win at No. 7 going 11-4, 10-12, 12-10 and 11-4 after having just started to play last year. The Brewers will be going to Connecticut Dec. 5 to face Mount Holyoke and Connecticut College.
The RPI Engineers took 11.5 event victories to top the Brewers 188.50-111.50 as a team, but the Brewers had some very strong performances. Junior Julia Cunningham posted an NCAA B-Cut qualifying mark in the 200 fly, posting her first B-cut of the season for the second straight year against RPI. Cunningham tied for first in the 100 fly with fellow 2015 NCAA qualifier Shanny Lin. She won the 200 IM outright. Freshman Kael Ragnini took first in the 1000 freestyle as fellow freshman Sammy Stone was first in the 200 free and 500 free, just four seconds away from a school record. Freshman Mia Moraru reset her school record in the 3-meter diving event, finishing second just a point off of an NCAA Regional qualifying berth. The women will be hosting NYU on Nov. 21 for the final home meet of the semester.