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Two fencers receive UAA honors

Published: January 28, 2011
Section: Sports

The men’s and women’s fencing teams placed two saber fencers on the University Athletics Association’s Athlete of the Week honors list during the week of Jan. 23, according to a Brandeis statement on the event.

Anna Hanley ’11 earned the honor for the first time this season while Adam Austin ’11 earned it again in a great personal achievement. In the second Northeast Fencing Conference meet of the season, Hanley helped the Judges capture a 5-1 record with wins against Boston College, Dartmouth, Tufts, Brown and Smith, with one loss to Vassar. Hanley went 15-1 to help the saber team win against Brown and Boston College.

The Judges defeated Boston College (14-13), Dartmouth (20-7), Tufts (19-8), Brown (14-13) and Smith (19-8) while falling to Vassar (12-15). Hanley bested Brown in three to help the team to a 5-4 win, and the squad’s record of a 7-2 margin against Boston College in a pair of one-point wins. She has 39 dual-match wins this season, the Judges’ leader.

Brandeis women’s fencing has now finished their NFC schedule at 10-2 this season, tied with several other teams with only one potentially make-or-break meet possibility remaining.

Austin, also a saber fencer, was named as UAA Men’s Fencer of the Week, his second of the season. At the second Northeast Fencing Conference he went 9-2, held Jan. 22 at Brown University. But the Judges went 2-3 overall, defeating Dartmouth (18-9) and Tufts (15-12), yet falling to Boston College (12-15), the homefield Brown (12-15) and Vassar (10-17).

The saber squad fared a bit better, with a majority-win 3-2 overall record. The Brandeis men are 6-4 in the NFC now and have reached a 7-7 overall this season, while Austin is 38-4 on the campaign in an impressive run.

Julian Cardillo was the best player at this meet, a rookie who nonetheless went 11-0 in the foil.