From Brandeis University Athletics
Brandeis University fencing junior Ian Quin successfully defended his foil title on Sunday at the season-opening New England Intercollegiate Fencing Conference Fall Invitational, also known as "The Big One". The meet marked the collegiate coaching debut for Jennie Salmon.
Quin was one of 10 unbeaten fencers in the prelims, earning the sixth seed with a +18 indicator. He also cruised in the first round, 15-1, over a foe from UMass, and took a 15-7 win in the second round against an MIT opponent. Things got tougher as Quin advanced, defeating Frank Riccio of Sacred Heart, 15-10, in the round of 16. Against the third seed, BC's Cameron Mayer in the quarters, Quin edged his opponent, 15-14. Facing Christopher Kiel of MIT in the semis, Quin took a 15-9 win, and then won the final by the same score against Zachary Hammer of BC, to claim another title at the event.
In addition to Quin in the men's foil, sophomore Tristan Barca-Hall (Monterey, Calif./Scotts Valley) placed sixth overall, reaching the quarters with wins of 15-2, 15-14 and 15-4 before falling by another 15-4 decision. Rookie David Hui (Winchester, Mass. / Winchester) took ninth place in the competition.
In men's saber, the Judges saw sophomore Alex Holtmann (Bad Ueberkingen, Germany / Kantmannische Geislingen) tie for sixth place, senior Leon Rotenstein (Ashland, Mass./Ashland) finished ninth – falling to Holtmann in the quarterfinals, 15-10 – and rookie Lucas Lin (Plano, Texas / Plano West) finished in 10th place.