Men's Fencing Strengthens Squad by Gaining Four Freshmen

Men's Fencing Strengthens Squad by Gaining Four Freshmen

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard head coach Peter Brand recently announced the addition of four fencers for the upcoming 2009-10 season.

The incoming class consists of two sabre, one epee and one foil fencer. Both sabre fencers arrive from within the United States, one from New Jersey and the other from Connecticut, while the foil and epee fencers reside in Italy and England, respectively.

The Crimson finished in fifth place at the 2009 NCAA Championships and second at the IFA Championships. Harvard ended the 2008-09 season with a 9-9 overall record and captured its first Beanpot. The Crimson earned one All-America selection and one All-Ivy League selection.

Tommasso di Robilant/Foil/Rome, Italy/Lycee Chateaubriand de Rome
Captained the Club Scherma Roma fencing team in the 2008 Junior National Fencing Championship … Won the 2008 Regional Italy Cup Championship … Achieved a Top 10 Italian National Cadet ranking in 2007-2008 … Ranked sixth at the 2004 National Fencing Championship … National Cadet Championship finalist in 2008 … Finished in the top 16 in the Italian National Under-23 Championship.

Thomas Kolasa/Sabre/Princeton, N.J./Princeton

Won the gold medal at under-19 competition at North American Cup in 2008 … Placed sixth in under-17 World Cup in Hungary in 2006 … Claimed the silver in under-17 North America Cup in 2006 … Fenced to bronzed medal in under-20 Junior Olympics in 2006 … Captured the silver at Senior Team Nationals in San Jose, Calif., in 2008 … National Merit Scholarship finalist … National AP Scholar … American Fine Arts Laureate in 2005 … Won high honors at the New Jersey Music Teachers Association auditions in 2005 and 2007-08.

Michael Tom/Sabre/Greenwich, Conn./Greenwich
Winner of the gold medal at the 2009 United States Fencing Association (USFA) Junior Olympics … Won bronze medal in junior men's sabre at USFA National Championship in Texas ... Claimed the bronze at the 2008 USFA Junior Olympics … Ranked first in the 2008 USFA Cadet Men’s Sabre Championship … Named first alternate for 2009 Cadet Men’s Sabre World Championship … Helped USFA Junior Men’s Sabre team to gold medal at 2007 and 2008 summer national championships … Placed 16th in 2008 World Cup … Winner of the 2009 Gerber Medal by Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering … Finalist at the 2009 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Reno, Nev. ... National AP Scholar.

Ben White/Epee/Andover, England/Pete Symonds College
Has competed in the epee since 1999 … The Great Britain Under-16 champion and the GB cadet (U-17) champion … Member of the England U-16, the England cadet (U-17) and the England junior teams … Member of the Great Britain cadet and the GB junior (U-20) squads … Ranked as the No. 1 Great Britain cadet in 2006 and 2008, the No. 2 GB junior in 2009, the No. 8 European cadet in 2008, the No. 9 GB senior in 2008 and the No. 71 world junior in 2009 … Won one individual gold and one individual silver and helped his team to two team golds and one team silver at the UK School games from 2006-08 … Winner of the individual and team golds at the 2009 Australian Youth Olympic Festival … Won the bronze at the 2008 Gothenburg International Cadet Championship … Won the team silver at the 2009 Commonwealth Junior Fencing Championships … Finished ninth at the 2008 European Cadet Championships … Finished 25th at the 2009 World Junior Championships … Also competed for Great Britain at the World Cadet Championships.