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Jeff Spear
Position: Sabre
Year: Senior
Hometown: Wynantskill, N.Y.
High School: homeschooled
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2008 NCAA INDIVIDUAL CHAMPION

At Columbia: In 2009, earned second team All-American honors ... gained a gold medal at IFA Championships ... first team All-Ivy League after posting a 14-1 mark at Ivy League Championships ... first team Academic All-District by ESPN The Magazine ... awarded James Murray trophy at year-end Varsity C Celebration ... Academic All-Ivy League member ... 2008 NCAA individual champion in sabre, earning first team All-American honors ... was second in sabre at NCAA Regionals ... earned gold medal at IFA Championship as second seed in sabre ... first team All-Ivy League after going 14-1 to help Lions to league championship ... won deciding bout against NYU to give Lions 14-13 win at tri-meet ... earned bronze medal in Junior competition at North American Cup ... named Academic All-Ivy League ... enjoyed an outstanding season as a first-year in 2006-07 ... won 28 of 36 regular-season bouts, the fourth-most victories of any Lion men’s fencer ... posted perfect 3-0 records five times ... 12-3 Ivy League record earned him second team All-Ivy League ... bronze medal at the IFA ... qualified for the NCAA Championships, but was unable to go due to the NCAA’s two-person per weapon rule.

Outside Experience: Travels regularly throughout the nation and world for competitions ... among his best performances, reached the finals of the Junior World Cup in Sosnoiwiec, Poland.

Personal: Major is evolutionary biology of the human species ... grandfather, Charles Spear, played football at Amherst from 1940-43 ... mother, Karen Kimball, was a cross-country skier at Minnesota’s Carleton College in the mid-1970s ... Jeffrey Kimball Spear, b. June 28, 1988 in Albany, N.Y.

Career Record:

2006-07:  28-8
2007-08:  21-3
2008-09:  49-12

Overall:  98-23