NEW YORK – Head coach Michael Aufrichtig has announced that six fencers will lead Columbia men and women’s fencing teams as captains for the 2014-15 season. Harry Bergman, Michael Josephs, and Will Spear will guide the men’s squad, while Jackie Dubrovich, Suzy Freeman and Natalie Gegan will take on the leadership responsibilities of the women’s team.
“I am confident in the leadership our team has chosen” Aufrichtig said. “Our captains are 100 percent committed toward our team in helping them become the best we can be on and off the strip. Great moments are ahead of us.”
Bergman, a foil fencer from Lebanon, New Jersey, finished sixth at the NCAA Regionals last season as a sophomore and went on to place 21st at the NCAA Championships. He earned a spot on the All-Ivy League second team for the second straight season after positing a 9-6 record, which included two key wins against Harvard at the conference’s meet.
A sabre fencer from Chevy Chase, Maryland, Josephs notched two prominent victories in Columbia’s 14-13 win over Harvard as a junior last season at the Ivy League Round-Robins. A two-time All-American, the senior enters his final season in Morningside Heights will a 119-68 overall record in Columbia Blue.
Senior sabre fencer Spear, who calls Wynantskill, New York, home, has already etched his name in the Lions’ record book as a two-time second team All-American, two-time first-team All-Ivy League honoree and the Most Outstanding Performer and Most Outstanding Rookie Performer at the Ivy League Championships as a first year in 2011-12. As a junior last season, he took 12th at the NCAA Championships after placing sixth at the NCAA Regionals and posted a 9-6 performance at Ivies to garner All-Ivy second team accolades.
In her second season as a Lion, Dubrovich defeated 19 foil fencers at the NCAA Championships in 2014, en route to a bronze medal finish and her second consecutive All-America first team honor. The junior from Riverdale, New Jersey, also earned a spot on the All-Ivy League second team after compiling a 14-4 mark against conference opponents and capturing fifth at the NCAA Northeast Regionals. Currently Dubrovich boasts a 197-27 all-time record throughout her two-year career with the Lions.
Hailing from Brookline, Massachusetts, Freeman is known best for her strong work ethic and leadership skills. The senior sabre fencer came from the Columbia University Physical Education Class where she made an immediate impact last season. This year she will receive even more support from three strong incoming first-years.
Fencing with the epee, Gegan, a senior from Culver City, California, has been a strong force of the Lions’ epee squad and the Columbia team as a whole. As a sophomore in 2012-13, she made her debut at the NCAA Championships after claiming 10th at the NCAA Northeast Regionals. A second team All-Ivy League selection that same season, Gegan went 9-5 against her conference opponents to tie for sixth at the league’s meet.