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James Williams
Position: Sabre
Year: Senior
Hometown: Sacramento, Calif.
High School: Rio Americano
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At Columbia: All-American is one of the nation’s top sabreurs ... made second team All-America after winning 18 of 23 bouts at the 2006 NCAA Championships to finish fifth ... placed first in sabre at the North American Cup ... finished fourth at the NCAA Regionals ... first team All-Ivy League ... won 13 of 15 Ivy League bouts ... in October 2006, traveled to Torino, Italy with the United States Senior World team ... as a sophomore in 2004-05, went 23-11 overall and 6-2 in the Ivy League ... swept bouts against Princeton, Rutgers, Penn, Vassar and Sacred Heart ... took two bouts against fourth-ranked Notre Dame ... finished fourth at the NCAA regional in sabre ... ultimately ranked seventh in the region at the end of the season ... as a first-year, posted a record of 18-3 overall, 2-0 in the Ivy League ... .857 winning percentage was the best of all sabre fencers ... went 12-0 in his last 12 bouts ... tribute to his talent that he fought 21 bouts with three All-Americans in front of him at sabre ... should start at men’s sabre. 

Outside Experience: Studies at, and competes for, the Sacramento Fencing Club ... twice finished seventh in Junior “A” World Cup in Lograno, Spain ... fifth in the World Cup in Louisville ... third in Under-19 Junior men’s saber in 2001, second in the same event in 2003 (and 17th in Division I) ... ranked eighth nationally in Junior men’s sabre, and 19th nationally in Senior men’s sabre ... at Sacramento F.C., was coached by Ted Smith, Tomek Amborski, and Hristo Hristov. 

At Rio Americano: Competed in volleyball, lettering as a senior ... 2003 academic letter award ... four years in California Scholarship Federation. 

Personal: Double major in history and Russian studies... hobbies are basketball and soccer ... James Leighman Williams, b. September 22, 1985 in Sacramento, Calif.