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Bruce Soriano

Bruce Soriano (Fencing.  Born, Newark, NJ, April 30, 1950.)  Perhaps the most dominating man in his weapon ever in the N.C.A.A. fencing championships, Columbia’s Bruce Soriano became the first fencer in tournament history to win the national title three straight years in any weapon.  Soriano captured the sabre championship in 1970, 1971, and 1972, moving through […]

Jim Murray

Jim Murray (Fencing. Born, Philadelphia, PA, 1871; died, New York, NY, Jan. 28, 1957.) Considered by many historians to be the first American-born fencing coach of international significance, James Murray Jr., coached at the New York Athletic Club for 64 years and taught the Columbia varsity for 50. For three decades, he journeyed annually to […]

Graeme Hammond

Graeme Hammond (Executive.  Born, Philadelphia, PA, Feb. 1, 1858; died, New York, NY, Oct. 30, 1944.)  A standout athlete at Columbia (1875-78), Graeme Hammond later became a national fencing champion and one of America’s leading amateur athletics executives.  Hammond ran track, rowed crew, and played football at Columbia, winning the I.C.4A. quarter-mile and half-mile in […]

Katy Bilodeaux

Katy Bilodeaux (Fencing.  Born, Boston, MA, March 17, 1965.)  Doubtless the finest woman fencer ever from a metropolitan area college, Caitlin Bilodeaux came to Columbia from a Concord, Mass., family of athletes and began fencing at age nine.  Bilodeaux became the first woman ever to win the national collegiate championship twice (1985 and 1987) at […]

Hugh Alessandroni

Hugh Alessandroni (Fencing.  Born, New York, NY, Jan. 15, 1908; died, Little Silver, NJ, Mar. 30, 1989.)  A bronze medalist at the 1932 Olympiad, Hugh Vincent Alessandroni was the top American foil fencer of the 1930s.  Also a member of the U.S. team at Berlin in 1936, Alessandroni fenced at Columbia but really came into […]

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