New York University - Violet Yearbook (New York, NY)

 - Class of 1961

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Fencing "The best in the country." These words per- fectly described the 1961 Violet fencing team. The most successful of NYU's athletic squads, the fencers Went through the campaign with nary a close call. They won eight dual meets, thus extending their undefeated string to 34 in a row, captured six of seven awards at the International Fencing Association tourney, and won everything available at the NCAA championships. The season opened against Yale, with the par- riers winning easily, 20-7. Rutgers, Columbia and Princeton then bowed to the Violets, the To llfbtf J closest margin being seven points. By this mar- gin, the next three meets were decided. NYU won over Hardvard, Navy, and CCNY. Brooklyn College was the last opponent to suffer a humili- ating defeat. But it was in post-season competition that the Violets really showed their strength. At the IFA'S, NYU swept through the eleven-college held to easily capture three-weapon honors. They won team epee, foil, and tied in saber. Herb Cohen, undefeated during the year, copped the foil award, while jerry Halpern took the epee prize. The NCAA's turned into an NYU tournament. The parriers easily beat the 51'team held, captur- ing all individual trophies on the way. Cohen, Izzy Colon, and Halpern were the champions here. Cohen, Pete Stein, and Gene Glazer led the foilsmen during the year. Glazer won a mid- season tourney over the world's finest fencers, but was defeated by Cohen at the lFA's. Halpern, Gil Eisner, and Alan Saltzman were the Violets' epeemen, while in the saber, Colon, Alex Kozicharow, and Bob Waltz represented NYU.

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However, what the Violets failed to accomplish in cross- country, they more than made up for during the indoor sea- son. The winter scene was dom- inated by two men: Wfedder- burn and Gary Gubner, a behemoth freshman shot-putter. Wfedderburn consistently turned in top performances in the 600, as well as anchoring a record-breaking mile relay. The peak of performances for both came in the Millrose Games, when Wfedderburn ran away with the Mel Sheppard 600, and then anchored the relay to three new records. Freshmen may compete in individual events for the varsity in invitational meets, and Gubner proved invaluable in this capacity. His best put of the year was a 58-11 in the National AAU Championships, which earned him second place. The two-mile relay of Tom and Charles Mc- Grath, Bennett, again team captain, and Brown Track and Field consistently took places in the top meets. In the Met Championships, NYU finished second to Manhattan, but won the most individual events. The IC4A meet saw Wedderburii take a second place in the 600 to cap the season. After the regular season had finished, several members of the team were invited to a meet in Ontario, Canada. In this they excelled, taking places in every event, and scoring more points than any other team from the Metropolitan area. Lack of depth was the main factor holding the team back from accomplishing more, but several versatile performers turned in Hne performances. Once more Zemachson, Urban and johnson did well in the hurdles. Freshman Paul Woodall, Jeff Little and Hamilton McRae scored many times, and helped their squad take second place in the Mets. A highlight of the season occurred when the team captured the Senior Met AAU title, only the third time this has been done by a college squad, and the first time by NYU. Healey had nothing but praise for his performers at the end of the season.



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Witli more all-around power present than in previous years, NYU's varsity rifle team tired to its best record, a losing 8-9 but better than its previous total of 5-15. A new coach was present for the season which ran from October to the end of March, in Army Sgt. Frank Zimha, who took over from a succession of Air Force cap- tains. Witli co-captain Ernest Mijares and several top sophomores firing consistently in the high Z6O's and 27O's, the graying NCO had more to smile about than his Royal Blue predecessors. Meeting some top schools in St. john's, CCNY, Brooklyn Poly and Brooklyn College, the Violets had a chance to better their previous scores each time out, their high of 1363 coming against Rutgers in a match that saw them lose by one point. Heading the list of the promising lowerclass- men were Fred Katen, Ken Oertel, and Fred Richter, all of whom placed in the top live shoot- ers for NYU in almost every meet. In addition, juniors Alex Smirnoff, Martin Reiter, and Barry Mijzlfef mm' Fletcher faking rlerzdy slim. Litofsky were around whenever the sophs began to falter. In Metropolitan Intercollegiate Rifle League competition, NYU wound up in tenth place out of a held of twenty, their loop record at 8-8. The Violets' only non-league loss came to Navy in january when Katen shot a season high of 277, tying Vance Sutton's effort against Rutgers. Rifle .hi -wife U' f W

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