Athlete OTW: Simon Jones ’16

The simple word “fencing” brings all manner of images to mind. From white picket fencing, which represented the suburban American Dream of the 1950s, to border fencing, which has become the most divisive issue of the 2016 presidential campaign, fencing resonates deeply with the soul of the American public.

The sport of fencing doesn’t have quite such a universal national appeal. But that’s certainly not the fault of Simon Jones ’16. On the contrary, Jones is doing everything he can to make fencing more exciting to a national audience, starting by qualifying for three NCAA championships in his four-year career with the Bears.

Jones, who fences “epee” — which, despite widely held public belief, is not an electronic toilet device, but a type of fencing — recently qualified for his third NCAA championship as a Bear, and placed 12th in the competition, earning his second All-American honor.

Born in Louisville, Colorado — which holds the prestigious distinction of the No. 2 spot on the “best-known towns named Louisville” list — Joneshas now completed his career as a student-athlete, but he’s not done with the Brown Bears: He’ll return next year as an assistant coach for the fencing team.

Jones’ life has been built around fencing: He’s fenced in the junior olympics and nationals as well as Junior World Cups in Slovakia, Sweden and Finland. And now, as his career with the Bears concludes, he leaves Brown a three-time NCAA finalist and two-time All American.

For reaching his third NCAA championship in his final days as a Bear, Jones has been named The Herald’s Athlete Of The Week.

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Athlete OTW: Kylor Bellistri ’16

It is with mixed emotions that the announcement must be made: Kylo Ren, infamous super villain, may face imminent displacement from his place atop the “Most well-known figures whose names begin with Kylo” rankings.

Who’s breathing down his neck? Kylor Bellistri ’16, who, after scoring three goals in the lacrosse team’s 11-8 victory over Harvard, has 23 goals this season and is now second in the nation in goals per game.

Born in Potomac, Maryland, some of whose numerous famous residents include Wolf Blitzer, Tiger Woods’ caddy, Mike Tyson and the Vice President of Nigeria, Bellistri is on a scoring rampage. Last year, he scored 35 goals in 17 games. This year, by his 17th game, if he continues his current pace, he’ll have 65.

The Lacrosse team, currently ranked No. 4 in the nation, is 6-0 (1-0 Ivy) and turning heads having reached its highest national ranking since 1994. The Bears lead the nation with 17.33 goals per game, of which Bellistri has contributed 3.83, and 11.33 assists per game.

For his increased scoring output and two clutch goals against Harvard, Kylor “I wouldn’t have shot Han” Bellistri has been named The Herald’s Athlete of the Week.

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Athlete OTW: Jorden Mitchell ’17

How many famous gymnasts are there from Indiana?

Well, this should give you an idea: if you attempt to search the website of the American Gymnastics Federation for athletes from Indiana, you will find that there is no such thing as the American Gymnastics Federation. Clearly, the national audience for gymnastics is small.

And it’s even smaller in Indiana.

But Jorden Mitchell ’17 is looking to change that.  And after leading the Bears to victory in their regular season finale last Saturday, the Health and Human Biology concentrator, who enjoys boating, wakeboarding, hanging out with friends, exercising and listening to music — and also, one would hope, gymnastics — has a chance, albeit a small one, at an individual ECAC title.

It’s not just individual achievements either: The Bears are headed to the ECAC final, held Saturday at William and Mary. A win would be the Bears’ second in three years, and last year, they finished a close second. The Bears currently rank first in the ECAC, seventh in the North East region and 52nd nationally. Caroline Morant ’17 ranks second in individual scoring and Mitchell is a close fourth.

For her career-high score en route to a Bears win and a trip to the ECAC finals, Mitchell has been named the Athlete of the Week.

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