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Women fencers capture top sports at invitational

MIT varsity women fencers captured the top two spots at the Carla Richards Holiday Invitational, sponsored by the New England Women's Intercollegiate Fencing Association. Team Captain Ann Zabludoff '86 finished in first place with a record of 18 wins and one loss. Team Armorer Linda Ystueta '88 took second at 17-2.

Four junior varsity fencers also entered the competition, held at Brandeis University this past Sunday, along with 32 other representatives from other regional schools.

All six MIT women qualified from the first round into the quarterfinals. Three of the junior varsity fencers -- LeNore Lehman '87, Laura Ryzowicz '89, and Aimee Yermish '88 -- were eliminated there, despite strong individual efforts.

Zabludoff, Ystueta and rookie Hope Nelson '86 advanced to the semifinals. Here again, the varsity foilists fought their way into the finals. Junior varsity fencer Nelson was eliminated but impressively finished twelfth overall in the competition.

In the final round, Ystueta and Zabludoff were pitted against Grace Bai, Stephanie Ewing and Melissa Sparks of Wellesley, as well as Anne Giuliano of University of Massachusetts at Amherst. MIT skill and finesse prevailed.

(Editor's note: Chu is manager of the women's fencing team.)