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Fencing rattles sabers

By Sara Ontiveros

The women's and men's fencing teams competed strongly at the Fairfield University Individual fencing meet held Sunday, Nov. 3, in Connecticut.

In the women's varsity foil, MIT took four out of the top five places, and swept the top three. Felice Swapp '92 soared to a surprising first place over former team captain Alice Chang G, who placed second.

Rounding out the top three places was Kathryn Fricks '92. She annihilated the top fencer from Wellesley College. Sara Ontiveros '93 placed a close fifth, missing fourth by one touch.

In the women's novice foil, Heather Klaubert '94 captured

a well-earned third place in her first time competing for MIT. Shing Kong '94 fought well in her first fencing meet, being undefeated in her first seeding pool, but she did not advance in the competition.

In men's epee, Henrik Martin '93 finished in a phenomenal first place. Ed Chin '92 placed 11th, followed by William Chavez '94 placing 13th in his first meet. Also fencing in his first meet, Chad Brown '94 fought well, but did not place.

In men's foil, Luis Maldonado '92 placed an outstanding third place. Ken Ellis '93 placed 12th, followed by Todd Foley '94 who was seeded second in the qualifying rounds and placed 13th in his first time fencing for MIT. Freeland Abbott '92 finished 17th, and Christopher Cotton

'93 made good showings, but they both were eliminated by Maldonado.

In men's saber, Derek Rucker '92, undefeated in the qualifying rounds, finished ninth. Competing in their first fencing meet, Nopalzin Torres '94 and Mark Hurst '94 placed 19th and 22nd, respectively.

Next week, the Fencing Engineers face Vassar College, Tufts University, and Wellesley at Brown University.

(Sara Ontiveros '93 is a the manager of the women's fencing team.)