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Lady fencers pound Harvard squad, 12-4

Women fencers foil Harvard, Wellesley, Vassar

By Sara Ontiveros

While Yale pounded the Crimson on the football field, the MIT women's fencing team did some pounding of their own in the fencing room at Harvard's Malkin Gym Saturday.

Alice Chang G set the pace by defeating Harvard's number one in the first bout, 5-4. Captain Felice Swapp '92, Sara Ontiveros '93 and Kathryn Fricks '92 were quick to follow and by the third round the Lady Engineers had triumphed over the Crimson women, nine bouts to three.

The final score at the end of the fourth was 12-4, with Chang and Swapp each sweeping four, Lefty Ontiveros finishing 3-1, and Fricks ending up 1-2.

The junior varsity women fencers claimed a victory of their own over the Crimson JV with a final score of 9-7. In a tense final bout situation, with the score at 8-7, Fricks calmly captured the coveted ninth bout by a score of 5-0.

Ontiveros presided over the JV victory with four bouts, Fricks and Heather Klaubert '94 each contributed two, and Shing Kong '94 took one.

Meanwhile, the MIT men's team lost to Harvard in a hard fought meet by a final score of 18-9. The men's foil squad, after a tough start, claimed three victories. Luis Maldonado '92 was top scorer with two of the three wins and captain Freeland Abbott '92 followed with one.

The epee squad lost a squeaker, 4-5, with Henrick Martin '93 and Ed Chen '92 each capturing two victories. Sabre, the youngest of the squads, took two bouts, one by veteran Derek Rucker '92 and the other by freshman Mark Hurst '94.

"This is a young team with no seniors but with plenty of spirit," coach Eric Sollee said. "There's

a lot of potential here, and we intend to develop it."

Last week's women's victories included Wellesley, 10-6, and Vassar, 12-4. The men slew Vassar 20-7, but lost to non-NCAA Tufts by a close margin, 13-14.

Look for the Fencing Engineers on Dec. 1, when they host the United States Air Force Academy, Brown, Brandeis, Baruch, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute in duPont Gymnasium.

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