By Sara Ontiveros
The MIT women's fencing team took three out of five meets last Saturday in duPont Gym, bringing the season record to 6-2 thus far.
The United States Air Force Academy was kind enough to preserve the Tech winning streak, falling to Lady Blades, 13-3.
The next meet was not so easy as Baruch's women surprised Tech by stealing the first three bouts. Kathryn Fricks '92 put an end to that, however, and by the end of the second round the meet was tied, 4-4.
Wins flipped back and forth, leading to a sudden death final bout situation where Baruch was ahead in the bout score, 8-7,
but Tech was ahead on touches scored, 57-52. Alice Chang G, with nerves of steel, hooked up and wiped the strip with her Baruch opponent, winning her bout, 5-1, tying the bout score,
8-8, and winning the meet on touches, 62-53.
As all good things must come to an end, so did the Cardinal and Gray winning streak when the women lost a close one to long-time nemesis Brown University. Unable to dominate the game, the Engineers were locked into a 5-5 tie with the Bears at the end of the third round.
With one bout left to fence it was deja vu with the bout score at 8-7 in Brown's favor, except this time the touch score was 57-52, also in Brown's favor. Tech would need to win the final bout 5-0 in order to achieve a dead tie. Alas, the fates did not smile upon the team this time, and MIT dropped the bout, giving Brown a 9-7 victory.
"There is no question that we did not perform up to our potential," said coach Ri Romano. "We played much too passive a game. That allowed the other team to set the pace, and before we knew it we had to play to catch up."
As the day went on, Brandeis joined the ranks of Air Force, losing to the Tech women, 13-3, and in the last meet of the day Tech lost to top-ranked University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 12-4.
Top scorers of the day included Alice Chang G, 14-6, and Captain Felice Swapp '92, 12-8.
This Saturday morning MIT will host Cornell University.
(Sara Ontiveros '92 is a member of the women's fencing team.)