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Women's fencing defeats Cornell

By Sara Ontiveros

The women's fencing team chalked up another one in the wins column last Saturday when they triumphed over visiting Cornell University, 10-6. Even though the 2-2 score at the end of the first round cast doubtful eye at the meet's opening, the Lady Blades were able to turn tide, taking three of the next four bouts.

Maintaining an aggressive posture, the team was able to hold the lead through the 9-5 victory. Top scoring honors went to captain Felice Swapp '92, who took all four of her bouts, including the precious ninth victory. Next came Alice Chang G with three wins, Sara Ontiveros '93 with two, and Heather Klaubert '94 with one.

The men's team lost to Cornell, 18-9, narrowly losing foil and epee, 5-4 each, and losing sabre, 8-1. The one sabre victory came from freshman Mark Hurst '94 in the first bout of the day.

The epee squad struggled against a 4-2 deficit going into the final round, where they were able to recover only two of the remaining three.

The men's foil squad was led in scoring by Ken Ellis '93, who took two bouts. He was followed by captain Freeland Abbott '92 and Luis Maldonado '92, each with one win.

After the meet, the team was approached by a Japanese television crew filming a documentary about universities preparing for the future. The team was more than happy to oblige with a fencing demonstration, which they look forward to viewing sometime after oshogatsu (New Year's).

The team will pause briefly for the holidays and will resume their schedule on Jan. 17, when they will fence Duke University, North Carolina State, Johns Hopkins, Temple, Ohio State, and Navy.

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