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Fencers split bouts against Brown, others

By Sara Ontiveros

The MIT women's varsity fencing team got the dual meet season off to a strong start this past weekend against New York University, Vassar College and hosts Brown University. Also, the junior varsity squad defeated the Wellesley College JV team.

MIT fenced NYU to a close 7-9 loss. The score was even at 4-4 after two rounds, but dropped to 5-7 in the third. Ronke Olabisi '93 and Felice Swapp '92 won their matches in the final round, but the Lady Blades' comeback attempt fell short. Three of MIT's seven victories came from Swapp, two from Sara Ontiveros '93 and one from Heather Klaubert '94 and Olabisi.

The MIT women swept the first and second rounds against Brown, 8-0. By the end of the meet, the score stood at 14-2, with Brown scoring only 20 touches on the MIT team, a clear victory for the Lady Blades. All four of Ontiveros' victories were 5-0, as were two of Swapp's four. Olabisi, Klaubert, Kathryn Fricks '92 and Shing Kong '94 also contributed wins to this match.

Vassar also fell in a 14-2 victory, including an MIT sweep of the final round. Swapp took four victories (including two 5-0 bouts), Ontiveros took four and Klaubert won three. Fricks, Olabisi and Tzu Yi Chen '95 each contributed one victory.

The women's JV squad narrowly beat rival Wellesley by a score of 9-7. MIT led 3-1 at the end of the first round, helped out by a decisive 5-1 victory by Olabisi. By the fourth round, however, only Chen took the winning match, a close 5-4 victory. Contributing to the JV victory were Olabisi who took two bouts, Klaubert with two and Chen, who captured a total of three. Fricks and Kong each took one bout.

Men's fencers fare well

The men's varsity and JV teams held their own against Tufts, NYU, Brown and Vassar. To kick off the day, the JV men narrowly defeated Tufts 15-12. The sabre squad slashed through the Tufts team with an 8-1 record. Mark Hurst '94 and Rene Despinos '94 each took three wins, and Charles Baround '93 snared two. The foil squad narrowly lost to Tufts, 4-5. Scoring the MIT victories were Freeland Abbott '92 and Luis Maldonado '92, each with one, and Kris Geising '93 with two. The epee squad also fell to Tufts 3-6, with Captain Henrik Martin '93, William Chavez '94 and Glenn Narvaez '94 each winning one bout apiece.

The men's team then fell to NYU in a 10-17 loss. The sabres completed their round 1-8, with Hurst taking the sole bout from NYU. Maldonado and Abbott each took two bouts, but the foil squad lost 4-5. The epee squad eked out a 5-4 victory from Ed Chin '92 (two wins), Chavez (two) and Martin (one).

The epee squad repeated their feat against Brown, again winning 5-4 in an 11-16 loss. Martin swept his three bouts, while Chavez and Chin each claimed one. In foil, MIT claimed only three bouts, with one win apiece from Abbott, Maldonado and Rhodney Edouard '94. The sabre squad met the same fate as Despinos took two victories and Hurst grabbed another.

The MIT fencers faced Vassar last and defeated them in a whopping 19-8 victory. The sabre squad swept through their competition 8-1. Three bouts went to both Hurst and Despinos, and Baroud claimed two. The men's foil squad fought Vassar to a 6-3 victory with Abbott sweeping all three of his bouts and Maldonado, Edouard, and Geising each claiming one each. The epee squad also prevailed, 5-4. Two bouts went to Martin and Chavez, and Chin took one.

Sara Ontiveros '93 is a member of the MIT women's varsity fencing team.