Fencing Becomes First Div. III School to Make ChampionshipsBy Sara Ontiveros
south bend, ind.
The MIT fencing team made history at the NCAA Fencing Championships held over spring break. They were the first Division III school ever to qualify a weapon squad to the open championship event. MIT sent a university-high four people to the championships. At Notre Dame University, Henrik Martin '93, William Chavez '94, Ed Chin '92, and Felice Swapp '92 challenged the top intercollegiate competition in the country.
Seeded 7th, the squad missed advancement by losing narrowly to Notre Dame and the University of Pennsylvania, but soundly defeated New York University to hold onto 7th place.
In the individual pe event, Henrik Martin, one of seven fencers from the Northeast to qualify, fenced brilliantly in the seeding round, placing 2nd. But a tough elimination pool prevented his further advancement. He finished 25th.
Swapp, one of seven women qualifying from the Northeast, fenced well, but illness prevented her from advancing to the round of 16. She finished 21st overall in this, her second trip to the NCAA championships.
Fencing head coach Eric Sollee was optimistic about the future. "It was a very exciting season. The women held to their standard of excellence and the men's team showed significant improvement over last year. We are all looking forward to next season," Sollee said.