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Fencers look Good in Open Competitions

By Sara Ontiveros

The men's and women's fencing teams had strong showings at two individual open competitions last weekend.

At the Temple University Open, men's team captain Mark Hurst `94 placed 13th out of 51 fencers in men's saber. Meanwhile, Kris Giesing `93 and Keith Lichten `95, the latter in his first MIT competition, both competed in men's epee, but both were knocked out in the elimination round.

In the women's foil competition, co-captain Sara Ontiveros `93 placed 31st, Heather Klaubert `94 placed 34th, co-captain Kathryn Fricks G finished 40th, and Ronke Olabisi `93 rounded out MIT in 44th place out of a total pool of 101 fencers.

MIT also had a good showing at Brandeis University. Tzu-Yi Chen `95 placed 3rd in her first women's epee competition. Kristine McCaffrey `96 placed a strong 7th in the women's foil competition, her first open for MIT. Mike Johnson `93 placed 8th in his MIT team debut in men's foil. Jin Choi `94 placed 8th in the saber competition. Fencing for MIT for the first time, Dean Christakos `96 placed a strong 6th in men's epee.

This Saturday the MIT fencing team will kick off its dual meet season at Vassar College. MIT will fence NYU, the United States Military Acacemy, and Hunter, Bard and Vassar colleges.