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Women's Fencing Undefeated

By Mark Hurst
Men's Team Captain

The varsity fencing teams captured six wins in eight NCAA meets at Vassar College Saturday. The women's team, led by captains Kathryn Fricks G and Sara Ontiveros '93, went undefeated for the day, while the men went 2-2.

The MIT women slashed Hunter, Bard, and Vassar colleges with decisive scores of 15-1, 16-0, and 13-3 respectively. In the final and toughest meet of the day, the women fencers destroyed NYU with a score of 13-3.

Fricks ended the day with a perfect 16-0 record, while Ontiveros and Heather Klaubert '94 went home with records of 15-1 and 14-2 respectively. Ronke Olabisi '93, Yi Chen '95, and Kristine McCaffrey '96 also achieved winning records for the day.

The men's team fought to victory twice on Saturday, beating Vassar 19-8 and slaughtering Bard 21-6. Despite a valiant effort at the end of the day, MIT lost to Hunter with a score of 11-16. The sabre and epee squads defeated Hunter 6-3 and 5-4, but the foil squad, led by Mike Johnson '93, had to settle with a solo win by Runako Godfrey '96.

In the most competitive meet of the day, NYU defeated MIT 22-5. Keith Lichten '95 defeated his opponent 5-0 to provide the epee squad, led by Kris Giesing '93, with its only win. The sabre squad lost a cliffhanger to NYU with a score of 5-4. Mark Hurst took all three of his bouts and Charles Baroud '93 took the fourth. Rene Despinos '94 was edged out of what would have been the winning bout with a score of 5-4.

The fencing team looks forward to the only home meet of the season on Saturday, Dec. 5 in Dupont Gym. The MIT community is invited to support the team.