Women's Fencing UndefeatedBy 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.