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Women's Fencing Finishes Second

By Sara Ontiveros
Team Member

The women's varsity fencing team made an outstanding showing at the National Intercollegiate Women's Fencing Association's Championships last Saturday at Vassar College. The NEWIFA is the oldest continuously contested intercollegiate championship for women in any sport, and it is now in its 65th year. This is the first time MIT has competed in this championship in many years.

The Lady Blades finished second in the team event behind Princeton after defeating 11 other schools. The Lady Blades only lost a total of 12 bouts for the entire day. Contributing to the Lady Blades many victories were Captain Sara Ontiveros '93 in the A pool, Captain Kathryn Fricks G in the B pool, Heather Klaubert '94 and Kristine McCaffrey '96 sharing the C pool, and Ronke Olabisi '93 in the D pool.

After the results from the team event were tallied, Ontiveros was tied for second place in the A pool. Fricks and Olabisi both narrowly missed advancing to the individual competition in their pools. Ontiveros went on to slash through her competition in the semi-finals, emerging undefeated at 5-0. In the finals, Ontiveros continued her winning streak and finished tied at the top of the heap with a 4-1 record. In a barrage for first place against a Temple fencer, Ontiveros fought valiantly, but lost 3-5 to finish second place.

Meanwhile, Tzu-Yi Chen '95 was performing exceptionally well in the first-ever women's epee competition at the NEWIFA Championships. Chen advanced to the finals after finishing 2-3 in the semi-finals. She then fought her way to a 1-4 record to finish sixth place overall.