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Fencing Team Narrowly Loses to Regional Champ

By Mark Hurst
Team Member

Last Friday the sabre and epee squads traveled to St. John's University in Queens, New York to fence in the NCAA Northeast Regional Championships.

Squad competition was held on Saturday, and both squads were quickly eliminated. Sabre lost a close one to Columbia University, which went on to take first place, and lost later in the day to New York University as well. The Epee squad lost to St. John's University and NYU, although Lichten won five out of his six bouts.

The individual competition was held on Sunday. Hurst, Baroud, Choi, Giesing, and Lichten were the five men's qualifiers. Baroud, Choi, and Giesing were eliminated in the first round of pools, but Hurst and Lichten advanced to the semifinals. Both of them went 2-3 in their second pool, and they also both missed advancing to the finals by one touch. Hurst took eighth in sabre, and Lichten took eighth in epee. They must now wait until March 19 to find out if they will be selected for NCAA Division I nationals which will be held over spring break.