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MIT Fencers Perform Well at Nationals

By Mark Hurst
and Joe Harrington

Team Members

Two members of the MIT varsity fencing team, two alumni, and an incoming freshman competed in the U.S. Fencing Association's National Championships this June in Fort Myers, Florida. Team captain Mark Hurst '94 and epe squad leader Keith Lichten '95 fenced in Division I and Division II events for their respective weapons. Team alumni Joe Harrington G and Lenore Kerber '87, and incoming freshman Dave Lewinnek '97 competed in one division event apiece, with Lewinnek also competing in an Under-19 event.

Lichten fought his way into team history by winning a medal in a national competition. He placed third in Division II Men's Epe and 57th in Division I Men's Epe. Hurst slashed his way to a respectable 35th place in Division I Men's Sabre and 37th in Division II Men's Sabre. He also served as a director for the Under-19 Men's Sabre event. Harrington, competing in Division I Men's Epe, took 48th place. Lewinnek, a strong fencer from the New England area, took 120th in Division II Men's Epe and 44th in Under-19 Men's Epe.

Kerber took 33rd place in Division II Women's Epe. Following the lead of the Internation Fencing Federation, the National Collegiate Athletics Association will have women's epe starting this fall, and MIT is currently seeking new people for this team. Women's epe will be an Olympic event in 1996.

MIT Men's head coach Jarek Koniusz, a bronze medalist in the 1989 World Championships, was also in Fort Myers for the annual event. Though he was in Florida as a director, he received an invitation to attend the World Championships as co-captain of the U.S. team. Koniusz traveled to Germany in late June to participate in that prestigious event.

MIT varsity fencing is looking forward to the 1993-1994 season. Award-winning coach Eric Sollee will head the women's team, and Koniusz will begin his second year with the men's team, assisted by coach Rob Hupp.