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Fencing Opens with Two Wins

By Mark Hurst
Team member

The MIT varsity fencing team has started the season off with two wins. The team traveled to the University of Massachusetts at Amherst Nov. 6 for the New England Collegiate Invitational, more familiarly known as "The Big One." Fencers from schools such as Boston University, Boston College, Brown University, Tufts University, and Wellesley College competed as individuals in this meet.

Several MIT fencers did well at The Big One. Most notably, Jin Choi '94 took home the first place trophy for the overall sabre competition. Also, John Rodriguez '95, Mike Johnson G, and David Nauman '97 were finalists in the men's foil competition. Sara Ontiveros G, in her first women's epee competition, placed fifth.

Still riding high from those victories, the MIT fencing team hosted a meet against Brown last Saturday. The men's team destroyed Brown with a decisive score of 16-11, as all three weapon squads were victorious. Henning Colsman-Freyberger '95 won the bout that ensured victory for both the men's foil squad and team overall. Another notable achievement came from newcomer Pete Jaffe '97, who won both bouts 5-0.

The women's team showed incredible determination, staging a brave comeback in the third round. Down by a score of 7-1, the women closed the gap to 8-6 before Brown took their ninth bout. Against an experienced Brown team, this was an impressive performance by a team comprised mainly of beginners. Winning bouts were taken by captain Wanda Chin '97, Lynn Basas '97, Elisa Pasquali '97, and Teresa Raine '97.

In their first varsity competition, the MIT women's epee squad also defeated Brown. Diane Ho G and Ontiveros defeated both of their Brown opponents, and Kathryn Fricks G took an additional win.