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Fencers Advance To Semis at PSU

By Mark Hurst
Team Member

Four of the seven MIT fencers advanced past the initial seeding round at the Penn State Open in State College, Pa. on Nov. 19. Featuring competitors from the nation's top fencing teams, this prestigious tournament is on par with the NCAA Div. I national championships.

Jen Mosier '96, a newcomer to fencing, made it to the second round and captured a respectable 27th place out of 49 competitors in the women's epee competition.

In men's epee, Kris Giesing '94 advanced to the third seeding round and missed advancing to the semifinals by one touch; he took 20th place out of 78. Keith Lichten '95 lunged his way to an outstanding 15th place in the semifinals. Erik Debonte '96 and Dave Lewinnek '97 also competed in epee.

Winning his first bout in the semifinals, Mark Hurst '94 captured 10th place out of 68 sabremen. Aditya Matoo '97 also competed in men's sabre.

After the women's team travels to Brandeis University Saturday, the men's team will host a big home meet on Sunday. Held in Johnson all day, the meet will feature Brandeis, St. Johns College, City College of New York, and Tufts University.