Fencing Teams Struggles Against Tough CompetitionBy Ifung Lu
The men's varsity fencing team hosted a varsity meet this Sunday. This meet featured formidable competition from Boston College, and Brandeis, Brown, and St. John's universities.
The meet provided the toughest competition the team faced this year. Nevertheless, the men's team exhibited incredible determination and will power in fending off the competitors before succumbing to them in the end.
The men's sabre squad fenced well, despite its first round loss to Boston College by the narrow margin of just one point with the score of 4-5. However, MIT sabremen rallied in the second round and crushed Brandeis University.
The sabremen easily sliced through their opponents' defenses and captured that round with the score of 6-3. The sabre squad suffered a tough loss to the high powered St. John's sabremen 3-6 in the next round. But men's sabre once again bounced back to destroy Brown, sending them home with the decisive score of 7-2.
The men's foil squad opened the competition with an impressive victory against Boston College. Excellent fencing resulted in the decisive score of 6-3 in this first round. The foilists' luck took a turn for the worse as they lost to Brandeis, Brown, and St. John's. These were difficult losses against tough teams.
The men's epee squad also captured the first round with an emphatic win against Boston College. They fleshed out their victory with a score of 6-3. The epeeists put out a great effort in the next rounds, but succumbed to the more experienced Brandeis, Brown, and St. John's squads.
The women's foil and epee squads traveled to Brandeis Saturday morning to compete in multiple duel meets. There, they fenced the varsity teams of Boston College, Brandeis, Brown, St. John, Tufts, Wellesley universities, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
The relatively new women's foil squad, consisting of mainly first-year fencers, put up a valiant fight against the seasoned veterans of the opposing teams, though they lost six of their seven matches. Of note was their impressive 10-6 victory over Boston College.
The women's epee squad was red hot at the Brandeis meet. Although women's epee is not an official NCAA sport this year, the informal scrimmages held at Brandeis demonstrates the high caliber of the women epeeists, all of whom are first year epee fencers.
Women's epee crushed all the competition. They pummeled Boston College 8-1, destroyed Brown 6-3, and stole the victory from the University of Massachusetts 5-4. In addition, Katherine Fricks, G, lost only one bout out of the nine she fenced.