Women's Fencing Wins One, Loses OneBy Sara Ontiveros
The women's fencing team finished out its dual meet season this past Saturday in Johnson with two meets, beating Boston University 7-2 and losing to Harvard University by two touches, 8-8.
The Lady Blades started out their day in a three on three match up against BU. Ronke Olabisi '93 led the way in the meet by winning all three of her bouts. Kristine McCaffrey '96 followed suit by winning all three of her bouts. In her first fencing meet, Susan Dusenbery '96 managed to win her final bout.
The Engineers went on to fence their long-time foes from Harvard. They finished the first round ahead of Harvard 3-1 with Captains Kathryn Fricks G and Sara Ontiveros '93, and Olabisi each contributing a bout.
At the end of the second round, MIT pulled ahead of Harvard with a score of 5-3 with wins from both Ontiveros and Fricks. The Lady Blades continued to hold on to their lead at the end of the third round with two more victories from Fricks and Ontiveros.
However, any hopes of MIT prevailing over Harvard fell through in the fourth round as Ontiveros took the only bout. After the meet the score was 8-8, and Harvard had won by two touches.
The team finished its season with a 14-12 national record. In the northeastern region, it was 9-7, and in New England the team was 3-5. It is in consideration for one of the six team spots at the northeastern regionals to be held at St. John's University in three weeks.
The team will be defending its title in the New England Championships at Wellesley on Sunday. They have won the team competition for the past two years.