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Ontiveros Is 1993 New England Women's Fencing Champion

By Sara Ontiveros
Team member

The women's fencing team did very well in the New England Championships held this weekend at Wellesley College. The Lady Blades sliced through the competition, losing only to first-place Wellesley, to take second place honors for New England.

The team defeated the University of New Hampshire, University of Massachusetts, Tufts University, Hampshire College, Boston College, Boston University, and Brown University.

Two Engineers, Captain Sara Ontiveros '93 and Heather Klaubert '95, qualified for the individual championships. After a grueling 10 woman round-robin, Klaubert, in her first time in the individual finals, emerged in eighth place. Ontiveros dominated the individual competition, slaying eight of her nine opponents to capture first place.

"I'm very proud to be the coach of the New England Champion for the second year in a row," said Coach Ri Romano '83, referring to Ontiveros and Felice Swapp '92, last year's champion. MIT fencers have taken first place in the individual competition for three of the last four years.

Meanwhile, Kristine "Irish" McCaffrey '96 soundly defeated 16 opponents to take first place in the junior varsity individual competition. McCaffrey's debut in an MIT uniform marked the first time a Lady Blade has taken first place in the JV event.

Finally, Tzu-Yi Chen '95 narrowly missed making the final round in the women's epee event.