Women's Fencing Again Most Improved Team in NortheastBy Mark P. Hurst
The men's and women's varsity fencing teams competed in two prestigious tournaments last weekend with varying degrees of success.
The women fencers -- represented by captain Wanda Chin '97, Lynn Basas '97, Amy Hwang '97, and Leejee Suh '97 -- once again proved themselves as the most improved women's team in the New England. The team took 7th out of 18 competitors at the Northeast Intercollegiate Women's Fencing Association championships at Brooklyn College.
Placing ahead of MIT were nationally ranked teams such as Princeton, New York University, and Temple University. Cornell was among the teams MIT beat, losing 4-0.
All four of the MIT women foilists had winning individual records. Suh's 11-6 record was the team's best, and Chin's 10 wins included a 5-4 bout with Princeton's Adrienne Toy, who would have otherwise gone undefeated.
Back at home, the men's varsity fencing team hosted the oldest collegiate championship in any sport: the Intercollegiate Fencing Association championships. Fencers at the tournament represented schools such as Princeton, Harvard, Yale, and national champion Columbia University.
Four of MIT's nine men's varsity fencers had notable personal records at the end of Saturday's individual competition. Qualifying for Sunday's competition were Keith Lichten '95, who was ranked second of the epee A fencers, and captain Mark Hurst '94, who qualified by taking 8th in the sabre A pool. Sunday proved to be less successful, however. Hurst was eliminated in the semifinals and took 12th overall. Lichten advanced to the finals of epee and netted 6th place.
Jin Choi '94 and Kris Giesing '94 nearly achieved qualified for Sunday's competition in their respective B and C pools. Choi was fourth in the sabre C pool, and Giesing was 8th in the epee B pool.
The MIT fencing team now looks forward to the Div. I qualifiers for nationals this weekend at Brooklyn College. The team has qualified an impressive number of fencers to compete in regionals. The men's varsity epee squad will participate in the squad competition. Several fencers also qualified for the individual competitions: Hurst, Choi, Rene Despinos '94, Lichten, Dave Lewinnek '97, John Rodriguez '95, David Nauman '97, and in women's epee, Jen Mosier '96.