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Lichten, Despinos Qualify for NCAAs

By Mark Hurst
Team Member

Two MIT fencers have qualified to compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Championships to be held at Brandeis University this month.

Keith Lichten '95 and Rene Despinos '94 both qualified by making the final round of the Northeast Regional Championships held at Brooklyn College last weekend. Despinos placed fourth in the individual sabre competition, and Lichten placed third in individual epee.

Several other MIT fencers also competed at Brooklyn College. Dave Lewinnek '97 competed in epee, Jin Choi '94 and Mark Hurst '94 in sabre, and John Rodriguez '95 and David Nauman '97 in foil. Jennifer Mosier '96, fencing in the first-ever women's epee competition at regionals, placed tenth.

Aside from the qualification of Lichten and Despinos to nationals, the most impressive performance came from the MIT epee squad. The squad, consisting of Lichten, Kris Giesing '94, Lewinnek, and Erik De Bonte '96, was seeded sixth but placed fourth overall. Their best fight was against Brandeis University, who fell to the MIT epees 51.