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Fencers Duel with Mixed Results

By Ifung Lu
Associate News Editor

The men's fencing team traveled to Brandeis to fight in multiple dual meets last Saturday. This hard working team competed against Boston College, Brown, and Brandeis, emerging with two team victories.

The first team to feel MIT's cold blade was Boston College. Overcome by the intense and brilliant fencing of all three MIT squads, Boston College retreated off the strip with a 23-4 loss. Epee, foil, and sabre all emerged with emphatic victories, each squad winning with scores of 6-3, 8-1, and 9-0, respectively.

Next in line was Brown. Although competition was tougher, MIT still managed to convert on all opportunities, defeating Brown by the margin of 16-11. The foil squad lost to their opponents by only one point, 4-5. However, their teammates in the sabre and epee squads more than made up for this by defeating the Brown squads, both with the score of 6-3.

Finally, MIT fenced the Brandeis team. Fatigue was a factor in MIT's 6-21 loss, although the Brandeis squads were fencing well. Foil lost all their bouts, epee lost 2-7, and sabre lost by the small margin of 4-5.

The women's also fenced Saturday, but at multiple dual meets at Wellesley. There, this all freshmen team took two team wins. They fenced against Brandeis, Boston, Vassar, and Wellesley in that order.

The ever-improving women's team lost to Brandeis, 4-12, in the first round. However, this determined team came back to pummel Boston College, 10-6. The women fencers extended their attacks, relying on dynamic motions to defeat Vassar College by the same score. However, their winning streak would not last, as Wellesley defeated MIT, 13-3. The women fencers never gave up, struggling for every touch, as is reflected in their results in these four rounds.

This Saturday, the women's team will travel to Brandeis to fence in multiple dual meets there. The men's team will host the biggest multiple dual meet ever in MIT history on Sunday in the Johnson Athletic Center. They will be fencing well-known teams such as Princeton, New York University, and the Air Force Academy, as MIT hosts a total of 12 schools from around the nation.