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Fencing Begins Season at BC

By Ifung Lu
Team Member

Last Sunday, the men and women varsity fencers competed in the 1994 New England Fencing Invitational, held at Boston College. All the fencers performed spectacularly well in this pre-season individual competition.

Epeeist and team captain Keith H. Lichten '95 and saberman William C. Tran '95 led the way, each capturing third place trophies.

Facing some of the finest fencers in the New England area, team members first competed for seeding a round before advancing to the single elimination competition.

Many fencers advanced far into the competition. In men's foil, three members placed in the top 20. David A. Nauman '97 placed eighth overall, while squad captain John I. Rodriguez '95 and Tan T. Trinh '96 finished in 14th and 20th place.

The women foilists also fared well, with squad captain Wanda A. Chin '97 capturing eighth place, and first-year foilist Christina Eng '98 placing 14th. Wendy Cheng 98, also a new team member, placed 43rd in the competition.

The sabermen did exceptionally well, with four of the five sabers placing in the top 20. In addition to the third place win by Tran, Joshua S. Trauner '97, Ifung Lu 97, and James Hsieh 97 placed seventh, tenth, and 17th, respectively, in the competition. Former foilist Shawn Nicholson '97 finished 30th overall.

The men and women epee squads also performed well in the competition. Besides Lichten's third place win in epee, two teammates David W. Lewinnek '97 and Jonathan Blandeford '98 finished in the top 20, with Lewinnek capturing 10th place and Blandeford finishing 18th.

In women's epee, squad captain Jennifer N. Mosier '96 finished 14th, with first year epeeists Christa Ansberg '98 and Nicole Leifer '98 finishing close behind in 23rd and 25th place respectively.

Much of the single elimination competition was dictated by the seeding of each competitor. Unlucky draws pitched teammates Tran and Lu fighting against each other in the round of 16 in the saber division. Epeeists Lichten and Lewinnek were confronted with a similar situation in their division.

In addition, unlucky matchups put some fencers, including Rodriguez, up against the number one seed before the final round.

However, as a whole, the majority of the fencers performed very well, according to head coach Jaroslav Koniusz. "It was a pleasure to watch them fence very well and cooperate well," said Konuisz.

The Engineers hope to continue their good performances in the first varsity meet of this season. Both the men's and women's teams will compete against the University of New Hampshire, Dartmouth College, Tufts University, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. The men's team will fence at home on Saturday, and the women's team will fence at Tufts on Sunday.