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Fencers End Meet with Mixed Results

By Ifung Lu
Team Member

Last weekend the men and women fencers participated in pre-season varsity meets held at MIT and Tufts University respectively.

Both teams fenced against opponents from Dartmouth College, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, the University of New Hampshire, and Tufts.

In the end, the men's team defeated three of four schools while the women team finished with an overall record of two wins and two losses.

The men's team opened the day with a disappointing loss to the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Although the foil and epee squads finished with squad victories, MIT lost with an overall score of 1116.

Resolved to fence harder and smarter, the men overwhelmingly defeated Tufts fencers 198. Overall victories in all three squads - foil, epee, and sabre - contributed to the satisfying team victory.

With the momentum gained in the victory against Tufts, MIT continued by defeating the UNH team with the emphatic score of 234. With near-perfect victories in all three squads, this was a satisfying victory indeed.

The final round pitched the men against Dartmouth. Although fatigue from fencing all day was starting to take its toll, the men managed to produce one final victory, finishing off the day with a victory of 1710.

The women's team, with only three returning fencers from last year, performed well, defeating two of the four schools in at the meet. Although many of the women had hoped to capture more victories, they were satisfied with their overall performances.

The women soundly defeated Dartmouth in the first round with the overall score of 1610.

Although the epeeists won with a near perfect record, the foilists anxiously awaited resolution from the director due to a tie after the final bout. After tallying the number of touches won by each team, the victory was called in favor of our fencers.

The women lost the next round to Tufts 1113. Although this was a disappointing loss, the women shrugged it off and defeated UNH in the third round of competition 2012. Both the epee and foil squads emerged with squad victories in addition to the overall victory.

The women faced UMass in the final round. Although the women were defeated by the score of 1220, the team worked hard and enjoyed the competition.

The men and women fencing teams will compete next against Brown University, Brandeis University, and Boston College. The women will fence on Dec. 3 at Brandeis, and the men will fence on Dec. 4 at home.