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Fencers Bounce Back from Loss to Defeat BC, Brown

By Ifung Lu
Team Member

The men's fencing team opened up the new year with a strong performance in a set of three varsity meets held at Boston College on Sunday. The men soundly defeated both the BC and the Brown University teams, but lost to the Brandeis University fencing powerhouse.

The competition began on a down note for MIT with an 819 loss to Brandeis. Although the sabre squad defeated its Brandeis counterpart with a resounding 63 victory, the foil and epee squads finished with disheartening defeats, 27 and 09, respectively.

However, the men rebounded and were granted new life with their solid victory over BC by the score of 1611. Victories at all three weapons guaranteed the overwhelming team victory. Sabre and foil squad both finished 54, while the epee group posted a 63 result.

The Engineers continued their winning streak by defeating the Brown team, 1611. Good performances in all three squads clinched the overall victory against the Brown contenders. The sabre, foil, and epee squads were all victorious, finishing with scores identical to the previous result against BC.

Sunday's victories were led by the exceptional performances of team members. Sabreman William Tran '95 demonstrated his skill and prowess by maintaining an undefeated record for the day. Epeeist Erik Debonte '96 finished the meet against the well-considered Brown epee squad with a 51 win against the opponent's top fencer.

The fencing team will continue its various scrimmages against opposing colleges with a women's meet at Brandeis this Saturday, and a men's meet at home on Sunday. The team will compete against fencers from Columbia, Princeton, Rutgers, St. Johns, Northwestern, New York University, Cleveland State University, and Yeshiva University.

The members of the fencing team also wish epeeist and fellow teammate Merideth Rising '98 the best for a strong and fast recovery. Rising was injured and hospitalized during the women's meet last Saturday.