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Fencing Loses Last Meet to Harvard, BU

By Ifung Lu
Team Member

The fencing team worked hard the last two weeks, bouting intercollegiate invaders and defending MIT's honor and pride. From hosting what might have been the largest multiple dual varsity meet ever in NCAA history Jan. 6 to fighting against Harvard and Boston Universities Saturday at the last meet of the season, MIT exhibited great skill and power. Individual fencers now look forward to the championship season, where only the best across the nation will vie for the right to be called number one.

The fencing team traveled up the river Saturday to fence Harvard and BU. Hard-fought victories in all squads unfortunately did not make up for early losses as MIT lost to Harvard, 12-15. The epee squad was blazing hot, scorching the Harvard squad 6-3. However, the foil and sabre squads couldn't quite pull through, losing 2-7 and 4-5 respectively. The JV squad came through to crush BU, 14-13. Foil and sabre won 6-3 and 5-4, while epee lost 3-6.

The women's team also fenced at this meet, losing to Harvard 1-1, winning against BU 13-3.

The JV squad also fenced in a scrimmage against Tufts University last Thursday. They handily defeated Tufts with an overall women's score of 10-6 and an overall men's score of 17-10. The breakdown of the men's squads was 6-3 (epee), 6-3 (foil), and 5-4 (sabre).

On Jan. 6, fencers representing 13 universities packed into the second floor track area of the Johnson Athletic Center, of which MIT fenced nine. These were: Northwestern University, Yeshiva College, Notre Dame, Rutgers, NYU, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of North Carolina, Princeton, and the Air Force Academy. This marathon of fencing began at nine in the morning and lasted over 12 hours.

MIT started off with a victory against Northwestern, 15-12, and they went on to crush Yeshiva, 23-4. However, their luck changed in a losing streak that would pervade throughout the tournament. MIT lost to Notre Dame, 5-22; Rutgers, 10-17; NYU, 9-18; and UPenn, 5-22. MIT tried to rally back against UNC, but lost by one bout, 13-14. Fatigue settled in, and MIT rounded out with a loss to Princeton, 11-16, and Air Force, 9-18.

The women competed on Jan. 5 at Brandeis University. They competed against UNC, Princeton, Northwestern, UPenn, Air Force, and Rutgers. Although this freshman team lost all their bouts , the women fought hard, never losing the drive to win individual bouts even though overall meets had already been lost.

Jin Choi '94, Rene Despinos Jr. '94, Mark Hurst '94, and Keith Lichten '95 will compete in the regional championships at Brooklyn College, where an outstanding performance will qualify them for nationals.

The New England Championships will be this weekend at the UMass-Amherst.