Men's Fencing 3rd At New EnglandsBy Mark P. Hurst
The men's varsity fencing team traveled to Brown University on Saturday to compete in the New England Intercollegiate Fencing Championships. The top two MIT fencers in each weapon competed against opponents from such schools as Brown, Boston University, Boston College, Bates, University of New Hampshire, and University of Massachusetts.
MIT took third place out of the 13 schools competing and was separated from first place by only 4 bouts (out of 60 or so that it fenced in the team round).
In the individual finals, three MIT fencers garnered top finishes. Epee was dominated by first place finisher Keith Lichten '95 and second place finisher Kris Giesing '94. Each fenced a spectacular finals round, beating opponents that they had not beaten all season.
In the sabre individuals, team captain Mark Hurst '94 took first place, finishing the day undefeated with a perfect 15-0 record.
This weekend the MIT fencing team hosts the oldest collegiate championship in any sport: the Intercollegiate Fencing Association Championships. Older than the NCAA itself, this year marks the 100th anniversary of the championship. The MIT community can catch the action in Johnson Athletic Center on Saturday and Sunday.