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Women's Fencing Slashes The Field

By Kathryn Fricks
Team Member

The women's fencing team slashed through their competition last Sunday at the New England Championships to capture first place in epee and third place in foil. In addition, several of the women took prizes in the individual competition.

The competition was hosted by the University of New Hampshire.

The young foil squad, consisting exclusively of freshmen, defeated many of the more experienced squads from other schools. Lee Jee Suh '97 and Lynn Basas '97 contributed to the team victory. Team Captain Wanda Chin '97 and Amy Hwang '97 were selected to participate in the individual competition based on their strong record in the team competition. Hwang captured fifth place in the individual event.

Coach Jarek Koniusz said, "I am very proud of this team. Most of them had never fenced before the beginning of the season in September. They have worked very hard this season and are now beating some of the best teams in New England."

For the first time ever, the New England Championships included a women's epee event. Women's epee was added as a club sport this year, and next year it will premiere as a full NCAA varsity sport. The MIT women's epee squad surprised all competitors by capturing first prize in the team event. The squad consisted of Jennifer Mosier '96, Kathryn Fricks G, and Diane Ho G. As a team, they defeated every single opponent. Ho finished the team competition with a perfect 70 record.

Due to their strong personal records in the team competition, Fricks and Ho were selected to compete in the individual competition. Ho captured sixth place, and Fricks came away with third.

MIT competed against teams from Brown University, University of Massachusetts, Bates College, Bard College, Smith College, Tufts University, Wellesley College, Dartmouth College, and University of New Hampshire.

This weekend, the women's team will travel to Brooklyn College to compete in the National Intercollegiate Women's Fencing Association Championships. The NIWFA is the oldest collegiate women's competitive sports association and has held championships every year since 1917.