Fencers Face Stiff Competition in NYCBy Wanda Chin
The men's and women's varsity fencing teams concluded their seasons separately in New York City with admirable performances against some of the toughest competition in the nation.
The women's team placed 5th at the National Women's Intercollegiate Fencing Association Championship, behind NYU, Rutgers, and Temple University. The nineteen school tournament was held Saturday, March 11 at Brooklyn College.
The foil squad, comprised of Wanda Chin '97, Amy Hwang '97, Leejee Suh '97, Christina Eng '98, and Wendy Cheng '98, took easy first round victories of 31 and 40. In the second round, showing signs of mental and physical fatigue, the team finished at 22 against Boston College. Rallyback in the next round, the squad pummelled last year's champions, Princeton, 40, with beautiful fencing such as Suh's flèche and Chin's suspenseful bout with nationally ranked Nina Lightdale.
The women's epée team, comprised of Merideth Rising '98, Jennifer Mosier '96, Nicky Leifer '98, and Christa Ansbergs '98, also put on a fair performance to top off a good season. In the first matches the squad tied Johns Hopkins and went on to defeat both Baruch and Temple for an overall finish in 5th place.
Rising took the silver medal in the final round of the women's epée competition.
Across the city, at New York University, the men's team competed in a tournament sponsored by the Intercollegiate Fencing Association, the nation's oldest athletic organization. Other schools competing were Princeton, Yale, St. John's, UPenn, Brandeis, and Brown.
The varsity team placed 8th for epée, 11th for foil, and 10th for sabre, as well as qualifying three players - Keith Lichten '95, Will Tran '95, and Jonathon Blandford '98 - to the final round of top 40 fencers. Tran placed 15th in sabre while Blandford, in his first season fencing epée, placed 18th.
Both were named to the IFA All Star Second Team, while senior captain Lichten placed fourth and was named to the first team.