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Fencer Lichten Places 2nd in Epee NCAA Championships

By Keith Lichten
Team Captain

MIT had a strong finish at the National Collegiate Athletic Association tournament in Jarek Koniusz's first year as head coach, as team captain Keith Lichten '95 placed second in the men's epee competition.

Held this year at the University of Notre Dame, NCAAs had a format different from previous years. This year, 30 fencers in each weapon qualified to nationals.

Twenty-four fencers qualified to a round-robin from an initial round of five pools of six fencers. The round-robin was then fenced over a period of two days. The overall round-robin record determined the order of finish.

Lichten had a poor first day, finishing with four wins and four losses. In the second day, however, he brought it back, going undefeated in his final three rounds against fencers from New York University, Notre Dame, Wayne State, University of Pennsylvania, and Pennsylvania State, ultimately finishing with a 176 record.

A Swedish fencer from Lawrence finished first with a 194 record. Greg Gregor, from Penn, finished third among several fencers with a 158 record.