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Fencers Play Well Against Div. I Teams

Jennifer N. MOsier
Fencers Nicole D. Leifer '98 and Kari A. Backes '96 warm up for the competitions at Brandeis University.

By Jennifer N. Mosier
Team Member

The men's and women's varsity fencing teams had an excellent showing at a series of dual meets last Sunday.

The women's team began the day with a meet against St. John's University, ranked second in the NCAA. They fought a tough battle, but lost, 25-7 (3-13 foil, 4-12 epe). The team then came back to defeat Boston College, 18-14 (7-9, 11-5), and Brown, 17-15 (8-8 win, 9-7). They then lost a very close match with Brandeis, 16-16 (8-8 loss, 8-8 loss), with both squads losing by only a few touches. Newcomer Kari A. Backes '96, despite having only fenced for two months, posted an impressive 9-7 record for the day in epe.

The men's team also competed well on Sunday. They began the day with a very close, hard-fought battle with Brown, losing 13-14 (5-4 foil, 5-4 epe, 3-6 sabre). They then lost two very difficult matches against Brandeis, 6-21 (2-7, 2-7, 2-7), and St. John's, 5-22 (3-6, 0-9, 2-7). The team went on to defeat Vassar, 15-12 (6-3, 5-4, 4-5), and finally Boston College 17-10 (7-2, 6-3, 4-5).

An outstanding individual performance was shown by captain David A. Nauman '97, who finished the day with an 11-2 record in foil, bringing his season record to 17-3.

This was a difficult meet against Division I schools that recruit heavily and give athletic scholarships. All of the team members fought very hard and represented MITwell, despite several injuries.

Their performance shows that the fencing team can challenge and defeat some of the top fencers in the NCAA. In addition to counting towards the team's NCAA varsity record, both Boston College and Brown are also part of the Northeast Fencing Conference. The women's team remains undefeated in the conference and both the men's and women's teams have a very good chance to win the conference title. The next meet will be Saturday at Harvard at 1 p.m.