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Lichten Defends New England Epee Title, Helps Team to 2nd

By Ifung Lu
Team Member

Despite intense competition, dueling Engineer swordsmen rose to the challenge at the New England College Championships, which were held at Bates College on Feb. 18-19. The team placed an amazing four out of six fencers in the top ten and captured the second place overall team trophy. MIT finished behind Boston College by only two bouts.

In epe, team captain Keith Lichten '95 successfully defended his title by finishing first overall, going undefeated in the final round. David Lewinnek '97 also captured the fifth place spot in epe.

In sabre, squad leader William Tran '95 finished fourth, while in foil, David Nauman 97 finished seventh after an excellent first round.

The prestigious competition pitted the MIT fencers against some of the toughest competition in New England, including fencers from Brown University, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Hampshire College, University of New Hampshire, Tufts University, Dartmouth College, Boston University, Worchester Polytechnic Institute, and Bates College.

The competition consisted of a team round and an individual round, both fenced in a round-robin format. In the team round, fencers were divided into two skill levels in each weapon so that individuals would compete against opponents of comparable skill. The top five fencers from the first pool and the top three from the second advanced to the individual round. They then competed in an eight-man barrage to determine the final individual results.