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Fencing Teams Win First Meets

By Brian Bower
Team Member

The varsity fencing teams turned in impressive performances last weekend in their first series of dual meets. From these meets, it appears that both the men's and women's teams are ready to dominate the Northeast Fencing Conference this season.

The men's team competed at home on Saturday. They began with a decisive 198 victory over Tufts University (90 foil, 54 epee, 54 sabre), in which alternates Tom Baker '00, Ben Vandiver '00, Troy Hudson '00, and Allen Chen '00 all contributed victories.

This victory was followed by a 1611 win (72, 63, 36) over the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. The team then finished with a 216 blowout (72, 81, 63) over Bates College and a 1710 victory (81, 45, 54) over Dartmouth College.

Overall, the foil squad contributed heavily to the team's success this weekend, with starters Dave Nauman '97, Tan Trinh '97, and Mike De Senna '99 finishing with a combined record of 251. Additionally, Mark Chen '00 ended the day with a 72 record in epee, and Brian Bower '99 finished 102 in sabre.

The women's team finished their day 41, taking a close loss from Tufts. Despite a 97 victory from the epee squad, the meet finished a tight 1715, in Tufts' favor.

The lady blades dominated the rest of their meets, beating UMass 1913, Bates 293, the University of New Hampshire 2210, and long-time rivals Wellesley College 284.

After months of conditioning, the team is fencing well. Leejee Suh '97 and Wanda Chin '97 lead the foils with respective records of 173 and 191. Excellent performances from Kari Backes '97 and Nora Szasz '99 - both 182 - helped to lead the epee squad to an undefeated record.

Also, freshmen foilist Aladdine Joroff '00 and epeeists Sylvia Daniszewski '00 and Alison Novak '00 made impressive contributions to the team's success.