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Men Fence Well at New England

By David Nauman
Team Captain

With strong and consistent fencers, the men's fencing team placed fourth overall at the New England Championships this week, fighting to within two bouts of the first place team, Boston College, and beating Tufts and Boston University.

The top five schools were all within two victories of each other, revealing just how evenly matched the competition, which was hosted by the University of New Hampshire, was.

With David Lewinnek '97 and Jonathan Blandford '98 fencing in the A and B slots respectively, the epe squad finished the team round with a record of 14-6. Lewinnek placed first in his pool with only one loss, and qualified to the individual competition.

Foilists David Nauman '97 (A) and Jae Park '98 (B) tallied 16 victories for MIT, each with an 8-3 record. Both Nauman and Park also qualified for the individual round.

The sabre squad, composed of Brian Bower '99 (A) and Ruben Brown '99 (B), added the final 11 wins. Bower finished the team round in second place, and also qualified for the individual competition.

While the overall result of the team round was disappointing, four of the six MIT fencers qualified to the individual competition. Only two other schools, Boston College and Dartmouth, were able to do the same, though neither was able to match MIT's results in this round.

Park finished the day sixth, while Nauman carried away a third place trophy in foil. Lewinnek ended the round 7-1, tied for first with Ron Gold from Tufts and Zach Stein of Dartmouth. In the three-way barrage to determine the winner, Stein beat both Lewinnek and Gold 5-0 to clinch the gold medal.

Fencing for the silver, Lewinnek then beat Gold 5-2 in a close bout that was scoreless for the first three and a half minutes.

The performance that showed the most promise, however, was that of Brian Bower '98. Facing stiff competition from upperclassmen of opposing schools, Bower took control from the beginning and dominated the sabre pool, placing first without giving up a bout.

These excellent individual finishes were more representative of MIT's level of fencing than the team round. The next competition will be the IFA Championships Saturday and Sunday in Rockwell Cage.