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Fencers Foil Opponents with String Of Victories in Weekend Competition

By Dalié Jiménez
Team Member

The men's and women's fencing teams ran through the competition at meets last weekend. The men competed on Saturday against Boston University, Brandeis University, and University of Massachusetts, Boston. The women competed on Sunday against the University of New Hampshire, BU, UMass-Boston, Wellesley College, and Brandeis. Both teams defeated every single competitor.

The men's team managed an impressive but close 14­13 win against Brandeis, one of the toughest schools. Brandeis has been an especially difficult team to beat in the past, "even before I came here," said Jarek Koniusz, head fencing coach.

Next was UMass-Boston, against which the men managed a 16­11 win. Against BU, the difference was more marked with a 22­5 win. The foil team managed to remain undefeated against BU with a 9­0 win and sabre came in with an 8­1 victory.

Impressive examples were set by sabrist Brian Bower '98 who was undefeated 8­0 against all three schools. Evangelos L. Efstathiou '00, also on sabre, was close behind with a 6­1 record. Sabrist Allen Chen Œ00 also contributed to the team win with a 5­2 victory.

In the men's epée team, Matthew S. DuPlessie '98, although injured, managed a 6­1 victory while foilist Andre Van Horn '01 won 5­2.

The women's team managed to stay on top of the winning game all through an arduous meet.

Beginning the day with an excellent record, the women managed a 20­12 win against BU and a 25­7 win against UMass-Boston. Wellesley and Brandeis, historically some of MIT's toughest challenges, found themselves at a loss with an 18­14 MITwin against Wellesley and a 16­16 tie against Brandeis which was broken in favor of MIT for accumulating 14 more touches than their opponents.

The women's epée team had some great representation in terms of fencers who won an impressive amount of victories. Merideth A. Rising '98, fencing while injured, managed to remain undefeated against all four schools, 18­0. Nora Szasz '98, winner of the New England Collegiate Invitational individual fencing competition this year, scored 15­2 against the four schools.

Jessica G. Sandland '98 helped win the tournament with a 15­5 win. Zahra Kanji '01 impressed all by winning two bouts with incredible skill. In the women's foil team, Aimee Wiltz '98 had a 17­1 record.