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Purcell Qualifies For World Championships

By Evangelos Efstathiou
TEAM MEMBER

Caroline Purcell ’02 qualified for the Junior World Champion-ships in Women’s Sabre, which are being held the weekend of April 24th in Dijon, France. She is ranked second in the Under-20 National standings and sixth in the senior. Only three Americans were selected to represent the United States. This is the first year of World Championship competition for women's sabre.

Purcell and three other MIT fencers are fencing at the U.S. Fencing Nationals in South Bend, Indiana this weekend. All Nationally ranked fencers are eligible to participate. Kari Backes ’97, the 1998-99 women’s epee assistant coach for MIT, is currently ranked 55th in the country. MIT sabre fencers Brian Bower ’99 and Evangelos Efstathiou ’00, are ranked 33rd and 64th respectively. Bower and Efstathiou will fence the individual event as well as a team event with a third fencer from Brandeis.

Last year, Purcell took sixth place, while Bower placed 20th and Backes 26th. Fencers who place in the Top 48 receive points that are used the calculate National rankings.