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Purcell Leads Team With Sabre Victory

By Nora Szasz

The women’s fencing team started this season with an individual tournament called the Big One, held at Smith college this past weekend. MIT started 12 women in three weapons, bringing home six plaques.

Schools from all around New England, including Brown University, Boston College, Wellesley College, and Tufts University, came to compete in the nine-hour spirited tournament. The format of the competition was based on 15 touch direct elimination bouts after a seeding round of pools.

Women’s sabre controlled the field, led by Caroline M. Purcell ’02. Purcell. She went undefeated, taking first place. Jennifer A. McKeehan ’01 upset last year’s runner up, Amanda Henry of Brown, but was then eliminated in the finals by Purcell, and thus finished third along with teammate Caprice L. R. Gray ’00. Both McKeehan and Gray went undefeated in the seating pools, losing only their bouts in the finals.

Kathleen A. Lennox ’02 lost her direct elimination bout in the round of 8 by a single touch, 14-15, earning her 10th overall in the tournament.

Women’s foil was led by team captain Dianne K. Allen ’01 who went 6-0 in her seating pools, but was eliminated before the semi-finals by the winner of the competition, placing her fifth. J. Joan Hon ’01 followed close behind her in sixth place, having also lost her bout in the round of 8 leading up to the semi-finals. Danielle M. Morse ’02 was eliminated by team captain Allen in the round of 16, earning the lucky thirteenth place in the tournament.

Women’s epee faced a tough competition. The top two MIT epeeists, Jessica G. Sandland G and Sylwia H. Daniszewska ’00 had to face the overall winner of the competition early on in their direct elimination bouts, earning Daniszewska seventh and Sandland the eleventh place in the tournament.