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Women’s Fencing Defeats Harvard

By Nora Szasz

For the first time in its history, the women’s fencing team beat Harvard University, winning 15-12.

The victory was revenge for last years close tournament where MIT lost by a single bout due to the loss of a starter to injury. This year, however, with the help of the new sabre squad, the women showed Harvard that MIT is ready for the challenge.

MIT took a quick lead with the help of the sabre squad. Squad leader Caroline M. Purcell ’02 and Jennifer A. McKeehan ’01 both went undefeated with a 3-0 record. Caprice Gray ’00 would have followed the example of her teammates, except for a bad last call of the director, which cost her one of her bouts. Overall, the sabre squad contributed over half the victories, finishing with an 8-1 record.

The epee squad surprised Harvard with beginner Michelle A. Nadermann ’03 who started fencing in October. The Harvard team, seeing her uncertainty on the strip, assumed an easy victory, but instead were frustrated by Nadermann’s unorthodox style which earned her victories against two of the Harvard fencers. Squad leader, Jessica G. Sandland G, also proved her strength by bagelling (winning 5-0 against) one of her Harvard opponents, while Daniszewska beat an opponent 5-1 in a 20 second bout.

The foil squad had the toughest time against the Harvard team. All of the foil competitors finished with 1-2 records. Team captain Dianne K. Allen ’01 lead the squad of J. Joan Hon ’01 and Hongjoo Sun ’03 to an overall record of 3-6.