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Women Settle for 2nd Place But Take Titles

By Jade Joan Hon

The women’s varsity fencing team fought hard this weekend to retake their title as New England Champions, which they shared last year with Tufts. While the women defeated each school on a school per school basis, the title is awarded to the team with the most victories. The Engineers lost to Brown by a mere two victories.

While the women were disappointed with only a second place team finish overall in the New England Championships, they performed well: both the foil and epee squads took second place in overall squad performance. The sabre squad, which is new to NCAA fencing this year, finished in first place.

In the individual competition, MIT took many awards. In women’s epee, both Jessica Sandland G and Sylwia Daniszewska ’00 advanced and placed sixth and fifth respectively. In women’s foil, captain Dianne Allen ’01 and teammate Danielle Morse ’02 advanced. Morse took 7th, whereas Allen went undefeated to win the individual competition, a prize which has not been won by an MIT women’s foilist in at two decades.

In women’s sabre, all three fencers advanced to the individual round with Jennifer McKeeh an ’01 placing 5th, Caprice Gray ’00 placing 3rd, and Caroline Purcell ’02 also going undefeated and winning the first place title.

Overall the MIT women’s fencing team had a bittersweet day at Smith, which turned out more sweet than bitter as the day progressed, especially with the excellent individual results. “We were a little sluggish at the beginning of the day, but I’ve never seen such fantastic individual results at New England’s,” said Dianne Allen.