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Fencing Grabs First at Home Tourney

By Marissa A. Cheng and Lynn H. Wang

TEAM MEMBERS

The MIT fencing team placed first out of seven schools at their meet last Saturday, Nov. 16. The team competed in Johnson Athletic Center along with fellow NCAA teams Wellesley College and Brown University, as well as club teams from Smith College, the University of New Hampshire, the University of Massachusetts, and Boston University.

The women’s epee squad won 43 total bouts, the strongest finish of any epee squad at the competition. Most notable was the performance by Lucy R. Mendel ’06, who, coming off a strong second place finish at the Big One Competition two weeks ago, was able to defeat all three starters for Brown University, MIT’s most difficult opponent. The squad, which included starters Rim Lue ’03, Mika A. Tomczak ’06, and Mendel, defeated five out of six schools, including two 9-0 victories, against BU and UNH, and two 8-1 victories, against Smith and UMass.

Dorfman leads women’s foil

The women’s foil starters (Suki Dorfman ’05, Christine A. Yee ’03, and Gemma L. Mendel ’06) boasted an amazing record on Saturday, winning a total of 46 out of 54 bouts. Squad leader Dorfman went undefeated on the day. Alternate Cassie Huang ’06 had a strong showing in her meet debut.

Despite the injures that had plagued the women’s sabrists over the past week, the squad did an outstanding job on Saturday. Defeating every other university at the meet, the MIT squad’s best victories were against NCAA teams Brown and Wellesley, where they won 7-2 and 6-3 respectively. Starters Priscilla del Castillo ’04, who only lost one bout during the day, and Sasha R. Manoosingh ’03 barreled through their opponents, and alternates Naimata C. Saucer ’05 and Marissa A. Cheng ’05 also won the majority of their bouts.

Despite absences, men take charge

The men’s squads dominated the competition, with solid victories over Boston University and UNH (22-5 and 24-3, respectively). Led by the flawless performances of Samuel N. Korb ’05 and Matthew R. Levy ’04, the epee squad amassed a 31-5 record, despite the absence of starter Galen E. Pickard ’05. Pickard, who took second place at the Big One two weeks ago in men’s epee, was out with pneumonia. Levy and Korb were assisted by strong bouting from new squad members Robert A. Figueiredo ’05 and armorer Michael N. Beregovsky ’06.

Though the men’s foil squad was missing regular starter Douglas J. Quattrochi ’04, who was out with a back injury, new members David Lee ’06 and Luis C. Loya ’06 along with regular starters Vincent Chen ’05 and Sam H. Kendig ’05, posted a 28-8 record. Lee defeated nine of his 12 opponents, including an exciting win over the UMass fencer who had defeated him at the previous tournament.

In men’s saber, team captain Anthony P. Reinen ’03 and Jason M. Levine ’03 both went 7-1 for the day, with solid assistance by Michael P. Pihulic ’04, Brian J. Quattrochi ’06, and William T. Walsh ’06. The most exciting moment came during the team’s competition against Brown, where Levine won a dramatic 5-4 bout against Paul Friedman, a three-time New England champion and this year’s winner of the Big One.

The team’s next meet is on Sunday, Nov. 24, at Brandeis University.