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MIT Fencing Scores Against BC, Others


By Lynn Wang

TEAM MEMBER

On Sunday, Nov. 23, the MIT fencing team gave an outstanding performance at Boston College, going up against the NCAA schools St. John’s University, Brandeis University, Vassar College, and Boston College.

The women’s team achieved clean victories against Brandeis, Vassar, and BC with scores of 16-11, 20-7, and 20-7, respectively. Despite the loss against St. John’s, our women had several great moments. Particularly, Captain Priscilla del Castillo ’04 scored a great bout against St. John’s sabrist, Kasia Wieronski. The score was tied at 4-4 when del Castillo made a beautiful attack in preparation to win the bout. The rest of women’s sabre followed suit with great showings of their own, especially Shauna Jin ’06 who won eight of her bouts on Sunday. Women’s epÉe also made a stunning showing, winning six of their nine bouts against St. John’s. Special props to Christalee Bierber ’07 for stepping up the challenge when the team was short a player.

The men’s fencing team found formidable opponents in St. John’s and Brandeis while scoring clear victories against BC and Vassar. Michael Pihulic ’04 led on the sabre squad, scoring eight bouts for the team. Likewise, squad leader Vincent Chen ’05 guided men’s foil with six victories. In two intense bouts, Vincent Chen and Jason Chen ’07 sealed the victory against BC by defeating two tough opponents. “I’m happy that the foil squad has improved markedly since our performance last year, becoming much more competitive in historically strong New England foil,” said Vincent Chen.

This meet totals the season score to 8-1 for the women and 6-2 for the men.