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On the Road, MIT Fencing Faces Tough Opponents and Scores Big

By Lynn Wang


In the past weeks, the MIT fencing team has competed in three away tournaments held at Boston College, Brandeis University, and Duke University. All three events showed a superior level of fencing from both the opponents and the home teams.

Boston College

At BC, the MIT women fenced against the teams of Tufts University, Brown University, Boston College, Dartmouth University, and Smith College, defeating all five schools 17-10, 15-12, 15-12, 22-5, and 26-1, respectively. Gemma L. Mendel ’06 stepped up to lead the foilists in the absence of squad leader Susanna M. Dorfman ’05 while still remaining focused in her fencing to win 13 bouts for MIT. Following in Mendel’s lead, rookie Nancy Hua ’07 also brought the team an impressive 11 bouts.

The men’s team fenced Brown, BC, and Dartmouth, finishing with scores of 16-11, 12-15, and 22-5, respectively. Samuel N. Korb ’05 and Trevor T. Chang ’06 each took nine bouts, remaining undefeated throughout the competition.

Brandeis University

The Brandeis competition was filled with several top ranked schools of the nation. The women started the day with two losses against Pennsylvania State University (2-25) and the University of Pennsylvania (7-20). But the women regained focus to fence Cornell University, New York University, and the University of North Carolina. The final scores were 15-11, 10-17, and 13-14, respectively. Epee squad leader, Lucy R. Mendel ’06, won the two bouts MIT scored against Penn State.

Likewise, the men’s team also fought hard against five excellent schools, finishing bouts with the University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania State University, the University of North Carolina, Yeshiva University, and New York University with scores of 11-16, 4-23, 16-11, 25-2, and 7-20, respectively.

Duke University

The men fenced against Ohio State University, Johns Hopkins University, Brandeis University, the University of North Carolina, and Duke University at this match. MIT was the only team of the competition to defeat the Ohio State power house. Saber squad leader, Anthony P. Reinen ’04, fenced an outstanding bout against Colin Parker, upsetting Parker’s otherwise perfect record for the day. Although losing to UNC (12-15) and Duke (13-14), wins were collected against Johns Hopkins (14-13) and Brandeis (14-13). The final, tie-breaking bout against Ohio State was an excruciating nail-biter as Chang and Denis Tolkachev lunged at each other to break the 4-4 tie. Chang’s attack landed, making MIT the only team to have defeated Ohio State that day.

The women fenced against Temple University, Johns Hopkins, Brandeis, UNC, and Duke. Mendel scored the most points for MIT, winning a total of 14 bouts. Coach Tan Trinh commended the efforts of the C-strips, Lele Yu ’06, Drew A. Reese ’07, Tushiyya Lui ’07, and Hua, who each fenced heroically against the strong opponents of the tournament.