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Women's Fencing Crowned New England Champions

By Priscilla del Castillo


On Saturday, Feb. 21, the MIT Fencing Team returned from Tufts University with the first place New England Championship trophy for the fifth straight year. Out of fifteen schools, including Boston College, University of New Hampshire, Boston University, Tufts University, and Wellesley College, MIT came out on top as the number one six-weapon team.

Women take first

For the fifth straight year, the womens’ team placed an overall first for all three weapons combined, winning thirteen more bouts than the closest competitor. Foil tied with Sacred Heart University for first place womens’ foil squad. All three starters, Suzannah Dorfman ’05, Gemma Mendel ’06, and Nancy Hua ’07, proceeded to the individual round of the competition. Mendel took home her second New England silver medal, while Dorfman finished as champion of womens’ foil for the third time, remaining undefeated throughout the individual portion. For the second string of the competition, Tushiyyah Lui ’07 came in first while Grace Lin ’07 followed in second.

MIT also brought home the plaque for first place womens’ sabre squad. Team captain, Priscilla del Castillo ’04, Shauna Jin ’06, and Drew Reese ’07 each placed first in their respective levels to move on to the individual round, where Reese proved herself to be the power fencer by taking second place. Womens’ epee placed second as a squad, topping off MIT as the best womens’ team of the day. Squad leader Lucy Mendel ’06 placed an individual third.

Men place third in competition

The mens’ three-weapon team came in third overall with particular props to great performances by the second string competitors. Mens’ sabre led the team with 23 bouts to take first as a squad. All three sabre starts, Anthony Reinen ’04, Michael Pihulic ’04, and William Walsh ’06, competed in the individual round, where Walsh finished third. In second string, Matthew Lue ’07 placed first while Brian Quattrochi ’06 finished second.

Mens’ epee and foil also had a great day of fencing, coming in third and fourth respectively. Squad leader Vincent Chen ’05 took the bronze medal in foil. Luke Schmitt ’07 won the gold medal in second string epee while Joel Sadler ’06 took third.