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Men...s, Women...s Fencing Teams Easily Defeat Area Universities

By Suki Dorfman

The MIT men’s and women’s fencing teams opened the Northeast Fencing Conference season this Saturday with matches against Boston University, Wellesley (women’s only), University of Massachusetts, University of New Hampshire, and Tufts University. Both teams swept away all of these opponents by decisive margins.

Each team is composed of three squads, one for each event: foil, epee, and sabre. In each match, three fencers per squad duel the opposing team, for a total of nine bouts per squad per match, twenty-seven bouts per team per match. No team scored more than 10 out of 27 wins against MIT on Saturday.

MIT’s squad with the strongest performance at this meet was men’s epee, with a record of 31-5. This year’s men’s epee squad has unprecedented depth and promises success for MIT this year and looking forward, having added experienced freshmen Matt L. Gethers and Gabe A. Chan to an already distinguished roster.

Last year’s Northeast Fencing Conference Fencer of the Year, Trevor T. Chang ’07, and squad leader Mike N. Beregovsky ’06, tied for the best individual records on the men’s team, each winning eleven bouts and losing only one all day. Rookie Gethers posted an 8-1 record in his first college meet.

Brian J. Quattrochi ’06 led the men’s sabre squad at 10-2, closely trailed by new addition Igor Kopylov ’09 (9-2) and captain Bill T. Walsh ’06 (8-3). Kopylov and Walsh also recently earned silver and bronze at the season opening Big One tournament.

Not to be overlooked is men’s foil, where Big One champion Spencer R. Sugimoto ’08 and squad leader Jason Chen ’07 both amassed 10 wins and one loss.

Closely trailing men’s epee in winning percentage was women’s epee. Women’s epee is celebrating the return from Cambridge of Mika A. Tomczak ’06, who went 10-1 against her opponents. All told the squad won by the wide margin of 33-6, achieving their goal for the day of never losing more than three bouts to any one school. Men’s epee and women’s sabre both matched this feat.

MIT’s women’s sabre squad also dominated, winning by a score of 36-9. The highlight of the day for sabre was the match against Tufts, home of the gold and silver medalists in sabre from the season opening individual tournament two weeks ago. Drew A. Reese ’07, Shauna Jin ’06, and squad leader Lynn H. Wang ’06 overcame these tough opponents and snatched a 7-1 win. Reese’s and Jin’s final records of 14-1 and 13-2, boosted by both of their sweeps of Tufts, set the pace for the MIT team.

Finally, the women’s foil squad was led by Gemma L. Mendel ’06, both in her role as squad leader and in her impressive 10-3 finish.