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MIT Fencing Wins Combined Title, Men Take Second Straight Crown Freshman Igor Kopylov Wins Individual Gold in Sabre Event

By Suki Dorfman

This Sunday, Wellesley hosted fifteen fencing teams for the largest ever New England Fencing Championship. MIT fencing was recognized as the best combined six-weapon team for the sixth consecutive year.

The men’s fencing team claimed its second consecutive New England Championship title. All three men’s squads, foil, epee, and saber, placed in the top three to edge past Brandeis for the win.

Each team fields nine fencers, “A,” “B,” and “C” for each weapon, who are matched with their counterparts from the other schools in round-robin matches. The top fencers from the team rounds proceed to individual competition.

Igor Kopylov ’09 won individual gold in his first New England Championship, and the men’s saber squad of Kopylov, captain William T. Walsh ’06, and Brian J. Quattrochi ’06 placed second overall, aided by Walsh’s finish at the top of the “B”s with a 10-2 record.

Epeeist Trevor T. Chang ’07 had the top record of “A” epeeists, 10-2, in the team rounds and earned a silver medal as an individual. Chang, Mike N. Beregovsky ’06, and Matt L. Gethers ’09 combined for third place in epee squad.

Women’s fencing took second place among the fifteen teams in a heartbreaking loss to Boston College. The MIT women had been the New England champions for seven consecutive years until Sunday.

At the beginning of the individual rounds, Shauna Jin ’06 overcame the gold and silver medalists from Tufts, the Zouein sisters, to force a three-way barrage for first place. Fellow saber wielders Lynn H. Wang ’06 and Yuhsin “Joyce” Chen ’08 finished third among the “B”s and “C”s respectively to achieve a second place rank for the squad.

Epeeist Joanna W. Tong ’08 was the only undefeated MIT fencer on Sunday, winning all 14 of her bouts in the C pool. With Mika A. Tomczak ’06 and Lele Yu ’06, the women’s epeeists finished fourth.

Next weekend the men and women will travel to University of Pennsylvania for the Intercollegiate Fencing Association Championships, one of the oldest competitions in collegiate sports.