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Women’s Fencing Dominates Field at NFC Competition

The MIT women’s fencing team kicked off the new year by defeating all six of its opponents at last Saturday’s Northeast Fencing Conference (NFC) meet hosted by Brown University. The Engineers topped Boston College (16-11), Tufts University (16-11), Smith College (23-4), Dartmouth College (24-3), Vassar College (18-9), and the host Bears (14-13). With the wins, the Engineers improved to 13-6 overall and 11-1 in the NFC.

Behind a 17-1 outing by Robin S. Shin ’12, the sabre squad amassed a 42-12 ledger. In addition to overpowering victories against Smith (9-0), BC (8-1), and Dartmouth (7-2), the Engineers went 6-3 to clinch the one-point win over Brown. Lauren M. Chilton ’12 notched a total of 9-1 while Molly A. Kozminsky ‘12 finished at 12-6. Elena A. Tatarchenko ’11 rounded out the contingent with a 4-4 record.

A pair of 9-0 decisions versus Smith and Dartmouth helped propel the foil team to a 41-13 ledger. Cordelia S. Link ’10 compiled a mark of 11-2 as Jenna G. Caldwell ’11 turned in a 14-4 outing. Lindley C. Graham ’10 went 11-7 while Julia A. Hopkins ’12 won all five of her bouts.

The epee team finished the day with a mark of 28-26 which featured an 8-1 win over Dartmouth. Stephanie H. Shin ’10 and Kirsten Hessler ’12 both posted records of 10-8, followed by Sophie M. Monahan ’11 (6-3), and Breanna R. Peterman ’12 (2-7).

— Mindy Brauer, DAPER Staff

No. 11 Men’s Swimming Tops Tufts to Stay Perfect

MIT extended its perfect record to 7-0 with a 182-116 victory over Tufts University in Zesiger Pool on Saturday. Timothy J. Stumbaugh ’12 was sensational as the reigning NEWMAC Swimmer of the Week, while the Engineers enjoyed 1-2-3 sweeps in three individual events.

Stumbaugh sparked MIT’s seventh consecutive team win with a 53.2 back stroke split to lead off the 400 medley relay. Jeffrey Y. Zhou ’10 delivered a solid 51.39 in the fly, and with Rastislav Racz ’10 and Luke R. Cummings ’10 completing the circuit, Stumbaugh once again swept both individual back stroke events, while he added a third win in the 400 IM. He split 1:57.14 to ignite a strong 1-2-3 sweep in the 200 back, with James S. Griffin ’12 and Ryan N. Terbush ’12 finishing second and third. Stumbaugh also paced a 1-2-3 finish for the Engineers in the 400 IM as Griffin and Eric J. Roselli ’11 grabbed the next two spots.

Michael J. Dobson ’11 also enjoyed a strong day, finishing first with a time of 4:49.79 in the 500 free after taking first in the 1000 with a time of 10:06.49.

Laurent Charpentier ’10 joined Stumbaugh and Dobson as the only competitors to author at least two individual wins. Charpentier led from the gun to easily win the 200 free, while he held off Cummings to take first in the 100 free with a time of 47.06.

In maybe MIT’s most impressive showing of the day, Matthew R. Chapa ’12 split 1:59.07 to lead a very strong 1-2-3 sweep in the 200 fly. Deke Hu ’09 finished second with a time of 2:00.04, while Toomas R. Sepp ’11 went 2:00.22 as all three swimmers finished nearly four seconds ahead of the Jumbos’ top entry.

— James Kramer, DAPER Staff