November 10, 2009

Men’s Fencing Opens at Smith’s Big One

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. - In the team's season-opener last Saturday, seventeen fencers represented the MIT's men's fencing program at The Big One Fencing Tournament at Smith College. The event featured individual competition in a field of participants from nearly twenty schools, including several Division I and Division II programs. The Engineers finished with two top-ten performances across the three events. 

In sabre, senior Rajiv Nadadur put up the Engineers' best performance, finishing third in a field of 76. Vinnie Ramesh also broke the top twenty with his sixteenth-place finish. Also representing MIT were Max Brand (37th), Isaac Businger (39th) and Nathan Arce (72nd).

MIT had troubles at epee, with freshman Jackson Crane pacing the Engineers at 40th. After pool play, Javi Ordonez (62nd) beat teammate Joseph Atnafu (67th) before losing to eventual-champion Justin Dion from Seton Hall University.

Sophomore Daniel Levine led the way for the Engineers at foil, capturing seventh place. Ben Nield and Rich Lagrandier also had impressive showings at twelfth and fourteenth, respectively. Sasha Siy (26th), Chris Perera (32nd) and Siraj Ali (65th) rounded out Tech's entries in the field of 82.

MIT squares off in its first team competition on Saturday, November 21, when it travels to Brown University to face UMass, UNH, Tufts, Boston University and Brandeis.