NORTHAMPTON, Mass. - In the team's season-opener last Saturday, fourteen 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 three top-ten performances across the three events.
Sophomore Jackson Crane had the best finish for the Engineers, placing second in an epee field that consisted of 69 entrants. Joseph Rafidi was also in the top-ten in epee competition, with a seventh place finish. Neil Fitzgerald and Daniel Glover placed 63rd and 64th, respectively, with Tech's Gabe Karpman rounding out the field.
In foil, Daniel Levine grabbed the other top-ten finish of the meet for MIT with a sixth place showing, while Ben Nield was one spot out of the top-ten. Chris Perera grabbed the 21st spot overall and Siraj Ali (49) and Alex Wang (66) were also part of the 71-athlete field for MIT.
Max Brand led the sabre competitors by taking 11th place. Viniyak Ramesh took 29th place overall, while Isaac Businger was able to crack the top fifty, with a 49th place finish in the 71-entrant field. Nathan Arce and Alexis Hakimi also fenced sabre for the Engineers.
MIT squares off in its first team competition on Saturday, November 21, when it hosts a Northeast Fencing Conference meet against UMass, New Hampshire, Tufts, Boston University and Brandeis.