Rafidi Captures Seventh Place at NCAA Northeast Fencing Regional
JAMAICA, N.Y. – Junior Joseph Rafidi (Los. Angeles, Calif.) secured seventh place at the NCAA Northeast Regional Championship on Sunday, resulting in the first top-10 performance by the MIT men's fencing team in seven years and the first in epee action since 2004. Qualifiers for the upcoming NCAA Championship will be announced on Tuesday, March 12 with the competition slated for March 22-23 in San Antonio, Texas.
Following a first-round bye, Rafidi won his pool, placed fourth in the third round, and closed out the day with a 6-5 total in the finals. Senior Jackson Crane (San Francisco, Calif.) also received an opening round bye and then won his pool with a 5-1 ledger. In the next round he went 3-3, which placed him fourth in the group and 13th in the final standings. Freshman Jack Greenfield (Oyster Bay, N.Y.) rounded out the epee unit in 26th place as he went 2-4 in the second rotation to rank fifth in his pool.
Junior Ehsan Izadmehr (Wayne, N.J.) recorded the best performance of his career by finishing 17th in the sabre competition as he compiled a ledger of 5-7 on the day. In his first appearance, classmate Luke O'Malley (Los Angeles, Calif.) posted a 2-3 first-round total that resulted in a ranking of 22nd. Freshman Pon Jirachuphun (Chantaburi, Thailand) picked up a win en route to 29th in the overall rankings.
Freshman Scott Robinson (Califon, N.J.) and senior Alexander Siy finished 32nd and 33rd, respectively, in the foil portion of the event. Robinson was the runner-up in his pool with a tally of 2-2 but was unable to come away with a win in the second round. Siy also had a 2-2 outing which put him in third in his pool; however, like Robinson he did not register a victory in the following round.