CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – MIT seniors Craig Cheney (Sherwood, Ore.), Joey Rafidi (Los Angeles, Calif.), Paul Syta (Fairport, N.Y.), Michelle Teplensky (Somers, N.Y.) and Maddy Wharton (Swarthmore, Pa.) were selected for Capital One Academic All-America At-Large honors as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America on Tuesday. The five awards tied for the highest tally among Division III programs this year and equaled the most recipients in Institute history which was first achieved during the 1998-99 academic year. MIT is the all-time Division III leader in producing Academic All-Americas and currently ranks third across all NCAA Divisions with 212 honorees.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Four MIT student-athletes were named to the Capital One Academic All-District At-Large team, as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Thursday afternoon. Seniors Craig Cheney (Sherwood, Ore.), Joey Rafidi (Los Angeles, Calif.), Paul Syta (Fairport, N.Y.), and Edwin Zhang (Falls Church, Va.) will represent MIT on the national ballot and will vie for Academic All-America honors, which will be voted on next month.
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Carrying a 5.0 GPA, MIT senior Joey Rafidi (Los Angeles, Calif.) was presented with the NCAA Elite 89 Award at the NCAA Fencing National Championship held this past weekend at Ohio State. He is the sixth MIT student-athlete and first fencer to receive this accolade since it was established during the 2009-10 academic year.
COLUMBUS, Ohio – For the second year in a row MIT senior Joey Rafidi (Los Angeles, Calif.) secured ninth place in the epee portion of the NCAA Fencing National Championship hosted by Ohio State on Sunday. The lone Division III qualifier in a field of 24 participants, he earned All-America honorable mention accolades to become the eighth fencer in program history to accomplish this feat.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – For the second year in a row, senior Joey Rafidi (Los Angeles, Calif.) will represent MIT at the NCAA Fencing Championship and he will be joined by freshman Cordelia Avery (New York, N.Y.) at the competition scheduled to begin this Thursday at Ohio State. Qualifiers for epee and sabre, Rafidi and Avery are the lone Division III participants in their respective weapons.
WELLESLEY, Mass. – At the NCAA Northeast Fencing Regional hosted by Wellesley College on Sunday, MIT senior Joey Rafidi (Los Angeles, Calif.) was the runner-up in the epee competition. The best finish for this weapon in the history of the men’s fencing program, Rafidi will return to the NCAA Championship which will be held March 20-23.
SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. – Senior Joey Rafidi (Los Angles, Calif.) captured MIT’s first individual epee title at the New England Intercollegiate Fencing Championship since 1995 while the epee team finished atop the standings for the first time in five years on Saturday. Freshman Benjamin Lin (Beaverton, Ore.) was third in the sabre competition as sophomore Scott Robinson (Califon, N.J.) finished fifth in foil action, helping the Engineers claim the runner-up spot among 11 teams.
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. – A pair of first-time honorees represented the MIT men’s fencing team on the Northeast Fencing Conference (NFC) All-Star Team as announced by the league on Monday. Freshman Benjamin Lin (Beaverton, Ore.) secured a spot on the Sabre First Team while sophomore Giulio Gueltrini (Ravenna, Italy) was tabbed to the Epee Second Team.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The MIT men’s fencing team closed out the regular season by defeating Boston College, 16-11, in the final round of the Beanpot on Wednesday night. Earlier in the evening, the Engineers (16-12) fell to Brandeis University, 18-9, and Harvard, 20-7. With five athletes in action, the epee squad amassed a ledger of 19-8 as it blanked BC and edged out Brandeis and Harvard by a 5-4 margin.
DURHAM, N.C. – In its push towards the post season, the MIT men’s fencing team squared off against a highly competitive field at the Duke University Invitational on Saturday. The Engineers (15-10) defeated the U.S. Air Force Academy (14-13) but fell to UNC (17-10), the host Blue Devils (19-8), Johns Hopkins University (19-8), and Brandeis University (16-11). The epee team had the best outing for the Cardinal and Gray as it compiled a ledger of 24-21, followed by the sabre squad at 15-30, and the foil contingent at 12-33.
WALTHAM, Mass. – For the second week in a row, the MIT men’s fencing team put together an unblemished outing as it compiled a 5-0 record at the Eric Sollee Invitational on Saturday. The Engineers defeated Stevens Institute of Technology (15-12), Hunter College (24-3), New Jersey Institute of Technology (20-7), NYU (18-9), and Haverford College (17-10) to improve to 14-6 on the season. Freshman Benjamin Lin (Beaverton, Ore.) finished undefeated in back-to-back competitions as he turned in a 14-0 sabre performance while sophomore Giulio Gueltrini (Ravenna, Italy) led the epee team with a tally of 11-4. Sophomore Scott Robinson (Califon, N.J.) once again paced the foil squad as he finished with a 10-5 mark.
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – The MIT men’s fencing team went 5-0 in the second Northeast Fencing Conference (NFC) competition of the season on Saturday. Returning to action following a lengthy hiatus, the Engineers (9-6, 8-2 NFC) defeated host Boston College (16-11), Vassar College (16-11), Dartmouth College (15-12), Tufts University (22-5), and Brown University (15-12). Freshman Benjamin Lin (Beaverton, Ore.) turned in a 15-0 sabre performance while sophomores Dinis Cheian (Chisinau, Moldova) and Scott Robinson (Califon, N.J.) both went 11-4 for the epee and foil units, respectively.
WALTHAM, Mass. – Facing its toughest competition of the season thus far, the MIT men’s fencing team went 1-4 at the Brandeis University Invitational on Sunday. The Engineers defeated Johns Hopkins University (14-13) but fell to Yale University (17-10), Brown University (17-10), Columbia University (19-8), and St. John’s University (20-7).
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – In its first Northeast Fencing Conference competition of the season, the MIT men’s fencing team went 3-2 at Brown University on Saturday. The Engineers (3-2) overpowered Boston University (23-4), UMass Amherst (23-4), and University of New Hampshire (20-7) but fell to Brandeis University (15-12) and Sacred Heart University (17-10).
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. – For the third year in a row, senior Joey Rafidi (Los Angeles, Calif.) captured the epee title at The Big One Invitational hosted by Smith College on Saturday. Sophomore Dinis Cheian (Chisinau, Moldova) was tied for third in the epee standings as freshman Benjamin Lin (Beaverton, Ore.) claimed the same spot in the sabre competition.