Cambridge, Mass. – The MIT women's fencing team opened its team competition season by winning five of its six contests as it hosted the first Northeast Fencing Conference (NFC) meet of 2010. MIT scored wins over Sacred Heart (17-10), UNH (23-4), Boston University (19-8), Brandeis (15-12) and UMass (19-8). The only tilt it dropped was a 17-10 defeat at the hands of Wellesley College.
The sabre team led the way for the Engineers, sweeping two contests and finishing with a 49-5 record overall. Molly Kozminsky won all 18 of her bouts, while Robin Shin dropped only one, picking up 17 points. The sabre crew averaged 8.2 points out of the 9 available in each contest.
Epee was also very successful, picking up 33 of 54 available points, and having a very strong showing against UNH (9-0). Kristin Kuhn and Kirsten Hessler were the most consistent performers for Tech's epee squad. Kuhn won 13 of 18 bouts, while Hessler finished the weekend with and 11-7 record. Epee's only loss came with an 8-1 drubbing at the hands of Wellesley, with Hessler picking up the only point in the defeat.
The young foil crew struggled on the weekend, winning 26 of 54 bouts, but came up strong with a 7-2 victory over Brandeis's foil. Julia Hopkins was the strongest performer for the Engineers, grabbing 11 wins, while Julia Kimmerly also contributed with five victories.
The Engineers will next travel to Brandeis where they will face-off with Brown, North Carolina, Yale, Cornell and St. John's at an NCAA meet on December 5th. The next Northeast Fencing Conference meet is January 22nd at Brown.