WALTHAM, Mass. – The MIT women's fencing team got strong performances from its sabre and epee teams to take four of their five matches at this weekend's Brandeis Invitational NCAA Fencing meet. The Engineers scored victories over Brown, Cornell, Haverford, and Yale, dropping their only match to a very strong St. John's University.
Round One saw the Engineers begin their sweep of the Ivy Leagues with a 15-12 victory over Brown University. They were unable to handle the St. John's Red Storm, falling 19-8 to St. John's, but bounced back to defeat Cornell by a slim 14-13 margin. MIT went on to handle Haverford (18-9) and Yale (17-10) to finish the meet with a 4-1 record.
Sabre was the most effective weapon for the Engineers at the event, grabbing a final record of 34-11. Junior Molly Kozminsky swept her opponents in the four victories for MIT en route to going 13-2 at the meet. Sophomore Robin Shin equaled her mark in sabre competition, while Anabeth Gellman and Elena Tatarchenko split time and added seven victories between them.
The epee team earned 7-2 match victories over Haverford and Yale, while competing to a 26-19 mark over the competition. Junior Kirsten Hessler and senior Kristin Kuhn each posted 10-5 records for Tech and Sophie Monahan won four of the eight bouts in which she competed.
Senior Jenna Caldwell led the Engineers foil squad with seven bout victories, two each against Haverford and Cornell. Julia Hopkins won four bouts herself and Julia Kimmerly added one more victory for foil.
The Engineers fencers earned themselves a month and a half break, as they will wait until after the holiday break before taking to the strips again. Tech can next be seen on January 22nd at Brown University, who will host the second Northeast Fencing Conference (NFC) meet.