January 22, 2011

Women’s Fencing Wins Four Conference Bouts

Providence, R.I. – The Engineers women's fencing team had a successful showing at this past weekend's Northeast Fencing Conference meet hosted by Brown University. Tech came home with four victories in six bouts and several impressive individual showings.

After dropping their first match by a 15-12 score to Boston College, MIT rattled off three straight victories. They put down the Jumbos of Tufts 21-6, beat Smith College 19-8 and upended Dartmouth 23-4. The Engineers were unable to beat host Brown University, falling by a slim 16-11 margin, but ended their weekend on a strong note, edging out Vassar by 14-13.

The women's saber team was outstanding on the weekend, winning 47 of the 54 bouts they competed and earning shutouts of both Dartmouth and Vassar, the latter of which to spring MIT to a one point victory. Robin Shin compiled a 17-1 record, while Molly Kozminsky went 15-3 for the Engineers. Annabeth Gellman added eight victories, while Elena Tatarchenko pitched in 7 wins to only one defeat.

The epee squad picked up 28 bout victories, including a perfect sweep in MIT's victory over Dartmouth. Junior Kirsten Hessler had the most effective day for Tech, winning 12 bouts to only six defeats. Senior Kristin Kuhn had an even record on the weekend, at 9 wins and 9 defeats.

Though they struggled as a whole, the foil team came through with an impressive 8-1 victory over their competitors from Tufts University. Jenna Caldwell and Julia Hopkins each won all three of their bouts in that match. Caldwell won 12 bouts on the weekend, also sweeping her competitors in matches with Smith and Dartmouth.  

The Engineers will fence again at home on February 6th, when they host the Eric Solle Invitational. Fencing begins at MIT at 8:30 AM.