February 18, 2011

Four Named to All-Conference Fencing Team, Sixteen Qualify for NCAA Regionals

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – As the head to head fencing season comes to a close, MIT sees sixteen fencers qualify for NCAA Regional competition, to be held March 13th at Vassar College. The Engineers also had four fencers named to the All-Conference All Star Team.

Sabre fencers Molly Kozminsky and Robin Shin were both named to the Northeast Fencing Conference (NFC) First Team for their weapon. Jackson Crane earned a spot on the men's epee second team, while Daniel Levine got himself onto the second team in foil competition.

Those four each earned spots to compete at the NCAA Regionals. In addition, seven more women and five more men had winning percentages over 20%, good enough to book trips to Sacred Heart in Fairfield, CT.  

With a 66% season winning percentage, senior Elena Tatarchenko joined Shin (89%) and Kozminsky (80%) as the third and final sabre fencer to qualify for the MIT women. Jenna Caldwell (44%), Julia Hopkins (32%), and Ana Escalante (22%) will fence foil for Tech, while Kirsten Hessler (55%), Sophie Monahan (43%) and Kristin Kuhn (42%) qualified in epee competition.

Jackson Crane finished the season with a 69% winning percentage, while Levine's mark was 43%. Freshman epee fencer Joey Rafidi compiled a 62% win percentage, and will join Crane, while Levine will be joined by fellow foil fencer Benjamin Nield (46%).  The Engineers will have a full complement of sabre fencers travelling with them. Maximilian Brand (44%), Isaac Businger (26%) and Alexis Hakimi (25%) all punched tickets to NCAA Regionals with their performances this season.

Shin, a sophomore from Brookline, Massachusetts, missed out on winning NFC Fencer of the Year by one bout, compiling a record of 34-2. Kozminsky, a junior from Port Matilda, Pennsylvania, had a stellar year as well, winning 33 bouts and dropping just three.

Levine, a junior who hails from Succasunna, New Jersey led the foil team with a 22-8 record throughout the season. Sophomore Jackson Crane notched a 20-9 ledger for a young and talented epee squad.

The women's fencing team finished fourth in the Northeast Fencing Conference, with a 9-3 record. The men finished with their ledger at 4-6, good for sixth place in the conference.

As a tune up to NCAA's, the Engineers will compete at the New England Championships, held Sunday February 27th at Mount Holyoke College.