March 26, 2011

Shin Completes Amazing Season with Strong Showing at Nationals

Columbus, Ohio – Women's saber fencer Robin Shin completed an incredible season this weekend when she finished 14th in the country at the 2011 NCAA National Fencing Championships at Ohio State University. Shin competed against the 24 top college saber fencers in the country, as was one of only three competitors to come from a Division 3 programs.

Shin compiled 11 victories over the competition and was just a few touches away from placing in the top 12 and earning All-America recognition.

After going 1-2 in her first two bouts, Shin pulled off a streak of three straight victories, winning five of her next six bouts. On the way, she defeated both Samantha Roberts and Loweye Diedro of Columbia University. Though she dropped her next six bouts, Shin finished the competition strong, winning another three in a row and five of her final eight contests. In this mini-streak, she defeated Monica Aksamit and Nicole Glon of Penn State, a powerhouse school that finished second in the overall team standings.

Each fencer competed in one five touch bout against each other competitor, with the top four finishers moving on to the Final Four. There fifteen-touch bouts would be fenced to decide the finalists and the overall champion.

With Shin's strong finish, MIT was able to tie for 21st place in the team competition. Thirty teams sent fencers to the Championship competition, with Notre Dame outdoing Penn State for the overall title.