Shin and Alkilany Collect Medals at the New England Championship
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – At the New England Intercollegiate Fencing Conference Championship on Saturday, junior Robin Shin (Brookline, Mass.) won the second sabre title of her career while freshman Sarah Alkilany (Brooklyn, N.Y.) placed third in the epee competition. MIT finished fourth out of 14 teams in the overall rankings while a record of 32-6 put the sabre squad atop the standings for the fourth year in a row.
Shin began her pursuit of the Gold medal by winning 12 of her 13 bouts in the A pool, followed by 5-0 marks in the semifinal and final rounds. Aliklany's path to the Bronze medal started with a 9-4 performance in the epee A pool. She then dismissed all five of her opponents in the semifinals before ending her run in the finals with a 2-3 ledger.
Senior Molly Kozminsky (Port Matilda, Pa.) and junior Elisabeth Morant (Chicago, Ill.) joined Shin in MIT's tie for first place in the sabre competition. Kozminsky ranked fourth overall as she had a total of 11-2 in the B pool, went 3-2 in the semifinals, and then had a 2-3 outing in the finals. Morant rounded out the squad with a mark of 9-3 in the C pool.
Alkilany collaborated with seniors Kirsten Hessler (Roswell, Ga.) and Rachel Williams (Merritt Island, Fla.) to finish fifth in the epee competition with a tally of 26-12. In the B pool, Hessler registered a 9-4 performance while Williams came in at 8-4 in the C pool.
Senior Julia Hopkins (New York, N.Y.) finished a career-best 10th in the foil standings, courtesy of an 8-5 outing in the A pool and a win in the semifinals. Fellow classmate Ana Escalante (Los Angeles, Calif.) notched a total of 9-4 in the B pool as junior Julia Kimmerly's (Middlesex, Vt.) 10-3 ledger in the C pool propelled MIT to fifth place in the rankings.
Next up for MIT will be the NCAA Regional Championship to be held on Saturday, March 10 at Boston College. Alkilany, Escalante, Hessler, Hopkins, Kimmerly, Kozminsky, senior Breanna Peterman (Selden, N.Y.), freshman Rebecca Shi (Plainsboro, N.J.), Shin, and Williams will represent the Engineers at the qualifier for the NCAA Championship.