NORTHAMPTON, Mass. – The MIT women's fencing team racked up six top-10 performances at The Big One Invitational hosted by Smith College on Saturday. Highlights for the Engineers included a runner-up performance by senior Robin Shin (Brookline, Mass.) in the sabre competition while freshman Mounica Paturu (Plainsboro, N.J.) and sophomore Sarah Alkilany (Brooklyn, N.Y.) were second and tied for third in epee action.
Shin went undefeated in pool play and cruised through the second round before falling to her foe from Brown, 15-9, in the championship. Freshman Madison Douglas (Concord, Mass.) and senior Annabeth Gellman (Ridgewood, N.J.) finished seventh and eighth as they both compiled 6-0 ledgers and advanced to the quarterfinals. Senior Elisabeth Morant (Chicago, Ill.) and sophomore Eliza Mace (Lansdowne, Va.) went 5-1 in pool play and earned spots in the round of 16 en route to 18th and 20th place, respectively. Sophomore Rui Wang (Lexington, Mass.) and senior Sally Wolfe (Madison, Wis.) rounded out the squad in 43rd and 47th place.
In the epee competition, Paturu had a 5-1 performance in pool play, breezed past her next two opponents, and then edged out three straight foes, including Alkilany, by a 15-14 margin, before falling in the championship, 15-13. Alkilany went unscathed in round robin action which resulted in a spot in the group of 32. She picked up wins of 15-4, 15-10, and 15-12 before running into Paturu in the semifinals. Freshman Laura Jarin-Lipschitz (Rosemont, Pa.) ranked 10th as she had a perfect outing in pool play and earned a spot in the round of 16. Freshmen Manting Lao (Columbus, Ohio) and Cecilia Cisar (Cypress, Texas) claimed 40th and 74th place to complete the contingent.
Senior Julia Kimmerly (Middlesex, Vt.) paced the foil squad by ranking 15th. She turned in a 5-1 ledger in pool play, outlasted her next opponent, 15-12, cruised to a 15-3 win in the next round, but was eliminated by the eventual champion in the round of 16. Sophomore Rebecca Shi (Plainsboro, N.J.) came in next at 24th as she had a 4-2 record and advanced to the round of 32 while freshman Arica Wyche (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and Ceridwen Riley claimed 42nd and 44th place. Sophomore Sherry Ren (Katy, Texas) and freshman Tobi Rudoltz (West Orange, N.J.) also saw some action in the competition as they were 69th and tied for 76th.
Next up will the first Northeast Fencing Conference competition of the year which MIT will host on Saturday, Nov. 17.