March 11, 2013

Women's Fencing Collects Pair of Top-10 Finishes at NCAA Regional

JAMAICA, N.Y. – Freshman Mounica Paturu (Plainsboro, N.J.) captured sixth place in epee as senior Robin Shin (Brookline, Mass.) claimed ninth place in sabre to lead the MIT women's fencing team at the NCAA Northeast Regional Championship on Sunday. Paturu was the first epeeist to crack the top 10 since Stephanie Shin '10 accomplished this feat in 2008 while Robin Shin became the first fencer in program history to finish in the top 10 all four years during her career.

Qualifiers for the complete field at the upcoming NCAA Championship will be announced on Tuesday, March 12 with the competition to be held March 23-24 in San Antonio, Texas.

Paturu finished second in the opening-round pool, was fourth in the next group, and then bounced back with a 4-2 total to rank third in the third round. She closed out the day by winning six of 11 bouts in the finals. Freshman Laura Jarin-Lipschitz (Rosemont, Pa.) was 27th in the epee standings as she won all four bouts in the first round and then tacked on two victories to place sixth in her group.

After receiving a first-round bye, Shin won the next two pools before going 4-7 in the final group. Senior Annabeth Gellman (Ridgewood, N.J.) was 20th overall as freshman Madison Douglas (Concord, Mass.) finished two spots behind her. Gellman bypassed the first round, went 3-3 en route to fourth place in the next rotation, and picked up a win in her last outing. Douglas was undefeated in the opening pool and then finished with a total of 2-4 in the second round.

Senior Julia Kimmerly (Middlesex, Vt.) turned in the best performance of her career as she was 23rd in the foil standings. She defeated all four first-round opponents and add two wins to ranks sixth in her pool. Sophomore Rebecca Shi (Plainsboro, N.J.) rounded out the Engineers as a 3-1 mark and runner-up finish in the first round propelled her to a final ranking of 35th.