WELLESLEY, Mass. – Freshman Cordelia Avery (New York, N.Y.) captured fourth place in the sabre competition to lead the MIT women's fencing team at the NCAA Northeast Regional hosted by Wellesley College on Sunday. Her performance, which was also the best among Division III sabre participants, will put her in a good position to qualify for the upcoming NCAA Championship to be held March 20-23.
Following a first-round bye, Avery generated 5-1 records in the next two rounds before going 6-5 in the final rotation. Sophomore Madison Douglas (Concord, Mass.) claimed 13th place, moving up nine spots from last year. She won all four of her bouts in the opening pool, went 4-2 in the second round, and then registered a 3-3 mark after battling in the same group as Avery in the third round. Making her first NCAA postseason appearance, junior Eliza Mace (Landsdowne, Va.) finished 30th after posting a 3-1 record in the first round and then picking up a win in the next rotation.
Sophomore Mounica Paturu (Acton, Mass.) led the epee unit with a 14th-place finish while classmate Laura Jarin-Lipschitz (Rosemont, Pa.) came in five spots behind her. Paturu defeated all four of her opponents in the first round and after a bye she went 5-1 in the third rotation. She then closed out the competition with a 2-4 total in the fourth group. Following a pair of byes, Jarin-Lipschitz began her day with a 4-2 performance in the third round and then picked up a win in her next outing, helping her improve upon last year's ranking of 27th.
Freshman Jessica Li (Englewood, Colo.) turned in the best foil finish for the Engineers in four years as she ranked 19th while junior Rebecca Shi (Plainsboro, N.J.) was 32nd. Following a bye, Li went 3-2 in her first group but could not record a victory in her six bouts in the third round. Shi's 2-2 performance in the first round advanced her to the next rotation where she went 1-5.