Women's Fencing Claims Second Place at New England Championship

Women's Fencing Claims Second Place at New England Championship

Burlington, Vt. (March 4) – For the second year in a row the MIT women's fencing team captured second place at the New England Championship hosted by the University of Vermont on Saturday. Sophomore Helen Sakharova (Ridgewood, N.J.) repeated as epee champion while the unit finished first overall. Senior Jessica Li (Englewood, Colo.) was the foil runner-up while junior Sophie Russo (Santa Barbara, Calif.) tied for third place for the second straight year. Sophomore Amnahir Peña-Alcántara (New York, N.Y) had the best performance for sabre team with her 11th-place finish.

MIT returns to action on Sunday, March 12 when it travels to Yale University for the NCAA Northeast Regional Championship.

Epee (First place finish with 36-1 record)

 

Helen Sakharova First Place 12-1 record (1st in Group A) Pool Round: 4-1 record Round of 8: Won 15-13 vs. Ceara Sweeney (Boston College)
Semifinals: Won 15-12 vs. Tesla Wells (MIT)
Finals: Won 13-12 vs. Liz Feller (Brandeis) 
Tesla Wells Tied for Third Place 11-0 record (1st in Group C) Pool Round: 3-2 record Round of 8: Won 15-10 vs. Dakota Levy (Brandeis)
Semifinal: Lost 15-12 vs. Helen Sakharova (MIT) 
Taiylor Nunn Fifth Place 13-0 record (1st in Group B) Pool Round: 4-1 record Round of 8: Lost 14-12 vs. Samantha Abbott (Sacred Heart)

 

Foil (Third place finish with 27-10 record)

 

Jessica Li Second Place 11-2 record (2nd in Group A) Pool Round: 4-1 record

Round of 8: Won 15-10 vs. Sophie Blumenstock (Vassar)
Semifinals: Won 15-4 vs. Jessica Gets (Brandeis)
Final: Lost 15-11 vs. Joanne Carminucci (Brandeis) 

Sophie Russo Tied for Third Place
(Career Best)
11-2 record (2nd in Group B) Pool Round: 4-1 record Round of 8: Won 15-13 vs. Bailey Partridge (Sacred Heart)
Semifinals: Lost 15-6 vs. Joanne Carminucci (Brandeis)
Cheyenne Hua n/a 5-6 record (7th in Group C) n/a n/a

 

Sabre (Sixth place finish with 23-13 record)

 

Amnahir Peña-Alcántara
11th Place 10-2 record (3rd in Group B) Pool Round: 0-5 record
Nicole Kogan n/a 5-8 record (10th in Group A) n/a
Jasmine McGhee n/a 8-3 record (4th in Group C) n/a