2017-18 MIT Women's Fencing News

  • Helen Sakharova Named NFC Women’s Fencer of the Year
    April 03, 2018
    MIT junior Helen Sakharova (Ridgewood, N.J.) became the second student-athlete in the history of the women’s fencing program and the first epeeist to be named the Northeast Fencing Conference (NFC) Women’s Fencer of the Year as announced by the league this week. She joins Robin Shin ’13, who earned this accolade in 2012 for sabre, on the Engineers’ short list of recipients.
  • Sakharova Finishes 21st at NCAA Fencing Championship
    March 23, 2018
    MIT junior Helen Sakharova (Ridgewood, N.J.) closed out the NCAA Fencing Championship by placing 21st in the epee standings on Friday. She climbed up three spots from last year's finish of 24th.
  • Sakharova Ranks 18th After Day 1 of NCAA Fencing Championship
    March 22, 2018
    Following the conclusion of the first three rounds of epee competition on Thursday, MIT junior Helen Sakharova (Ridgewood, N.J.) ranked 18th out of 24 epee participants at the NCAA Fencing Championship. The lone Division III qualifier for the second year in a row, she compiled a record of 6-9 in her second national appearance.
  • Helen Sakharova Qualifies for NCAA Fencing Championship
    March 13, 2018
    For the second year in a row, junior Helen Sakharova (Ridgewood, N.J.) will represent the MIT women's fencing team at the NCAA Championship to be held March 22-25 at Penn State. She will once again be the lone Division III epee competitor in a field of 24 participants.
  • Sakharova Leads Women’s Fencing With Fifth-Place Finish at NCAA Regional Championship
    March 11, 2018
    MIT junior Helen Sakharova (Ridgewood, N.J.) captured fifth place in epee at the NCAA Fencing Northeast Regional Championship on Sunday, resulting in the highest Division III performance for the weapon for the second year in a row. Freshman Shiaoching Tse (Apex, N.C.) ranked 15th in foil, marking the Engineers’ best showing since Cordelia Link ’10 placed 14th in 2010. Freshman Therese Mills (Medford, N.J.) finished a team-best 20th among the sabre competitors.
  • Women's Fencing Captures 18th New England Championship, Sakharova Earns Third Epee Title
    February 24, 2018
    For the 18th time in program history and first since 2015, the MIT women’s fencing team captured the New England Intercollegiate Fencing Championship on Saturday. Junior Helen Sakharova (Ridgewood, N.J.) won her third epee individual title, becoming the first fencer in program history to accomplish this feat. The epee unit finished first out of 14 teams and was awarded the Silvio Vitale Cup, which goes to the top squad in the women’s field, as the Engineers won 95 percent of their bouts. The foil team also finished atop the standings and was powered by sophomore Stephanie Li’s (Greenwood Villlage, Colo.) seventh-place finish. Junior Jasmine McGhee (Chandler, Ariz.) led the way for the sabre squad as her career-best eighth-place finish helped MIT rank fifth overall.
  • Helen Sakharova Named to NFC All-Star Epee First Team
    February 20, 2018
    For the second year in a row, MIT junior Helen Sakharova (Ridgewood, N.J.) earned a spot on the Northeast Fencing Conference (NFC) All-Star Epee First Team. She is the only fencer in program history to be a three-time NFC Epee All-Star as she was tabbed to the second team following her freshman campaign.
  • Women's Fencing Battles at the Beanpot
    February 14, 2018
    In its final action of the regular season, the MIT women's fencing team fell to Brandeis University (14-13), Harvard University (19-8), and Boston College (14-13) in the Beanpot on Wednesday night. Junior Helen Sakharova (Ridgewood, N.J.) powered the epee unit with a 6-3 ledger while senior Nicole Kogan (New Haven, Conn.) led the sabre squad with a 5-4 performance. Freshman Shiaoching Tse (Apex, N.C.) generated a 5-4 mark for the Engineers' foil contingent.
  • Tse and Nunn Lead Women's Fencing at the Sollee Invitational
    February 03, 2018
    Freshman Shiaoching Tse (Apex, N.C.) went 12-3 in foil action while sophomore Taiylor Nunn (Westport, Conn.) generated a 10-3 performance for the epee unit in the MIT women's fencing team's appearance at the Eric Sollee Invitational on Saturday. The Engineers defeated Hunter College (22-5), New Jersey Institute of Technology (17-10), and Haverford College (16-11) but fell to NYU (20-7) and Stevens Institute of Technology (17-10). Freshman Therese Mills (Medford, N.J.) rounded out MIT as the top sabre performer with a tally of 9-6.
  • Epee Team Powers Women's Fencing to a 4-2 Ledger in NFC Competition
    January 28, 2018
    Fueled by a 41-13 epee performance, the MIT women's fencing team produced a 4-2 record at its final Northeast Fencing Conference competition of the season on Sunday. The Engineers defeated Vassar College (17-10), non-conference opponent University of Florida (21-6), Tufts University (16-11), and Dartmouth College (17-10) but fell to Brown University (17-10) and host Boston College (18-9). Junior Helen Sakharova (Ridgewood, N.J.) won 17 of her 18 epee bouts while freshman Shiaoching Tse (Apex, N.C.) generated a 14-3 foil record. Freshman Therese Mills (Medford, N.J.) powered the sabre contingent with a tally of 11-7.
  • Women’s Fencing Defeats Incarnate Word at Brandeis Invitational
    December 03, 2017
    In its final competition of the semester, the MIT women’s fencing team went 1-4 at the Brandeis University Invitational on Sunday. The Engineers (7-5) overpowered the University of Incarnate Word (25-2) but fell to Division I foes Yale University (21-6), St. John’s University (19-8), Cornell University (17-10), and the University of North Carolina (17-10). Junior Helen Sakharova (Ridgewood, N.J.) led the epee squad with an 11-4 performance while freshman Shiaoching Tse (Apex, N.C.) finished with a total of 9-3 for the foil team. Freshman Therese Mills (Medford, N.J.) paced the sabre contingent with a tally of 5-10.
  • Sakharova and Li Go Undefeated in NFC Opener
    November 18, 2017
    Junior Helen Sakharova (Ridgewood, N.J.) went 21-0 in epee action while sophomore Stephanie Li (Greenwood Village, Colo.) generated a 15-0 performance for the foil unit in the MIT women’s fencing team Northeast Fencing Conference opener on Saturday at Brown University. Registering a 6-1 mark for the second year in a row, the Engineers defeated UMass (21-6), University of New Hampshire (26-1), Boston University (18-9), Wellesley College (16-11), Sacred Heart University (19-8), and Smith College (17-10) with their lone loss coming at the hands of Brandeis University (15-12). Freshman Therese Mills (Medford, N.J.) rounded out the strong start to conference competition by powering the sabre squad with a mark of 15-6.
  • Helen Sakharova Earns Gold Medal at The Big One Invitational
    November 04, 2017
    MIT junior Helen Sakharova (Ridgewood, N.J.) won the epee Gold medal at the season-opening The Big One Invitational hosted by Smith College on Saturday. The women’s fencing team also saw freshman Shiaoching Tse (Apex, N.C.) and sophomore Karen Gu (East Hanover, N.J.) rank fifth and 10th, respectively, in the foil competition. Freshman Therese Mills (Medford, N.J.) rounded out the Engineers’ top-10 placements by finishing sixth in the sabre standings.
  • Olympic Gold Medalist Johan Harmenberg Speaking on Friday, October 13th
    October 12, 2017
    Cambridge, Mass. (October 12) -- On Friday, October 13th, former MIT fencer and 1980 Olympic gold medalist in Epee, Johan Harmenberg, will be lecturing at MIT on new research in the sport of fencing.