2017-18 MIT Women's Fencing News

  • 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.