CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – With nine fencers in tow, MIT had a solid showing at the NCAA Northeast Regional Championship held Sunday at Boston College. Sophomore Joseph Rafidi (Los Angeles, Calif.) recorded the best outing for the Engineers has he placed 20th in the epee competition. Senior Daniel Levine (Succasunna, N.J.) captured 21st place in foil action while sophomore Ehsan Izadmehr (Wayne, N.J.) led the sabre squad with a ranking of 24th.
After receiving a first round bye, Rafidi went 5-1 to finish first in his pool. Unfortunately he was unable to come away with a win in the third round of pool play, resulting in his overall ranking of 20th. Freshman David Wyrobnik (Frankfurt am Main, Germany) placed 25th after compiling a mark of 2-4 in the second round. Another recipient of a first-round bye, junior Jackson Crane (San Francisco, Calif.) went 1-5 en route to 31st place. Freshman Thomas Boning posted a 2-2 mark for a third-place ranking in the first round and then had a 1-5 outing in the next rotation to rank 32nd.
Levine emerged with a total of 3-2 and a third-place ranking from his opening-round foil pool but could not pick up a victory in the next rotation, leading to his 21st place finish. Senior Benjamin Nield (Preston, Wash.) tallied a record of 1-5 in his pool which generated a final ranking of 28th while junior Alexander Siy (Boulder, Colo.) finished 32nd after going 0-6 in the first round.
Both Izadmehr and senior Vinayak Ramesh (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) earned byes in the first round of the sabre competition. Izadmehr notched a total of 2-4, propelling him to a ranking of 24th, while Ramesh went 1-5 for a 29th place finish.