CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In conjunction with its annual alumni meet, the MIT fencing program dedicated its expanded and improved salle d'armes on Saturday, Oct. 22. The renovation was the first for this facility since the completion of the duPont Athletic Center in 1959.
The room underwent many significant enhancements, including a 30 percent expansion of the space allowing for safer practices, an increase in junior varsity competition, seating, and storage. A new "sprung" athletic floor was installed, providing a resilient surface that will reduce team injuries. In addition, 12 full-length strips and ceiling mounted electronic scoring equipment were built in, enabling more fencers to practice safely.
"It took eight years of dreaming, one year of intense fundraising, and four months to build this state-of-the-art world class facility," said head coach Jarek Koniusz. "Our student-athletes are the recipients of a place that is productive for practice, will allow them to wind down from the academic stress and then return to class full of creative energy."
Speakers at the ceremony were Julie Soriero, DAPER Department Head and Athletic Director, Jarek Koniusz, MIT Head Coach, Arlie Sterling '77 of the Fencing Room Renovation Fund, and senior captains Molly Kozminsky (Port Matilda, Pa.) and Daniel Levine (Succasunna, N.J.).