March 2, 2009
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - This past weekend, the MIT men's fencing team competed in the IFA Championship, the oldest collegiate championship in the country. The Engineers finished 10th out of 11 teams as the foil team led the charge with a seventh-place finish, followed by epee (eighth) and sabre (10th).
Benjamin Nield finished fifth in the individual foil competition, falling to the eventual runner-up, Sherif Farrag (Columbia), 15-7, after defeating Jonathan Moch (Princeton), 15-11. In the top qualifying pool, he placed ninth with a ledger of 2-8. Richard LaGrandier claimed fifth place (4-5) in the "C" pool while Daniel Levine took sixth (5-5) in the "B" pool.
Matt Gethers led the charge for the epee team as he ranked 13th overall and eighth in the "A" pool with a record of 3-10. Carter Chang captured fourth place in the "C" pool with a tally of 6-4 while Gabriel Chan went 2-8 for a ninth-place finish in the "B" pool.
In the sabre "C" pool, Maximilian Brand placed fifth with a ledger of 5-4. Rangarajan Nadadur ranked 10th in the "B" pool with a total of 2-8 while Igor Kopylov finished 10th (1-8) in the top pool. The field included Boston College, Brandeis University, Brown University, Columbia University, Harvard University, New York University, University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, Vassar College and Yale University.