Women’s Fencing Goes 1-2 in Big One Sabre Competition

NORTHAMPTON, Mass.Robin Shin won the women's sabre competition over fellow Engineer Molly Kozminsky on Saturday at The Big One Fencing Tournament at Smith College. The event featured individual competition in a field of participants from nearly twenty schools, including several Division I and Division II programs.

Fourteen Engineers competed at the event for the women's team, and MIT came away with five top-ten performances across the three disciplines.

Shin and Kozminsky bested a field of 68 competitors, including several other Engineers. Elena Tatarchenko was not far behind with a 16th place showing and Elizabeth Morant took 51st.

Tech also saw double top-ten finishes in the 73-woman field of epee. Kirsten Hessler grabbed sixth place, a spot above teammate Kristin Kuhn. Rachel Williams (29) and Breanna Peterman (35) also had good showings for MIT. Elizabeth Rosen and Sophie Monahan also competed in the individual event.

At seventh place, Jenna Caldwell was the top performer for Tech in foil, ahead of the 14th placed finish of Julia Hopkins. Julia Kimerly and Elizabeth Min both had top-fifty finishes, while Ana Escalante took 54th of the field of 82.

MIT squares off in its first team competition on Saturday, November 21, when it hosts a Northeast Fencing Conference meet against UMass, New Hampshire, Tufts, Boston University, Brandeis and Wellesley.