May 3, 2011

Shin Wins NFC’s Elliot Lilien Award

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – MIT sabre fencer Robin Shin has been named the recipient of the 2010-11 Northeast Fencing Conference (NFC) Elliot Lilien Award. The Lilien Award is given to the "fencer who combines sportsmanship with excellent fencing skills."

Shin, a sophomore from Brookline, Massachusetts, missed out on winning NFC Fencer of the Year by one bout, compiling a brilliant conference record of 34-2. She qualified for NCAA Nationals and compiled 11 victories over the competition, placing 14th overall, just a few touches away from placing in the top 12 and earning All-America recognition.

Shin is the third MIT fencer to win the Lilien Award, and the first since 2007, when it was given to Trevor Chang. Caroline Purcell was the other Engineer to earn the honor, in 2001.

The award was nominated for and voted on by the coach's of the NFC at Sunday's end of the year meeting. Shin beat out the nominees in the other two weapons, Vassar epee Sophie Courser and Brown foil fencer Kathryn Hawrot.