Engineers Compete at Brandeis Invitational

WALTHAM, Mass. – Senior Robin Shin (Brookline, Mass.) amassed a ledger of 16-2 as the MIT women's fencing team battled several of the top squads in the country at the Brandeis University Invitational on Sunday. The Engineers were unable to come away with a victory after squaring off with St. John's University (20-7), Johns Hopkins University (17-10), Brown University (19-8), Cornell University (19-8), University of North Carolina (19-8), and Yale University (14-13).

The sabre squad finished the day with a 26-28 record which included an 8-1 win over Yale and 5-4 decisions against Johns Hopkins and Cornell. Senior Annabeth Gellman (Ridgewood, N.J.) turned in a 9-9 performance as freshman Madison Douglas (Concord, Mass.) rounded out the team with a total of 6-12.

Sophomore Sarah Alkilany (Brooklyn, N.Y.) led the way for the epee team with a tally of 9-8 followed by an 8-11 performance by freshman Mounica Paturu (Plainsboro, N.J.). Freshman Laura Jarin-Lipschitz (Rosemont, Pa.) tacked on three victories as classmate Manting Lao (Columbus, Ohio) lost her bout against UNC. MIT compiled a mark of 24-30 on the strength of 5-4 wins over Johns Hopkins and Brown while being edged out by the same margin against UNC and Yale.

The foil contingent produced four wins on the day as three came against UNC. Sophomore Rebecca Shi (Plainsboro, N.J.) registered two victories over the Tar Heels and defeated one of her foes from Yale. Sophomore Sherry Ren (Katy, Texas) accounted for MIT's third win versus UNC while senior Julia Kimmerly (Middlesex, Vt.) and freshman Ceri Riley (Kirkland, Wash.) rounded out the squad.

Following the holiday break, the Engineers (6-6) return to action on Saturday, Jan. 26 for their final Northeast Fencing Conference competition of the season.