CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – At the Beanpot held on Wednesday night, the MIT women's fencing team defeated Brandeis University, 14-13, while falling to host Boston College by the same score. Against cross-town rival Harvard University, the Engineers were bested by the Crimson, 19-8.
Seniors Annabeth Gellman (Ridgewood, N.J.) and Robin Shin (Brookline, Mass.) led the way for the sabre squad with 7-2 ledgers while freshman Madison Douglas (Concord, Mass.) turned in a 4-5 performance. The contingent finished at 18-9 on the night as it overpowered BC (8-1) and Brandeis (7-2) but fell to Harvard, 6-3.
The epee team compiled a total of 12-15 as it defeated Brandeis, 6-3, but succumbed to BC and Harvard by the same margin. Freshmen Laura Jarin-Lipschitz (Rosemont, Pa.) and Mounica Paturu (Plainsboro, N.J.) both went 6-3 while classmate Manting Lao (Columbus, Ohio) was unable to come away with a victory in her nine outings.
Senior Julia Kimmerly (Middlesex, Vt.) paced the foil team with a total of 3-6 as sophomore Rebecca Shi (Plainsboro, N.J.) finished at 2-7. Freshman Ceri Riley (Kirkland, Wash.) also saw some action but could not generate a victory.
MIT (15-12) kicks off its postseason run on Saturday, Feb. 23 at the New England Championship to be hosted by Brandeis University.