February 24, 2013

Shin and Paturu Crowned New England Fencing Champions

WALTHAM, Mass. – MIT senior Robin Shin (Brookline, Mass.) claimed her third sabre title while freshman Mounica Paturu (Plainsboro, N.J.) won the epee competition at the New England Championship hosted by Brandeis University on Saturday. Senior Annabeth Gellman (Ridgewood, N.J.) was the runner-up in the sabre field as the squad collected top honors for the fifth year in a row. In the overall standings, the Engineers finished third out of 15 teams.

Shin joins Caroline Purcell '02 as the only three-time sabre champions in program history after winning all 15 of her bouts. Gellman went 14-1 in the B Pool as freshman Madison Douglas (Concord, Mass.) defeated all 12 of her opponents in the C Pool en route to fifth place overall.

Paturu became MIT's first epee champion since Nora Szasz '99 in 1999 after emerging from the A Pool with a ledger of 10-5. Freshman Laura Jarin-Lipschitz (Rosemont, Pa.) finished ninth following a 13-2 performance and third-place ranking in the B Pool. Fellow classmate Manting Lao (Columbus, Ohio) was fifth in the C Pool with a total of 8-5 as the Engineers secured fourth place on a tally of 31-8.

Sophomore Rebecca Shi (Plainsboro, N.J.) led the foil team with a 12th-place finish and a 12-3 ledger in the B Pool. Senior Julia Kimmerly (Middlesex, Vt.) was ninth in the top group with a record of 7-8 while freshman Ceri Riley (Kirkland, Wash.) rounded out the unit by going 7-6 in the C Pool to finish sixth. The Cardinal and Gray was fifth overall as it registered a 26-17 mark.

Next up for MIT will be the NCAA Northeast Regional Championship on Sunday, March 10.