Shin and Paturu Lead MIT to 17th Place at NCAA Fencing Championship
SAN ANTONIO, Texas – MIT senior Robin Shin (Brookline, Mass.) and freshman Mounica Paturu (Plainsboro, N.J.) finished 21st and 23rd in the sabre and epee competitions, respectively, at the NCAA Fencing Championship which concluded on Sunday evening. Bolstered by junior Joseph Rafidi's (Los Angeles, Calif.) ninth-place performance in the men's epee pool on Friday, the Engineers ranked 17th out of 25 squads in the overall standings resulting in their best outing since 2002.
Among the four Division III programs to participate in the national championship, the Cardinal and Gray recorded the highest finish, followed by NYU at 18th, Brandeis University at 22nd, and Drew University at 25th. In addition, MIT was the only Division III team that had two women qualify for the event.
The first fencer at MIT to make four appearances at the NCAA Championship, Shin picked up six wins as she topped her sabre foes from Duke, Harvard, Northwestern, NYU, Stanford, and Yale. Paturu, the Engineers' first epee participant in five years, posted four victories in her debut. Squaring off with a line-up of Division I opponents, she defeated rivals from Columbia, Penn, St. John's, and Temple.
Princeton claimed top honors after finishing as the runner-up last year. Notre Dame, the 2011 champions, finished second while Penn State, the 2009 and 2010 titleholders, were third.