COLUMBUS, Ohio – In her NCAA Fencing National Championship debut, MIT freshman Cordelia Avery (New York, N.Y.) finished 13th out of a field of 24 in the sabre competition on Friday. The lone Division III qualifier, she produced the Engineers' best sabre performance since Caroline Purcell '02 was 11th in 2002.
After a slow start, Avery compiled a ledger of 11-12. She defeated two foes from Brown University in addition to recording victories over Yale University, Sacred Heart University, Wayne State University, Northwestern University, St. John's University, Columbia University, University of Pennsylvania, University of North Carolina, and Princeton University. Avery's performances against UNC, Princeton, and Yale were quite impressive has her opponents finished eighth, 10th, and 12th, respectively.
MIT is currently ranked 20th in the team standings heading into the men's portion of the championship which will feature senior Joey Rafidi (Los Angeles, Calif.) in the epee competition slated for an 11:30 a.m. start on Saturday. Information about the NCAA Championship, including live results and video of the semifinal and championship bouts, can be found at ncaa.com/fencing.