MIT Sweeps New England Fencing Championship

Feb. 19, 2008

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - For the seventh time in the programs' histories, the MIT men's and women's fencing teams won the New England Championship during the same campaign. The men's squad collected its 24th title and sixth during head coach Jarek Koniusz's 13-year tenure while the women tallied their 14th crown and 10th during the same time span.

A margin of three victories over Boston College was just enough to help the men's team secure its first championship since 2005-06. Junior Igor Kopylov (10-2) earned his third straight sabre title, becoming the first person to achieve this milestone since Allan Williams won three consecutive epee crowns from 1982-85. The Engineers tied Boston College for first place in the sabre competition as Maximilian Brand (9-3, sixth place) and Rangarajan Nadadur (10-1, 10th) rounded out the squad in the individual rankings.

The foil team posted a 29-7 mark en route to a second-place finish. Senior Spencer Sugimoto (9-3) placed second, equaling his best finish which occurred during his rookie campaign. Benjamin Switala and Richard LaGrandier captured the 10th and 11th slots with identical records of 10-2.

Gabriel Chan emerged from the epee "B" pool to record a fifth-place finish while MIT captured third as a team. Matt Gethers captured seventh behind a 10-2 outing while Jeremy Hurwitz just missed the cut as finished third with a 10-2 ledger in the "C" pool.

After back-to-back runner-up finishes, the women's team claimed its first New England Championship since 2004-05 as it edged out Wellesley College by six victories in the final team standings.

Cordelia Link's 12-0 performance in the top foil pool helped power the Engineers to a first-place tie with Wellesley as she finished second in the individual rankings. Lindley Graham compiled a mark of 10-3 in the "B" pool while placing seventh overall. In the "C" pool, Chun Li went 11-2 before finishing 12th among all competitors.

The sabre squad placed second with a record of 30-8. Yuhsin Chen registered a career-best fourth-place finish while notching a mark of 11-2. In her first appearance, Elena Tatarchenko ranked seventh after emerging from the "C" pool with a 10-2 total. Laura Evans bolstered the Engineers' efforts with a 12th-place finish and a 9-4 ledger in the "B" pool.

The epee team improved upon last year's performance by capturing fourth place. Stephanie Shin anchored the squad with a 10-3 record as she finished ninth in the individual standings. Zhenya Gu went 9-4 in the "C" pool en route to a ranking of 12th. Joanna Tong rounded out the contingent with a 7-6 showing in the "B" pool.