February 26, 2008

Engineers Compete at IFA Championships

Feb. 26, 2008

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - This past weekend, the MIT women's fencing team competed in the IFA Championship, the oldest collegiate championship in the country. The Engineers finished 10th out of 12 teams, which included Boston College, Brandeis University, Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Harvard University, New York University, University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, Vassar College and Yale University.

The foil team posted the highest ranking for Tech as it took sixth place for the second year in a row. Cordelia Link led the way by capturing fifth (6-5) in the top pool en route to an overall fifth-place ranking and the highest finish by a Division III competitor. She defeated Mina Zargham (Princeton), 15-10, before falling to the eventual champion, Misha Goldfeder (Harvard), 15-9. In the "C" pool, Jenna Caldwell captured fifth with a 4-1 outing while Chun Li was ninth with a 3-3 mark. Lindley Graham rounded out the group in 12th place and ledger of 3-8 in the "B" pool.

Yuhsin Chen finished ninth in the individual sabre competition and sixth in the "A" pool as the top Division III performer with a total of 6-5. Elena Tatarchenko went 4-7 (ninth place) in the "C" pool while Laura Evans notched a total of 1-10 (12th) in the "B" pool. As a team, the Engineers captured 10th place.

Zhenya Gu recorded the best performance for the epee team with a 4-6 ledger and an eighth-place finish in the "B" pool as the squad claimed 11th place. Sophie Monahan (3-2, ninth place) and Kristin Kuhn (1-5, 13th) represented the Engineers in the "C" pool as Stephanie Shin wrapped up the competition with a 12th-place ranking and a total of 1-10.