March 2, 2009
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The MIT women's fencing team placed sixth out of 12 teams at the IFA Championship last weekend, equaling the program's best team finish which was first reached in 2002. In addition, Robin Shin captured the Silver medal in sabre, becoming the first medalist for the Engineers since Caroline Purcell claimed the sabre crown nine years ago.
Shin began her march to the medal stand with a 7-4 ledger in qualifying action. She edged out Charlotte Rose (Brown), 15-13, to kick off the championship flight. Shin then defeated Anna Hanley (Brandeis), 15-9, and Stephanie Aiuto (Columbia), 15-11, before falling to Caroline Vloka (Harvard), 15-6, in the title match. Lauren Chilton and Molly Kozminsky also represented MIT in the sabre competition. With an 8-3 record, Chilton finished fourth in the "C" pool while Kozminsky ranked ninth (3-8) in the "B" pool. As a team, the Cardinal and Gray placed sixth overall.
Cordelia Link finished fifth among all foil competitors for the third year in a row as the squad ranked eighth. After notching a 7-4 mark, Link defeated Dana Baines (Cornell), 15-10, but lost to Arielle Pensler (Harvard), 15-13. Jenna Caldwell placed eighth in the "B" pool with a 5-6 record as Lindley Graham finished ninth with a mark of 3-7.
Kirsten Hessler advanced to the epee individual championship bracket courtesy of an 8-3 mark in the "B" pool. Hessler's run was short-lived as Chandler Clay (Princeton) outlasted her, 15-13, and resulted in a 10th-place finish. Sophie Monahan ranked sixth in the "C" pool with a ledger of 6-5 as Stephanie Shin placed 11th (3-8) in the top pool. The Engineers finished seventh as a team.
The IFA Championship, the oldest collegiate championship in the country, featured squads from 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.