INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – MIT sophomore Benjamin Lin (Beaverton, Ore.) and freshman Tzer Wong (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) will represent the sabre squad at the NCAA Fencing Championship to be held March 19-20 at Ohio State. The lone Division III sabre qualifiers, this is the second time in program history the Engineers will have multiple competitors in the same weapon at the championship as they had two sabre entries in 2001.
Making their first appearances at the national level, Lin and Wong ranked sixth and ninth, respectively, at Sunday's NCAA Northeast Regional Championship. Lin, who produced MIT's best performance since Igor Kopylov '09 secured ninth place in 2006, won all five of his bouts in the first round and then had a 3-3 outing in the next rotation before posting a 5-6 mark in the final group. Wong registered a 4-2 mark in the opening round, followed by a 3-3 ledger in the second set of round-robin action. He wrapped up his debut with a 5-6 total, giving the Engineers their first pair of sabre top-10 finishes.