Cambridge, Mass. – The Northeast Fencing Conference (NFC) has named MIT Engineer Molly Kozminsky their Fencer of the Month. The announcement comes after the first NFC meet of the season, which was hosted by MIT the weekend of November 20th. Kozminsky, a sabre fencer, went a perfect 18-0 at the meet.
Kozminsky, a junior from Port Matilda, Pennsylvania, is a two-time NFC All-Conference honoree. Last month, her perfect score helped MIT win five of its six matches at its host NFC meet. Kozminsky and the sabre team went 49-5, sweeping two schools and averaging 8.2 of the 9 available points per contest.
At a non-conference meet the weekend of December 5th, Kozminsky went 13-2, sweeping four opponents and helping the sabre team amass a 34-11 record. This NCAA meet, held at Brandeis University, was not considered by the NFC in their monthly award procedures.
The NFC also released team and individual standings following the first NFC meet. Kozminsky and sophomore Robin Shin top the women's sabre individual leader board. Shin lost just one bout and sits behind Kozminsky at 17-1 for the year. Kristin Kuhn, who at 13-5 is sixth overall in epee, is the other Engineer on the leader boards.
On the men's side, MIT has athletes in the top six of every discipline. Joseph Rafidi has an 11-2 mark, good for third overall in men's epee, while teammate Jackson Crane is sixth (9-5). Vinayak Ramesh (11-4) is fifth overall in sabre, as is Daniel Levine in men's foil, with an identical record.
The MIT women have a 5-1 season record after the first NFC meet of the year. The Engineer men are 3-2, with the next contest for both of them scheduled for January 22nd at Brown University.