NORTHAMPTON, Mass. – Sophomores Madison Douglas (Concord, Mass.) and Mounica Paturu (Acton, Mass.) led the way for the MIT women's fencing team at The Big One Invitational hosted by Smith College on Saturday. Douglas captured the bronze medal in the sabre competition as she tied for third place while Paturu secured fifth place in the epee field.
Douglas went undefeated in pool play and after a first-round bye she advanced to the semifinals where she was edged out by her foe from Brown University, 15-14. Freshman Cordelia Avery (New York, N.Y.) also went through her pool unscathed but her run came to an end in the round of 16, resulting in an 11th-place finish. Sophomore Feyza Haskaraman (Kayseri, Turkey) and junior Eliza Mace (Lansdowne, Va.) secured spots in the second round after producing ledgers of 4-2 and 3-3 in their pools to rank 26th and 31st overall. Junior Rui Wang (Lexington, Mass.), senior Sally Wolfe (Madison, Wis.), and freshman Lara Araujo (Fortaleza, Brazil) rounded out the Engineers with placements of 40th, 53rd, and 63rd.
In the epee competition, Paturu had a 6-0 performance in pool play, earned a bye in the first round and battled her way to the quarterfinals where she fell by a 15-11 margin. Sophomore Manting Lao (Columbus, Ohio) finished 19th as she went 5-1 in round robin action and was edged out, 15-14, in the second round. In her intercollegiate debut, Diana Hernandez (Lawrenceville, Ga.) won three of the six bouts in her pool before bowing out in the first round to place 39th overall. Sophomore Cecilia Cisar (Cypress, Texas) picked up a win in her pool while her appearance in the first round helped her rank 56th. Freshmen Crystal Cockerill (Phoenix, Ariz.) and Laura Tung (Palo Alto, Calif.) completed the contingent in 62nd and 63rd place.
Junior Rebecca Shi (Plainsboro, N.J.) and freshman Jessica Li (Englewood, Colo.) led the way for the foil team by claiming 17th and 18th place as they both went 5-1 in their pools and advanced to the round of 32. Junior Sherry Ren (Beijing, China) and freshmen Diana Lamaute (Chapel Hill, N.C.) and Lynda Tang (San Jose, Calif.) came in next at 38th, 39th, and 40th. The trio turned in 3-3 ledgers in their pools but Ren was the only one to get past the first round. Sophomore Ceri Riley (Kirkland, Wash.) closed out the day in 47th place as she picked up two wins in her pool.
Next up for MIT will the first Northeast Fencing Conference competition of the year to be hosted at Brown on Saturday, Nov. 16.