Women’s Fencing Captures New England Championship, Avery Clinches Sabre Title

Sophomore Cordelia Avery and head coach Jarek Koniusz
Sophomore Cordelia Avery and head coach Jarek Koniusz

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – For the 17th time in program history the MIT women's fencing team claimed the team title at the New England Championship held on Saturday at Vassar College. The Engineers' sabre unit finished first out of 15 teams and was awarded the Silvio Vitale Cup as the top squad in the women's field as it won 92 percent of its bouts. Sophomore Cordelia Avery (New York, N.Y.) was crowned the sabre champion while classmate Jessica Li (Englewood, Colo.) captured the bronze medal in the foil competition.

In the "A" pool of the preliminary rounds, Avery generated a ledger of 10-3. She posted a 3-2 mark in the first round of elimination action before dismissing all five of her opponents to secure MIT's seventh individual sabre gold medal. Freshman Cori Drysdale (Coral Springs, Fla.) ranked fifth overall after emerging from the "C" pool with a 12-0 record, going 4-1 in the first round, and then adding a victory in the second rotation. Junior Madison Douglas (Concord, Mass.) finished first in the "B" group by winning all 13 of her bouts and posted a victory in the first round to place ninth.

The foil team was the runner-up with a mark of 34-7. Li led the way with a total of 12-2 in the "A" pool, went 4-1 in the next round, and then had a 3-2 outing versus the final group. Freshman Sophia Russo (Santa Barbara, Calif.) ranked second in the "B" pool with an 11-3 record and picked up two victories in the elimination portion en route to an eighth-place performance. Senior Rebecca Shi (Plainsboro, N.J.) completed the contingent with a third-place finish in the "C" pool by going 11-2.

The epee team came in third place with a tally of 32-8. Junior Laura Jarin-Lipschitz (Rosemont, Pa.) led the charge with a 13-1 outing in the "B" pool and a 2-3 ledger in the first round to capture seventh place. Classmate Mounica Paturu (Acton, Mass.) ranked 11th overall by producing a 9-4 total in the "A" pool and tacking on a victory in the next round. Freshman Nicole Kogan (New Haven, Conn.) rounded out the Cardinal and Gray by finishing fourth in the "C" group with a 10-3 record.

Next up for MIT is the NCAA Northeast Regional Championship on Sunday, March 8 at NYU.