2018-19 MIT Women's Fencing News

  • Women’s Fencing Defeats Brandeis at the Beanpot
    February 13, 2019
    In its final action of the regular season, the MIT women’s fencing team edged out host Brandeis University, 14-13, in the Beanpot on Wednesday. The victory came between losses to Boston College (23-4) and Harvard University (25-2). Senior Helen Sakharova (Ridgewood, N.J.) powered the epee team with a 7-2 ledger while first-year Anita Dey Barsukova (Richardson, Texas) led the sabre squad with a 4-5 mark. Junior Karen Gu (East Hanover, N.J.) turned in the best performance for the foil contingent as she went 2-6.
  • Sabre Unit Powers Women’s Fencing at Sollee Invitational
    February 03, 2019
    For the second week in a row, the MIT women’s fencing team saw its sabre squad produce another strong outing as it compiled a record of 40-14 at the Eric Sollee Invitational hosted by the Engineers on Sunday. MIT overpowered Hunter College (24-3) and Yeshiva University (25-2) but had tough losses to NYU (19-8), New Jersey Institute of Technology (14-13), Haverford College (14-13), and Stevens Institute of Technology (17-10). First-year Anita Dey Barsukova (Richardson, Texas) led the sabre contingent with a 15-3 mark while junior Taiylor Nunn (Westport, Conn.) also powered the epee team with a 15-3 performance. Junior Stephanie Li (Greenwood Village, Colo.) turned in the top performance for the foil squad with a ledger of 11-4.
  • Women's Fencing Sabre Squad Shines at NFC Competition
    January 26, 2019
    The MIT women’s fencing team was led by first-year Anita Dey Barsukova’s (Richardson, Texas) 14-4 sabre record at the second Northeast Fencing Conference (NFC) event of the season on Saturday. Posting a 3-3 ledger, the Engineers defeated Tufts University (17-10), Dartmouth College (19-8), and non-conference opponent University of Rhode Island (19-8), but fell to Vassar College (16-11), host Brown University (21-6), and Boston College (22-5). Junior Taiylor Nunn (Westport, Conn.) led the epee contingent with a 12-6 mark while classmate Stephanie Li (Greenwood Village, Colo.) paced the foil squad with a 9-6 performance.
  • Women’s Fencing Competes at Brandeis Invitational
    December 02, 2018
    Facing its toughest competition during the first half of the season, the MIT women’s fencing team posted a 1-4 ledger at the Brandeis University Invitational on Sunday. The Engineers topped the University of Incarnate Word (18-9) but fell to St. John’s University (20-7), Cornell University (21-6), University of North Carolina (20-7), and Yale University (17-10). Senior Helen Sakharova (Ridgewood, N.J.) and junior Taiylor Nunn (Westport, Conn.) both went 8-7 for the epee team while sophomore Thérèse Mills (Medford, N.J.) and first-year Anita Dey Barsukova (Richardson, Texas) paced the sabre squad with records of 7-8. Junior Karen Gu (East Hanover, N.J.) turned in the best performance for the foil unit as she recorded a mark of 5-9.
  • Women's Fencing Goes 5-2 in NFC Opener
    November 17, 2018
    Sophomore Thérèse Mills (Medford, N.J.) powered the sabre squad with a 16-2 performance in the Northeast Fencing Conference (NFC) opener for the MIT women’s fencing team on Saturday. Compiling a 5-2 ledger, the Engineers defeated UMass (19-8), University of New Hampshire (24-3), Boston University (23-4), Smith College (24-3), and Sacred Heart University (14-13) but fell to Wellesley College (18-7) and Brandeis University (16-11). Senior Helen Sakharova (Ridgewood, N.J.) led the epee unit with a tally of 16-4 while junior Stephanie Li (Greenwood Village, Colo.) amassed a record for 15-5 for the foil team.
  • Sakharova's Gold Medal Leads Women's Fencing at The Big One Invitational
    October 28, 2018
    For the second year in a row and third time in her career, MIT senior Helen Sakharova (Ridgewood, N.J.) captured the epee Gold medal at the season-opening The Big One Invitational hosted by Smith College on Sunday. The women’s fencing team also saw freshman Anita Dey Barsukova (Richardson, Texas) and sophomore Thérèse Mills (Medford, N.J.) rank eighth and ninth, respectively in the sabre competition. Junior Karen Gu (East Hanover, N.J.) led the foil contingent by tying for 19th place.