Shin Claims Gold As Women Capture First

Last Sunday, the MIT women’s fencing team finished first out of 13 teams with a 96-22 record at the New England All Division Championship. Robin S. Shin ’12 went on to claim the gold in the individual sabre competition.

The tournament, held at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Mass., was fenced in an ABC strip format, with each team fielding a fencer for each of three positions (“A,” “B,” and “C”) per weapon (foil, épée, and saber). The top fencers from each position then went on to the individual competition in each weapon.

Winning the Vitale Cup for the most victories, the sabre squad, composed of freshmen Shin, Molly A. Kozminsky, and Lauren M. Chilton, captured first place with an impressive record of 38-1. All three fencers qualified for the individual competition, each being ranked first in her position. Shin and Kozminsky went on to take first and third, respectively.

The épée squad, which includes Cordelia S. Link ’10, Jenna G. Caldwell ’11, and Lindley C. Graham ’10, achieved a record of 32-8 in the team competition, propelling them to third place. Link and Caldwell qualified for the individual competition, and Link ultimately finished fourth, while Caldwell finished ninth.

With a strong record of 26-13, the épée squad, consisting of Stephanie H. Shin ’10, Kirsten Hessler ’12, and Sophie M. Monahan ’11, finished fifth. All three fencers were promoted to the individual competition, with Shin placing fifth.