Men’s and Women’s Fencing Receive Inaugural NFC Academic All-Conference Honors

A group photo of the men's and women's fencing teams

Cambridge, Mass. (March 18) – The Northeast Fencing Conference (NFC) recently announced its inaugural Academic All-Conference awards with the MIT men's and women's teams qualifying for the team award while 23 student-athletes received individual recognition as members of the Academic All-Conference Team.

To be eligible for the Academic All-Conference Team, a fencer must have a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) at the conclusion of the fall semester (or the grading period that ends by January in the case of a non-semester grading period), include two consecutive marking periods, and the fencer must be on the roster at least one semester (or marking term) of the current season.

Men's Epee
Sophomore Ashish Kalakuntla (Las Vegas, Nev.)
Senior Aaron Kogan (New Haven, Conn.)
Sophomore Chris Picard (Newtonville, Mass.)
Junior Ritaank Tiwari (Los Gatos, Calif.)

Men's Foil
Junior Robert Law (Los Altos, Calif.)
Senior Josh Talbot (Verona, N.J.)

Men's Sabre
Sophomore Christian de Weck (Natick, Mass.)
Sophomore David Fang (Portland, Ore.)
Junior Aaron Lu (Belmont, Calif.)
Sophomore Josh Sohn (Irvine, Calif.)

Women's Epee
Junior Dina Atia (North Attleboro, Mass.)
Junior Laura Chen (Kirkland, Wash.)
Graduate student Violet Killy (New York, N.Y.)
Graduate student Tesla Wells (Phoenix, Ariz.)
Junior Kate Xu (Chesterbrook, Pa.)

Women's Foil
Senior Allison Couch (Houston, Texas)
Sophomore Amanda Hu (Potomac, Md.)

Women's Sabre
Senior Nisha Devasia (Nashua, N.H.)
Junior Anita Dey Barsukova (Richardson, Texas)
Sophomore Shreya Karpoor (Buffalo Grove, Ill.)
Senior Thérèse Mills (Medford, N.J.)
Sophomore Kristen Palmer (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
Sophomore Miriam Rittenberg (Brookline, Mass.)

For the team award, the average of the entire roster's cumulative GPA must be 3.3 or higher. In addition, every fencer on the roster at any point during the season is included in the team average GPA. MIT was one of four programs to earn the award for both the men's and women's teams.

The NFC, which sponsors competition for varsity and club teams, is comprised of Boston College, Boston University, Brandeis University, Dartmouth University, Drew University, Sacred Heart University, Smith College, Tufts University, UMass Amherst, University of New Hampshire, Vassar College, and Wellesley College.

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