2019-20 MIT Women's Fencing News

  • Kristen Palmer Selected to Compete at NCAA Fencing Championship
    March 10, 2020
    First-year Kristen Palmer (Brooklyn, N.Y.) will represent the MIT women’s fencing team at the NCAA National Collegiate Championship to be held March 19-20 in Detroit, Michigan. One of three Division III sabre competitors in a field of 24 participants, she will be making the Engineers' ninth national appearance in this weapon and first since Cordelia Avery ’17 in 2014. In addition, Palmer and the two sabre student-athletes from Brandeis University are the only Division III qualifiers in the entire women’s portion of the championship.
  • Palmer Leads Women's Fencing With Ninth-Place Finish at NCAA Northeast Regional Championship
    March 08, 2020
    MIT first-year Kristen Palmer (Brooklyn, N.Y.) captured ninth place in sabre at the NCAA Fencing Northeast Regional Championship on Sunday at Cornell University. Her performance resulted in her securing a spot in the NCAA Championship to be held March 19-20 in Detroit, Michigan. Senior Tesla Wells (Phoenix, Ariz.) ranked 15th in epee while classmate Karen Gu (East Hanover, N.J.) finished a team-best 26th among the foil competitors.
  • Women's Fencing Finishes Second at NEIFC Championship
    February 22, 2020
    The MIT women's fencing team was the runner up at the New England Intercollegiate Fencing Conference Championship held on Saturday at Vassar College. The sabre squad claimed first place as first-year Kristen Palmer (Brooklyn, N.Y.) was crowned the individual champion. Powered by first-year Elaine Wen's (Atlanta, Ga.) second-place performance, the epee unit finished fifth overall. Senior Stephanie Li (Greenwood Village, Colo.) claimed fifth place in foil, helping the Engineers rank third in the team standings.
  • Women's Fencing Wraps Up Regular Season at the Beanpot
    February 12, 2020
    In its final competition of the regular season, the MIT women's fencing fell to host Boston College (16-11), nationally-ranked No. 7 Harvard University (22-5), and Brandeis University (15-12) at the Beanpot on Wednesday. First-year Kristen Palmer (Brooklyn, N.Y.) led the sabre squad with a 5-3 record while classmate Elaine Wen (Atlanta, Ga.) turned in a 4-5 performance for the epee unit. Senior Karen Gu (East Hanover, N.J.) and first-year Amanda Hu (Potomac, Md.) both produced 3-5 marks for the foil contingent.
  • Women's Fencing Battles at Duke Invitational
    February 09, 2020
    Facing its toughest competition of the season, the MIT women's fencing team squared off against a trio of nationally-ranked squads at the Duke University Invitational on Sunday. The Engineers fell to No. 6 Penn State (20-7), University of North Carolina (17-10), No. 3 Notre Dame (23-4), No. 5 Temple University (23-4), and Duke (20-7). First-year Kristen Palmer (Brooklyn, N.Y.) amassed a 12-3 record for the sabre squad while senior Tesla Wells (Phoenix, Ariz.) generated a 9-6 epee tally. Senior Stephanie Li (Greenwood Village, Colo.) was the top performer in foil with a 3-10 mark.
  • Women's Fencing Goes 3-3 at Sollee Invitational
    February 01, 2020
    The MIT women's fencing team generated a 3-3 ledger at the Eric Sollee Invitational hosted by Brandeis University on Saturday. The Engineers defeated Hunter College (25-2), Haverford College (19-8), and Stevens Institute of Technology (17-10) but fell to nationally-ranked No. 8 University of Pennsylvania (17-10), New Jersey Institute of Technology (15-12), and NYU (15-12). First-year Kristen Palmer (Brooklyn, N.Y.) amassed a 16-0 record for the sabre team while senior Stephanie Li (Greenwood Village, Colo.) paced the foil unit with a 12-6 mark. Senior Tesla Wells (Phoenix, Ariz.) led the way for the epee contingent with a 10-4 performance.
  • Women's Fencing Picks Up Three Wins at NFC #2
    January 25, 2020
    In its first competition of the new year, the MIT women's fencing team went 2-3 in Northeast Fencing Conference action while also defeating guest Drew University on Saturday at Boston College. The Engineers picked up wins over Vassar College (18-9), Drew (16-11), and Dartmouth College (23-4) but fell to Brown University (19-8), Tufts University (14-13), and BC (18-9). First-year Kristen Palmer (Brooklyn, N.Y.) won all 15 of her sabre bouts while senior Tesla Wells (Phoenix, Ariz.) amassed a 15-2 epee record. Senior Stephanie Li (Greenwood Village, Colo.) paced the foil unit with an 11-7 performance.
  • Women's Fencing Defeats Incarnate Word at Brandeis Invitational
    December 01, 2019
    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 (18-9), Cornell University (22-5), Harvard University (18-9), and Yale University (20-7). First-year Kristen Palmer (Brooklyn, N.Y.) powered the sabre squad with an 12-3 record while senior Taiylor Nunn (Westport, Conn.) led the epee unit with a 7-8 ledger. Senior Stephanie Li (Greenwood Village, Colo.) turned in a team-best 4-10 foil performance.
  • Women's Fencing Posts 6-1 Record at NFC Opener
    November 17, 2019
    In her Northeast Fencing Conference debut, first-year Kristen Palmer (Brooklyn, N.Y.) won 16 of her 17 sabre bouts for the MIT women’s fencing team on Sunday at Brown University. Generating a 6-1 record, the Engineers defeated UMass Amherst (23-4), University of New Hampshire (24-3), Boston University (20-7), Wellesley College (14-13), Smith College (24-3), and Sacred Heart University (19-8) but fell to Brandeis University (16-11). Senior Taiylor Nunn (Westport, Conn.) powered the epee unit with a 16-3 ledger while classmate Stephanie Li (Greenwood Village, Colo.) amassed a foil record of 19-2.
  • Women's Fencing Posts Seven Top-10 Finishes at The Big One Invitational
    November 02, 2019
    The MIT women’s fencing team opened the 2019-20 season by generating seven top-10 finishes at The Big One Invitational hosted by Smith College on Saturday. Senior Tesla Wells (Phoenix, Ariz.) led the epee unit with a career-best tie for third place while first-year Amanda Hu (Potomac, Md.) tied for third place in the foil standings. Fellow first-year Kristen Palmer (Brooklyn, N.Y.) powered the sabre squad by tying for fifth place.