Indianapolis, Ind. (March 10) – 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.
A first-time qualifier, Palmer ranked ninth at Sunday's NCAA Northeast Regional Championship. After receiving a first-round bye, she won four of her six bouts in the second round, registered a 4-2 mark in the next rotation, and then posted a 4-7 mark in the final group.
Last month, Palmer was named the Northeast Fencing Conference (NFC) Women's Rookie of the Year, Women's Fencer of the Year, and a Sabre First-Team All-Star. She captured first place at the New England Intercollegiate Fencing Conference Championship and has compiled a 76-10 record.