PASADENA, Calif. (Jan. 15, 2017) – Senior Christina Meyer (Briarcliff Manor, N.Y. / Hackley School) took a big step toward qualifying for her fourth NCAA West Regional with an impressive showing in Caltech women's fencing's first NCAA competition of the season at the West Invite on Sunday.
Meyer won well over half her bouts, all but assuring her qualification as she led the épée squad to a pair of weapon victories over Division I opponents. Senior Stephanie Moon (Lilburn, Ga. / Gwinnett School of Math, Science and Tech.) and freshmen Dessie Dimino and Mei-Ling Laures (Chicago, Ill. / British Int'l School of Chicago) picked up their fair share of individual victories as well, putting them in position to join Meyer with a good showing at the Northwestern Duals in February.
Unable to field a saber team and consequently starting every matchup down 0-9, Caltech suffered identical 3-24 defeats to Northwestern University and UC San Diego in the opening two matchups before taking six bouts against DI Air Force Academy, including épée winning four of its final five bouts after falling behind 1-3 to edge out the Falcons, 5-4, thanks to a sweep from Dimino.
Following a 2-25 rout at the hands of Stanford University, the Beavers bookended a 3-24 defeat to Brandeis University with a pair of 7-20 performances against DI University of the Incarnate Word and the University of Florida. Foil led the way against UIW as Moon and Laures, who fenced in her first career meet since walking on from the volleyball team, won twice each in a 4-5 weapon defeat, while épée notched a 5-4 victory against the Gators behind a sweep by Meyer and double by Dimino, with each winning their final bouts to flip a 3-4 deficit for the win.
Head Coach Carla Corbit and the Beavers next take part in the highly regarded Northwestern Duals on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 4-5 in Evanston, Ill.