Banquet Honors Fencers
Awards Recognize Contributions
NEW HAVEN, Conn.—Several members of Yale men's fencing were recognized for their contributions throughout the 2013-2014 at last Saturday's end of season banquet.
Senior Benjamin Mappin-Kasirer won the Everett M. Wetchler Memorial Award, given to that senior member of either the men's or women's varsity team who "best exemplifies the qualities of competitive spirit, achievement, and dedication to Yale fencing." Mappin-Kasirer also won the Stephen Blum Award for that team member who "through great personal sacrifice, along with a deep sense of enthusiasm and devotion to his fellow fencers, has contributed most to the organization, well-being, and general morale of the Yale fencing team."
Senior Cornelius Saunders, the captain of the team for the last two seasons, won the "Pop Grasson Cup," award to the fencer who has contributed most to the team.
Underclassmen fencers were also recognized for their performances this season. Junior Hugh O'Cinneide was awarded the Coach Harutunian Award for Best Junior. Sophomore Brian Wang was given the Coach Harutunian Award for Best Sophomore.
Freshman Reed Srere was recognized with the Kristaps Keggi Award, which is given to a freshman member of the team who "best exemplifies the qualities of competitive spirit, achievement, and dedication to Yale Fencing."
The banquet also served as a fitting tribute to the outgoing senior members of the fencing team. Along with Mappin-Kasirer and Saunders, Seniors Peter Cohen and Jonathan Desnick are closing the book on their collegiate fencing careers. Cohen leaves behind a strong mark on the team, having qualified for the NCAA National Championships last year and also having won the Stephen Blum Award a year ago.
Report filed by Owen Kaye-Kauderer '16, Yale Sports Publicity