The North Carolina fencing teams started off their regular seasons this weekend with meets at Vassar in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and at Brandeis in Waltham, Mass.
The Tar Heel squads had mixed success both days, but the learning experience the teams gained together from the weekend was a valuable one.
“It’s good for the freshmen and some people with less experience to get out there and realize what to expect from some of these teams and the hard work it’ll take to beat them,” junior Jonathan Blake said.
On Saturday, the men’s team lost to Pennsylvania and Harvard but recorded wins against NYU, Sacred Heart and Vassar.
“We won the meets on Saturday that we should have and lost the ones that I guess were expected,” Blake said. “We really couldn’t complete an upset.”
Having meets on back-to-back days seemed to take its toll.
“Sunday was a little bit worse,” Blake said. “We kind of struggled. Everyone seemed to be a little tired and worn out, but a lot of people still really fought hard.”
The men went 2-3 on Sunday, beating Boston College and Brandeis and losing to Yale, MIT and Brown.
Junior Kacie Albert said the back-to-back meets were difficult, and everyone was a little broken down after Saturday. But she said it’s something the teams train for every day.