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Big Blue Beat: Boys' and Girls' Varsity Fencing Team

By Hannah Gruber


Head Coaches: Ted Li and Davidson Barr

Last season's highlights:
Last season, the boys' saber team placed second in the biggest high school fencing tournament in the country, the Cetrulo Tournament. Saber fencer and co-captain Malcolm Fields '18, now fencing for Notre Dame, placed first in the state tournament, leading his squad to a first-place finish. He also won the Somerset County Championships, and guided his squad to victory there as well. Foil fencer Apurva Memani '18 placed second in the state tournament and led his squad to a third-place finish overall. He also won his event at the county championships. At the District 3 Tournament, Big Blue took third overall.

On the girls' side, led by captains Aubrey Malloy '18, who is now fencing for the University of North Carolina, and Jessica Li '18, the team claimed the District 3 Tournament title, with Jessica Lin '21 earning first in épée and guiding her squad to a first-place finish. At the state tournament, the épée squad took first and the foil squad took second.

What to watch for this season:
• This year, captains Michael Sun '19 and Chris Yu '19, for the boys' team, and Georgia Liu '19 and Jamie Wang '20, for the girls' team, will lead a thoughtful and dedicated groups of student athletes.

• According to Co-Head Coach Davidson Barr, the goal for this season is to create a great team environment, grow as competitors, and fight hard in the biggest moments, the big tournaments.

• The focus is on the District Tournament as a path to the State Championships for individuals, squads, and the teams overall. The girls' épée and boys' saber teams will be among the best teams in the state.

• In addition to building skills in resilience, determination, and focus, the teams will work to  improve distance control, footwork, and timing.

• The boys' roster this year is 12 strong; the girls' roster is 13, including eight talented freshmen joining their ranks.

Full-court press:
"Practices are more intense and more exciting than they've been in the past few years. Fencers new and old are working really hard, and we're looking forward to seeing how this great group of boys and girls comes together in meets and tournaments."—Assistant Coach Ed Lisovicz