As Big Blue readies itself for the fall season, it hopes to improve upon its record last season, during which the team took third in the Metropolitan Independent Football League.
At the Cadet World Championships in Torun, Poland, which began on April 6 and concluded on April 14, Pingry fencer Jessica Lin '21 finished an impressive 14th in the Women's Epee event. It was the second highest finish for a Big Blue fencer at a World Championship—C. Lee Shelley '74, a 1999 inductee of Pingry's Athletics Hall of Fame, finished sixth at a Junior World Championship in 1974. One of 40 fencers selected to represent Team USA, Lin has seen success on the Cadet European Cup circuit and has competed in six World Cups, but this was her first showing at a World Championship.
"There were 118 fencers in this event, and it was a Cadet event, which means competitors aged 17 years or younger are allowed to participate," explains Jessica. "I was really excited to fence people from all over the world, which included competitors from countries I had not seen at previous World Cups. Overall, I gained a lot of fencing experience from this tournament and learned a lot. I'm very happy that my hard work over the past year has paid off, and I'm very grateful for the support from the Pingry's Fencing Team and coaches, and my club coach, Yakov Danilenko. I had a lot of fun fencing for Team USA, and hopefully, I would like to qualify again next year to attend the 2020 World Championships, which will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah."
Photo: Jessica fencing against an Algerian competitor. From USA Fencing's Facebook page.
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