By Allie Gould
At Beaver Country Day School on February 24, the Fencing Team won its first state championship ever. To win the tournament, the team beat Concord Carlisle, the 2012 State Champions, by one bout.
The team, led by Captains Lily Ma ’13, Bunnard Phan ’14, Victor Clarke ’14, and Danielle Gaudet ’14, has comprised of 18 people so there were three fencers for each type of weapon—foil, epée, and saber—per gender.
According to Danielle, the team fared extremely well. “We had an unbelievable amount of successful fencers,” she said.
At the state tournament, JJ Ma ’16 took first place in men’s foil, and Darrith Phan ’15 took first in men’s saber. Violet Michel ’16 and Kaleigh Mentzer ’14 took first and second place in women’s sabre, respectively, while Christine Yao ’14 and Lily placed first and second in women’s foil.
“The weapon squad as a whole, for both women’s saber and women’s foil, won overall for [those] weapon [categories],” Danielle explained.
Head Coach Gregory Berger anticipated that the team would succeed at states. “It is every coach’s dream to have a team eventually win a championship,” he said. “I was expecting that the team was going to do extremely well [in states] because that’s what we all were training for.”
Christine explained why the team’s success did not surprise her. “Last year we took second, and then we got JJ and Violet this year, with pretty much the same people, so I was expecting first.”
As this year’s state champions, the team will have many challenges to face going into next season. “Now we are on the radar of every school because this was our first state championship,” Coach Berger explained. “Everyone will want to beat us now.”