Fencing at NCHSFL Individual Championship
Last weekend saw one of the largest gatherings of high school fencers in NCHSFL’s history to via for individual honors with over 100 fencers qualified for the Championships. The fencers were split into three weapons, Men’s Foil, Women’s Foil and Coed Epee. With highly ranked fencers in Women’s Foil, the final competition was fierce right from the start. Many highly seeded fencers succumbed to the stiff competition in the early rounds. When the dust settled late in the afternoon, Salem found itself well represented in the final standings.
The day’s phenomenon was Carry Liu, who finish 5th in the final round, securing an All State title. Falling to Carry’s blade were several highly experience veterans, several of whom were finishing up their High School fencing careers. This marks the 4th year in a row Salem has placed a fencer in the finals. Following hotly on Carry’s lead was Katie Alexander who made it to the semi-finals, battling her way to 10th place, with senior Sidnee Everhart just missing the cut to the semi’s with a 13th place showing.
Also, making their way to the quarter final round were Paula Gomez (16th) and Catherine Davila (17th). Rounding out the rest of the Salem Fencers were Julia Zhou (21st) and Abbey Linnell (25th). With the team losing only one fencer to graduation, Coach Peting looks for an even stronger showing next year with such a talented pool of fencers. Well done team!