This fencing season, the girls épée team won the Connecticut state title. The state championship was held on Sat. 14 at Bridgeport Central High School. Both the boys and girls foil teams finished seventh overall.
Fencing is broken down into two parts: épée, where the entire body is a target, and foil, where only the torso is a target. “I personally like foil better, even though there is a smaller target area because I like the challenge,” junior Erica Schend said.
This was the first year the fencing team won the state title.
“I thought it was amazing, even though the épée team and I were so excited to even place in the top three,” sophomore Lexi Dalton said.”I was also elated to realize that we got medals.”
Senior fencer Quinn Duwelius was ECC champion.
However, winning the state title didn’t come as second nature. “Practice was five days a week ranging for about three hours, with lots of conditioning and working to further improve our skills,” Dalton said. “We worked really hard during our Saturday tournaments which are every weekend to get in the top eight.”
“They [the girls] all worked hard and deserve to have won the title,” sophomore Sam Lahti said. The fencing team proved themselves this year, and hopefully, can aim as high next year. “I think that we are looking at a year for the other teams to build up their skills and possibly do really well too,” Lahti said.
Leah Sheltry, Features Editor
Junior Leah Sheltry is Features Editor for the 2014-2015 Colonel. She is Vice President of YUGA club and is on the swim team.