SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Jadeyn Williams, Union Catholic's fencing phenom, captured a bronze medal at the prestigious European Fencing Confederation Cadet Cup on Saturday in Eislingen, Germany.
It's the first European Cup medal for Williams, who will be competing at the World Junior Fencing Championships next weekend in Sosnowiec, Poland.
The bronze medal by Williams at the European Fencing Confederation Cadet Cup adds to her very impressive list of accomplishments this season.
In October, Williams helped lead Team USA to the gold medal in the Women's Sabre Cadet Division at the World Cup Championships in Godollo, Hungary.
Williams, a junior who is ranked No. 7 in the nation in her age group in the sabre, scored 16 points as the anchor in the championship match to spark Team USA to a 45-36 victory over Hungary to clinch the gold medal.
That wasn't the first time Williams found herself on the podium this year.
In July, the 16-year-old captured the gold medal in the Cadet Women's Sabre at the USA Fencing National Championships in Center in Ohio. In the field of 165 fencers, Williams didn't lose a bout in the Cadet Division, which is for fencers 17 and younger. That was the second national title for Williams. She also won the national title in the sabre in the 14-and-under division in 2014.
Williams, who lives in Metuchen and fences out of the Advance Fencing & Fitness Academy (AFFA) in Garwood, also placed 14th in the sabre competition at the USA National Championships to help her team win the silver medal in the Division 1 team competition, which is for fencers of all ages. The gold medal in the Division 1 sabre competition was won by Sada Jacobson Baby, who won the bronze medal in the sabre at the 2004 Olympics in Athens and captured the silver medal in the sabre at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.