CHATHAM, NJ - The Chatham girls opened the fencing season with a win against new program Kinnelon last Friday at the Chatham Middle School.

A brand new varsity team, Kinnelon has only one female saber fencer, Lauren Lee. Rather than take six forfeits, the Chatham girls offered Lee all nine sabre bouts, which she accepted with the referee's permission. The two Kinnelon foil girls chose to forfeit their C-strip position.

Round one score: Chatham 9, Kinnelon 0 (Sabres 3-0, Foils 3-0, Epees 3-0)

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Tournament veteran Freshman Sabre Kailing Sathyanath kicked off her high school varsity fencing with a 5-1 win. Freshman walk-on Epee Elysa Jordan put her new skills to the test and also came up with a 5-1 finish. 

Round two score: Chatham 5, Kinnelon 4 (Sabres 2-1, Foils 3-0, Epees 0-3) Meet subtotal: 14-4

Kinnelon's sabre Lauren Lee earned her first varsity bout win, and the first ever by a KHS girl, by edging out Chatham's Marie Field in a close 4-5 finish. A forfeit win gave Chatham foil Amy Zheng the team clinch at 14-1.

With victory secure, new epee coach Lauren Fuchs pushed all of her new epee girls onto the strip for some  real competition experience. Jordan, and Sophomores Dorothy Zhang and Grace Hofheinz all worked hard, but the Kinnelon epees each got their first varsity wins.

Round three score: Chatham 7, Kinnelon 2 (Sabres 2-1, Foils 3-0, Epees 2-1) Final Score 21-6

Freshman sabre walk-on Isabella Gianusso scored her first varsity touch, but was beat back by Lee's second win for the night. Foils Tam, Zheng, and Pompeo allowed only one single touch against them for the night with the two Kinnelon foils, with a squad sweep of 9-0 and a total score of 30-1.

Returning Sophomore Epee Annesha Ghosh finished the meet by landing 5 touches in 11 seconds, completing the Chatham girls' victory of 21-6. Five girls had their first varsity high school bouts, including two wins. Nine of the Chatham girls went undefeated for the night.

Girls vs Kinnelon = WIN [NJAC 1-0]

Final Score  21-6 (Sabre 7-2, Foil 9-0, Epee 5-4)

Referee: T.Mike M.