COLUMBUS, OHIO - The Chatham High School fencing program now leads the nation in All-American fencers.
Eight members of the Chatham High fencing team earned All-America recognition - Darren Yen, Marshall Hong, Kailing Sathyanath and Samantha Serban - were named first-team All-American on July 1 at the USA Summer Nationals held in the Greater Columbus Convention Center.
Second-team All-Americans from Chatham are Jacob Mahon and Preston Yen. Boosting the Chatham total to eight were Honorable Mention All-Americans Henry Epstein and Sonia Julius.
Chatham, coached by Jerry Duffey, produced more All-Americans at the 2019 Summer Nationals than any other school. Orlando Science High of Florida was second to Chatham with seven All-Americans.
USA Fencing awards national rankings for participants in sanctioned USA Fencing tournaments held during July and August.
"The national rating system for fencers makes each next higher rating exponentially more difficult than the one before," Duffey said. "In 2017 the first year of the All American Team program, only Darren Yen qualified. In 2018, Darren (Yen), Marshall (Hong), Kailing (Sathyanath), and Preston (Yen) were recognized."
The 2019 Chatham High School All-American First Team recipients are:
Senior, Darren Yen, Men's Saber, "B" rated;
Sophomore, Marshall Hong, Men's Saber, "B" rated;
Sophomore, Kailing Sathyanath, Women's Saber, "B" rated;
Freshman, Samantha Serban, Women's Foil, "B" rated;
During the Summer Nationals, Serban finished in 8th place out of 220 in Cadet Women's Foil and earned her "A" rating. Serban is the first to reach the A level as a current Chatham High School student and team member.
Chatham All-American Second Team recipients:
Junior, Jacob Mahon, Men's Foil, "D" rated;
Sophomore, Preston Yen, Men's Saber, "D" rated;
Chatham All-American Honorable Mention Team recipients:
Sophomore, Henry Epstein, Men's Saber, "E" rated;
Sophomore, Sonia Julius, Women's Foil, "E" rated;
USA Fencing.org criteria for selection
Must be a current USA Fencing Competitive, Life or High School Club Member.
Must be in 9-12th grade at a secondary school or in a homeschool program. No post-graduate fencers will be considered.
Must have earned or renewed an E rating or higher in the current fencing season (after August 1, 2018) Must be in good academic standing at their school.
Must have displayed exceptional character as an athlete, a student and a community member.
All American Teams
1st Team USA Fencing All-American- Must have earned or renewed an “A” or “B” during the current competitive season and satisfied other requirements listed above.
2nd Team USA Fencing All-American- Must have earned or renewed a “C” or “D” during the current competitive season and satisfied other requirements listed above.
Honorable Mention Team USA Fencing All-American- Must have earned or renewed an “E” during the current competitive season and satisfied other requirements listed above.