CHATHAM, NJ - Dorothy Zhang, Annesha Ghosh, Amy Zheng and Sahana Kumar were the four seniors Chatham honored on "Senior Night" at the final home meet of the season last Thursday, a 19-8 win over Kinnelon.
New Chatham team member Zaina Qureshi worked rallied from an 0-3 deficit to win her first varsity foil victory, 5-4. Sophomore sabre Kat Xikes remained undefeated in NJAC competition, improving her record to 18-0 for the Cougars.
Round one score: Chatham 5, Kinnelon 4 (Sabres 1-2, Foils 3-0, Epees 1-2)
Nylah Haq opened the sabre bouts with a close 5-4 win. Kinnelon took the second sabre bout. Senior Sahana Kumar, the girls' team manager, brought her sabre bout up to a tie, which tipped in favor of Kinnelon. Senior Amy Zheng, foil squad captain, won her bout 5-1, followed by Sonia Julius with a 5-0 shutout. Kinnelon was short a foil fencer and forfeited the C-strip bout. Senior Dorothy Zhang, team and epee squad captain, won her first bout of the night 5-1 on a final double touch. Senior Annesha Ghosh fought to a tie which tipped in favor of Kinnelon. The Colts also took the last epee bout of round one.
Round two score: Chatham 6, Kinnelon 3 (Sabres 1-2, Foils 2-1, Epees 3-0)
Moving into round two with Chatham ahead by one, Kat Xikes posted a 5-1 victory. Kinnelon took the next two sabre bouts. Julius added a 5-1 foil win. Kinnelon took the second foil bout and forfeited the C-strip. Ghosh, Amudha Krishnan, and DZ-Zhang swept the round two epee bouts with scores of 5-2, 5-3, and 5-3 respectively.
Running Score: Chatham 11, Kinnelon 7
Round three score: Chatham 8, Kinnelon 1 (Sabres 3-0, Foils 3-0, Epees 2-1) Final Score 19-8
Cynthia Zhang opened round three with a 5-1 victory. Haq tipped a tied bout in her favor and Xikes posted her second sabre win.with a 5-1, clinching the meet for the Cougars. New team member Zaina Qureshi worked hard to bring a 0-3 deficit up to a 4-4 tie. She pulled her team to their feet with a fifth touch and her first varsity foil win. Zheng posted her second win with a 5-2 score. Kinnelon forfeited the final C-strip bout. Anushka Jois won her epee bout 5-2. DZ-Zhang won her third epee bout of the night with a score of 5-1. Dorthy Zhang and Amy Zheng went undefeated for their Senior Night. Kat Xikes remains undefeated in girls' NJAC sabre with a current season record of 18-0.
Girls vs Kinnelon = WIN [NJAC 5-2]
Final Score 19-8 (Sabre 5-4, Foil 8-1, Epee 6-3)
Referee: Ken Lyons.
The Chatham girls will travel for their last two NJAC meets of the season with Morris Catholic and Hackettstown.