ANNANDALE, NJ -- Union Catholic fencing star and Metuchen resident Jadeyn Williams dominated the competition on the way to winning the Sabre competition for the third straight year at the NJSIAA Independent Schools Qualifying Round on Saturday at North Hunterdon High School to advance to the NJSIAA Individual Fencing Championships.
Williams, a junior, who is one of the top ranked fencers in her age-group in the U.S, won all six of her bouts and outscored her opponents 30-2 to secure a spot in the state championships on March 1 at Livingston High School.
Last year, Williams placed second in the girls Sabre competition at the NJSIAA Individual Fencing Championships, and she was sixth as a freshman in 2018 she was sixth.
"I'm very happy with the way I fenced today,'' said Williams. "I felt very comfortable and confident out there, and I fenced very aggressively.''
Williams said after placing second at the state championships last year, she's very motivated to finish on top this year.
"I always want to improve, so after finishing second last year, my goal is to wn this time.''
Williams, who will be competing at the Junior World Cup In Bulgaria on Feb. 7-8, and at the U.S Junior Olympics in Columbus, Ohio from Feb. 14-17, has racked up several impressive performances this season.
Last month, the 16-year-old Williams, one of only two girls in her age group selected to compete in the field of 138 fencers in the Sabre Division, placed a very strong 54th against the more experienced and older fencers at the Junior World Championships this past weekend in Sosnowiec, Poland
Williams was part of a United States squad that placed ninth in the final team standings.
A week before the Junior World, she captured a bronze medal at the prestigious European Fencing Confederation Cadet Cup in Eislingen, Germany. It was the first European Cup medal for Williams, who is now gearing up for the North American Cup, which will be held Jan. 3-6 in Charlotte, N.C.
In November, Williams won the gold medal at the North American Cup in the Cadet Division as she captured the third national title in her remarkable career.
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. 17 in the nation in the Junior Division and No. 6 in the Cadet Division (Under 17) 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.
Last summer, , Williams 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, who won won her first 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.