CHATHAM, NJ - The GL fencing competed against Chatham on Monday, February 24, at Chatham Middle School. Instead of having a normal meet, the teams fenced in a mixed gender relay by weapon. The first two fencers fenced to five touches, then the next two continued with their scores to ten touches, and so on until everyone had fenced. GL lost all three relays: sabre 70-90, foil 68-70, and epee 68-70.
This meet also had a fun twist, it was superhero themed. Members of both teams wore capes and costumes. The coaches especially went all out. Michael Wang, GL’s head coach, made his own Captain America costume out of his fencing jacket and duct tape. Chatham’s coach dressed as Green Arrow and brought a real longbow. Other costumes included Black Widow, a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, the Joker, and a Minion. This is an annual tradition, in the past, GL’s meets with Chatham have been Star Wars themed and Hawaiian themed.
Since this meet was more lighthearted, many of the fencers chose to switch to a weapon that they don’t regularly fence. Freshman Waverly Lorne, who usually fences foil, said, “I switched to epee because it looked fun and you don’t have to worry about right of way.” This gave fencers the opportunity to see how the skills used for one weapon transfer to the others.
After the relays, the teams enjoyed pizza together and watched their coaches, GL’s Wang and Chatham’s Duffey, fence in their own three weapon relay. In their sabre bout, Duffey took the lead 5-4. Wang dominated in the foil and epee bouts barely letting Duffey land any touches. Freshman Sophia Judicke said, “It was cool to watch Coach Mike fence. I was surprised at how good he is at foil and epee because he’s a sabre.” Watching their coach win was a great way to wrap up the season.
Although the team is sad to see the season end, they are excited for next year. They will be having their end of season banquet on Thursday, March 5.