SUMMIT, NJ - GL’s girls fencing team won their meet against Kent Place on Tuesday, January 28 with a meet score of 20-7. The team benefited from a slight advantage as Kent Place’s team only had two saber fencers and two foil fencers, automatically forfeiting six bouts to GL.
In the first round of fencing, GL took victories in all of the saber and foil bouts. Despite two very close bouts by junior Ritika Sinha-Chaudhuri and senior Victoria Beke, Kent Place won all of the epee bouts. At the end of the first round, GL was in the lead 6-3.
In the second round, senior Michelle Hom fenced the first saber bout. She scored three touches at first, then Kent Place’s Jong scored four. Hom was able to bring the score up to 4-4 before losing the bout. In the next bout, freshman Riyana Phadke won 5-2. In the first foil bout, sophomore Elena Timmermann won a very close bout against Kent Place’s Seaton 5-4. Sophomore Sam Lugo won the following bout as well.
The epee fencers subbed in underclassmen for the second round. Though they all fenced impressive bouts, only sophomore Rachel Prokap was victorious, bringing the meet score to 12-6.
In the first bout of the third round, Phadke destroyed Jong 5-0. Senior Tamar Novik won the following bout 5-1, clinching the meet for GL. Lugo and freshman Waverly Lorne took victories in the foil bouts with similar ease. In the first epee bout, freshman Pavni “The Pavster” Bhardwha won 5-4. Prokap lost the next one 4-5. In the final bout of the meet, freshman Ivy Ng won 5-3.
After the meet Hom said, “We got to put a lot of subs in and I was so proud of them.”
Beke added, “I’m glad we could give them an opportunity to practice before the Frosh-Soph tournament.”