SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- What a year it has been for Jadeyn Williams. Already established as one of the top young fencers in the country, Williams has continued to elevate her game, and is now one of the very best fencers in the world in the Cadet Division (under 17 years of age).
Williams, a 16 year-old junior at Union Catholic, has added to her remarkable resume over the last year by representing the U.S. in several international tournaments as she continues to rise up the national rankings. She will be wearing the red, white, and blue again this weekend when she competes in the Junior World Cup in Bulgaria, and next weekend she’s scheduled to compete at the U.S Junior Olympics in Columbus, Ohio.
For her ongoing success in her sport, Jadeyn Williams is this week's Joint Motion Physical Therapy Athlete of the Week.
Williams heads to Bulgaria coming off a very impressive performance at last month’s NJSIAA Independent Schools Qualifying Round where she won all six of her bouts and outscored her opponents 30-2 to win for the third straight year. That qualified Williams for the state championships on March 1 at Livingston High School where she will be one of the favorites to win. 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.
“It’s something I’d really like to win since I was second last year,’’ Williams said of the state title. "It would be a great championship to win and I feel I have a good chance at it.''
But for now Williams, who lives in Metuchen and fences out of the Advance Fencing & Fitness Academy (AFFA) in Garwood, is focused on the Junior World Cup.
"I'm really excited about this tournament,'' said Williams. "I'll be fencing in the Junior Division (under 19), so there won't be any pressure on me against the older fencers. I'm the underdog, and I'll just do the best I can.''
Williams has gained a lot of experience competing for Team USA internationally over the last year. This past December, Williams was one of only two girls in her age group selected to compete at the Junior World Championships in Sosnowiec, Poland. In the field of 138 fencers in the Sabre Division, she placed a very strong 54th against the more experienced and older fencers. Williams was part of a U.S. squad that placed ninth in the final team standings.
She also captured a bronze medal at the prestigious European Fencing Confederation Cadet Cup in Eislingen, Germany at the Junior World Championships. It was the first European Cup medal for Williams.
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, 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.
Willams said all the traveling and high level competition is part of a process for her.
“This is all preparing me for how it will be for me in college and beyond,’’ said Williams, who has been fencing since she was nine years old. “All the long flights can be tough sometimes, but all the experience I’m getting is helping me become a better fencer.’’
Williams, who has recently started working with a high level trainer, said she has noticed a big difference both mentally and physically in the way she has been fencing lately.
“I am much more mature and confident now,’’ said Williams. “And I’m quicker with my adjustments, which has really helped me.’’
In addition to all her international success, Williams has built a remarkable resume at U.S. meets.
Last summer, she captured the gold medal in the Cadet Women's Sabre at the USA Fencing National Championships in Center in Ohio. That was the second national title for Williams, who won her first national title in the sabre in the 14-and-under division in 2014.
Williams 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.
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