SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Union Catholic fencing star Jadeyn Williams turned in another sparkling performance when she made her debut in the Junior World Championships this past weekend in Sosnowiec, Poland.
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. Williams was part of a U.S. squad that placed ninth in the final team standings.
Williams, a junior, has been on fire this year.
A week before the Junior Worlds, she captured a bronze medal at the prestigious European Fencing Confederation Cadet Cup in Eislingen, German. 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.
Last month, 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. 7 in the nation in her age group 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.
In July, 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.