SCOTCH PLAINS, N.J. -- Jadeyn Williams, Union Catholic's fencing phenom, captured the gold medal in the Cadet Women's Sabre at the USA Fencing National Championships this past Wednesday at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Ohio.
In a field of 165 fencers, Williams didn't lose a bout in the Cadet Division, which is for fencers 17 and under.
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Williams, who lives in Metuchen and fences out of the Advance Fencing & Fitness Academy (AFFA) in Garwood, also placed 14th in Monday's sabre and helped 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 in the sabre at the 2004 Olympics in Athens and captured the silver medal in the sabre at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
This was the second national title already for Williams, who turned 16 on June 28. She also won the national title in the sabre in the 14-and-under division in 2014.
"Being a national champion means that all of my hard work and dedication is paying off,'' said Williams.. "This is my second national championship that I have won, and it just feels like a reward for all the hard work I have put in this whole season.''
Williams, who finished second in the sabre at the NJSIAA Individual Fencing Championships in March, said her mind was her greatest attribute during the competition.
"I would describe my fencing as determined,'' said Williams. "The aspect that was working best for me was my brain. I was able to out smart most of my opponents. I felt confident, not surprised.''
Williams will be back in action when she represents Team U.S.A. at the Cadet World Cup Championships in Hungary in October.
"My goals for the rest of the season are to train harder than I have before and work on different moves,'' said Williams.