Women’s Fencing Team Conquers at Home Invitational Meet

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On Sunday, February 11, the women’s fencing team were ready to fight their opponents at the Fitz Gymnasium. The QC team faced off against Long Island University Post, City College of New York, and Yeshiva University.

The team had been working hard at practice for this meet and it paid off on Sunday, with the team finishing 3-0. Although, the opponents put up a great fight, the Knights gave it all they had to capture the victory. The team’s next meet is scheduled for Sunday, February 25 in New Jersey.

Foil fencer Sabrina Decopain had a perfect game at the home meet, scoring 9-0 wins for the Knights. When asked about how she felt about her performance, Decopain responded, “I was more than happy with how I fenced at the home meet. I felt that all the skills that I’ve been trying to improve during practice, like point control, footwork and strategy, came together during each bout. Leaving the meet with a perfect record was just the icing on the cake for me.” Although there are still two more meets before the regionals, Decopain hopes “to bring the same energy for the regionals.”

Regardless of the score, the afternoon was full of excitement as families and friends came to show support. The support truly affirms the belief in the Knights and shows their hard work is noticed. Many fencers get nervous during meets but this was not the case on Sunday. Everyone was confident and excited to show their moves. Having this positive outlook didn’t hurt the team’s chances but rather helped them to stay focused.

Coach Greg Rupp and Assistant Coach Angela Acevedo both worked extremely hard to train the fencers over the past few weeks. The results showed their commitment is paying off as the fencers fight incredibly hard to win the matches. As regionals are not far off, it is important to stay motivated and to work even harder. The few meets before regionals gives a great chance to improve on some skills and use what they learn in practice. Regionals will be held on Sunday, March 11. With less than one month to go, it is crucial for the fencers to work twice as hard.

The women’s fencing team will have two more meets before Regionals. The first is at Fairleigh Dickinson University on February 25. The second is at West Point on March 3. Show support to the fencing team and cheer them on as they try to achieve their goals. Go Knights!

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