Fencing shines on collegiate stage

Fencing competed in a scrimmage at Bennington College last weekend. The scrimmage consisted of mixed individual pools with the foil, saber and epee, followed by a round of direct elimination for each weapon. Williams took first place in every weapon. Rookie Aaron Jordan ’15 won first place in both saber and epee. Williams won first, second and third for the mixed foil direct elimination; in the mixed foil, Jackson Kleiser, from Mount Greylock Regional High School who fences for Williams, took first. Michael McPhee ’15 and co-captain Paul de Konkoly Thege ’14 earned second and third, respectively.

Under Coach Bernie Desautels, the team has had high-intesntiy training.

“At the tournament, it was spectacular to watch the team come together and help each other,” co-captain Lilli Morris ’14 said. Morris emphasized that the scrimmage last weekend helped the team “advance in technique and skill.”

De Konkoly Thege stressed the importance of collegiate competition to improve technique. “Bennington was extremely nice and accommodating to us,” de Konkoly Thege said, “and we would love to do this several more times.” The team will seek more opportunities to compete with top-level collegiate teams to enhance its skill set.

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