Boys and Girls Competes at Fencing States

On Wednesday, the Boys and Girls Varsity Fencing teams traveled to The Hun School of Princeton to participate in the New Jersey Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJISAA) Fencing State Championships. Coming off a meet on Monday, fatigue was posed an issue, but both teams showed grit and performed throughout the day.

On Wednesday, the Boys and Girls Varsity Fencing teams traveled to The Hun School of Princeton to participate in the New Jersey Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJISAA) Fencing State Championships. Coming off a meet on Monday, fatigue was posed an issue, but both teams showed grit and performed throughout the day.

With nine schools gathered at the tightly packed gym at Hun, excitement grew as the best fencers from the state faced off to crown a winner at the end of the day. On the boys’ side, the team closed out the season with an overall second place finish. In the three categories, Big Red’s Foil team grabbed gold behind an individual first-place finish from David Prilutzky ’21. Epee finished second, with Jasper Zhu’s ’21 taking the individual second place. Sabre came in third, as Jamie Ren ’19 also managed to bag a gold medal.

In terms of Lawrenceville’s individual performances, Prilutzky shined bright, finishing an undefeated season with yet another sensational display. Before taking home the win, he would have to get through teammate Max Wong ’20 in the semifinals, and that was no easy match. Wong took an early lead, but still recovering from a sore shoulder, fatigue got the better of him, and Prilutzky stuck to his game to proceed to next round. Looking back at the long season, Prilutzky remarked, “The season was really fun overall [...] As a team, we improved throughout the season.”

On the girls’ side, both the Foil and Epee teams finished in first place, propelling the girls team to a state title in an undefeated season. Individually, Karina Leung ’19 took home a gold medal with another complete performance in the Epee class. For the Foils, Katelyn Ge ’21 managed a third place finish, helping Big Red clinch the group victory. Looking back at the state tournament, Ge said, “A lot of skilled fencers from last year were still here, which made a big difference in how we did in each meet.” Looking forward to next season, Ge thinks the team has a strong group of II Formers who should make next year fun to watch.

Assistant Coach Julie Mellor praised the consistency of the girls team throughout the season. She said, “While the boys had a few tough meets, they bounced back, and the most important thing is that they finished the season on a strong note.”

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