Fencing Has Big Day at Preps

The boys’ and girls’ fencing teams ended their seasons on high notes on Wednesday, February 13, as the Knights enjoyed strong showings at the Prep B Championships at the Hun School.
The girls’ squad had solid performances in the team competitions as women's sabre placed first overall while women's epee took fifth and women's foil finished eighth. This helped the girls’ team claim fourth overall in the championship.
The boys’ team also had strong performances as men's sabre took sixth, men's epee finished seventh, and men’s foil placed eighth.
“I'm very proud of how the women's team pulled together this tournament,” said head coach Joseph Zanko. “Our women's sabre squad took first in a tough field. This will be the first hardware the team will be taking home from Preps since I started coaching at Gill, which gives an idea of how far the team has come in that time.”
The Knights also had great showings in individual competitions as well. The girls’ team had a remarkable three fencers finish in the top three in their respective divisions. Zoe O'Connor ‘21 had the highest finish of the day, claiming second in epee and Brianna Moglianesi ‘19 and Caroline Solondz ‘21 each took third in epee and sabre, respectively.
“Zoe and Brianna ended up facing each other in the semifinals,” said Zanko. “Zoe ended up beating her captain by two points. However, I was very proud of Brianna too because she really set a great example for the younger fencers all season long.”
Rounding out the top girl finishes were Maggie Kistner ‘20 who took seventh in sabre and Edie Brazil ’19, who despite battling an ankle injury, claimed eighth, also in sabre.
The boys’ team had a pair of top-five finishes as Barrett Reep ’19 took fourth in epee while Mark Rusas ‘19 finished fifth in sabre.
Great job to all of our fencers!
Gill St. Bernard’s is a private, coeducational day school for students age three through grade 12, located in suburban New Jersey. Each of the three school divisions provides a rigorous, meaningful, and age-appropriate curriculum, and all students benefit from the environmental learning opportunities that exist on our 208-acre campus.