GSB Boys’ and Girls’ Varsity Fencing anticipates 2022-2023 to be a very big year.
The Knights have been steadily gaining momentum over the last few seasons, and with seven new members on the roster, they are now able to challenge their rivals with a full lineup.
“This is a huge opportunity for us to build skills and teamwork,” Head Coach Stephen Olson said. “In a year or two, we could see athletes succeeding not only on the local level, but on the state level as well.”
Two team members, juniors Whitney Lapper and Jeremiah Ng, have already competed on a larger scale. Whitney spent off-season training and competing regionally with the US Fencing’s New Jersey Division in foil, and Jeremiah earned a spot on the Canadian National Fencing Team for sabre, which places him on the international fencing circuit.
Due to their extensive experience, Coach Olson appointed Whitney and Jeremiah as team captains alongside returning team members Grace Crimi ’23, who fences sabre, and Lauren Rossiter ’23, who fences epee.
“All four captains are great leaders. They are very responsible and responsive,” Coach Olson said. “They have been dedicated members of the team and are always looking to help out underclassmen.”
The captains will be joined by seniors Adam Goldschmidt, Anvika Hedge, and Emma Moussally in providing guidance to freshman newcomers Anastasia Chatikhine, Aaron Davis, Quinn Miller, and Jacob Ross.
“This will be my fourth season with GSB, and this senior class will be the first group I’ve had start to finish,” Coach Olson said. “This will be a very special year for me. They are an excellent group of kids, who are dedicated and willing to put in the time and effort.”
Coach Olson will be joined by Assistant Coaches Isabella Hatzoglu and Ronald Pack, both in their first year at GSB.
Fencing opens the season on Thursday, December 15, 2022, when they take on Somerville High School at home. In addition to regular season meets, GSB will host their second annual Knights Invitational on Saturday, January 14, 2023.