The Culver Academies fencing team will be heading to the North American Cup in Salt Lake City on March 11-14, hoping to build on impressive finishes at the Great Lakes High School Conference meet and the Illinois High School Fencing Championship.
Ten fencers are making the trip for the Division 2 competition. Last year, the team went to the Division 3 Cup, coach Matt Cameron said, so this is a “big step up” for the group. Also, more international fencers will be participating since it is an Olympic year, he explained. Three members of the team will also attend the Division 3 Cup in April, he added.
Beatrice Verrecchia and Rebecca Sun will be competing in the women’s foil; Charlie Chen, Troy Shen, and Jack Rice in the men’s foil; Cassidy Trammell in the women’s epee; Dane Van De Velde in the men’s epee; Jaime Mendoza in the men’s saber; and Ana Ryskin and Kat Hone in the women’s saber. Rice and Hone will also be competing the Y14 class in their respective weapons.
The Culver men’s foil team finished the Great Lakes conference season with a perfect 14-0 as it led the overall men’s team to a second place finish in the conference championship in February. The CMA fencers also captured the Illinois High School Fencing Championship overall title and Daniel Hergan took first place in the men’s foil.
The women’s side saw all four members of the foil team place in the top 15 at the conference championship, with Verrechia claiming the individual title and Sun in the runner-up slot. Hannah Boland finished sixth and Yu Jin Lee finished 15th.
Along with claiming the mens’ foil title at the conference championship, CMA finished second in the epee and fifth in the saber. CGA finished second in the foil competition and third in the epee and saber. That resulted in a third place finish overall. The lowest any Culver fencer placed was 25th, with 10 of the 23 student-athletes placing in the top 10.
Similar results came from the Illinois state championship, with 10 people in the top 10 of their respective divisions.