From Columbia High School Fencing:
The Columbia High School Boys and Girls teams came in 2nd place overall in their district championships on January 27, securing spots in the statewide Sweet Sixteen tournament, which will begin the week of February 4.
The State of New Jersey is divided into 5 high school fending districts and each district has approximately 10 schools. The District 5 tournament took place at Montclair High School and is important because the top four high schools in each of the five districts are eligible to compete in the State tournament. Additionally, the top four squads for each weapon and the top four fencers for each weapon are invited to fence in the statewide squad and individual tournaments.
In addition to securing 2nd place overall for the teams, all of the fencing squads scored well enough to be included in the statewide squad tournament during the weekend of February 23 and 24. The Boys Foil squad came in 1st, the Boys Sabre squad took 2nd, and the Boys Epee squad finished 4th. For the Girls’ team, the Sabre squad finished 2nd, the Foil squad came in 3rd, and the Epee squad took 4th place.
The CHS Fencing team also saw much success from some individual fencers who earned an invitation to the State’s individual tournament on March 3. Specifically, the following fencers finished within the top 4 overall for their weapon, automatically qualifying them for the Individual tournament: Jack Woods (Boys Foil, finished 1st), Janine Bacchus-Joseph (Girls Sabre, finished 2nd), Jeremy Giles (Boys Sabre, finished 3rd), Nicholas Goguen-Compagnoni (Boys Foil, finished 4th), and Shaine Hammarberg (Girls Sabre, finished 4th).