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Livingston High's First-Ever Individual State Fencing Champion Takes Home Gold

The Alternative Press Staff, with contribution from LPS

Friday, March 7, 2014 • 1:24am

LIVINGSTON, NJ - On March 1, Livingston High School Fencer Edward Chin won the state championship for Open Men’s Saber at the NJSIAA State Individual Championships. Chin took home the gold medal over Columbia’s Andrew Doddo, who got the bronze medal, and Alex Gorloff of Ramapo, who got the silver medal.

Chin is the first individual state fencing champion at Livingston High School. He has also competed internationally with Team USA by fencing in tournaments in Poland, Hungary, Italy and Russia.

He said that plans to attend Princeton University in the fall.

Also in Lancer competition, Gabrielle Tartakovsky and Brianna Valese took fourth in Saber and Épée, respectively, in the women’s individual contests.

Competitive fencing is divided into three weapon categories: foil, a light thrusting weapon that targets the torso, back, neck, and groin but not the arms or legs; sabre a light cutting and thrusting weapon that targets the entire body above the waist, excluding the hands; and épée, a thrusting weapon, like the foil, but it is much heavier and the entire body is a valid target. Competitive fencing is featured in the modern Olympic Games.

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