GCHS Fencers compete and medal at Brentwood Tournament


Foil medalists Zach Ortiz (silver), Philip Acinapuro (bronze), Tia Petrides (bronze), and épée bronze medalist Colin McVicar

Foil medalists Zach Ortiz (silver), Philip Acinapuro (bronze), Tia Petrides (bronze), and épée bronze medalist Colin McVicar

The annual Brentwood Holiday Tournament was held on Saturday, December 16, 2017 at Brentwood High School with 357 fencers from schools in Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester competing in Men’s and Women’s Foil, Épée, and Saber. This year, coaches selected the top three fencers in each weapon to compete. The format is one round of pools (5 point bouts), with 100% of the competitors promoted into a direct elimination (DE) table (like March Madness basketball brackets and involving 15 point bouts). Medals are awarded through eighth place.

Saber - Captain Brianne Etienne, Alexandra Michael, and Kayla Quinn

Saber – Captain Brianne Etienne, Alexandra Michael, and Kayla Quinn

For the men, this year’s competitors were: Saber – Quentin Bucknor, Logan O’Grady, and Christos Yannios; Foil – Philip Acinapuro, Zachary Ortiz, and Sebastian Vazquez; Epée – Calum Gribbin, Colin McVicar, and Sean Maas. For the women: Saber – Brianne Etienne, Alexandra Michael, and Kayla Quinn; Foil – Zoe Heath, Rosie Lynch, and Tia Petrides; Epée- Gianna Buckley, Mary Foxen, and Mariyam Shami.

Épée – Calum Gribbin, Captain Colin McVicar, and Sean Maas

In Men’s Foil, GC had a fantastic showing with sophomore Zach Ortiz winning the silver medal by coming in 2nd out of 63 fencers and senior Philip Acinapuro (the reigning 2017 Nassau County Men’s Foil Champion) winning bronze by tying for third. Both Philip and Zach went undefeated in their seven pool bouts, with Philip earning the top seed into DE (and the only bye into the

round of 32) due to a +30 indicator (the difference between touches scored and received). Zach earned a tie for the fourth seed out of pools with a +24 indicator. Philip’s route to the semi-finals had wins of 15-2, 15-10, and 15-7. Zach’s route had wins of 15-5, 15-14, 15-12, and 15-11. When Philip, who is the captain of the Men’s Foil, squad met Zach, the team’s number 2, in the semi-finals, the rest of the Garden City fencers looked on and cheered with each point scored. Coach Oliver observed, leaving these good teammates to their own devices as they tried to best one another. Ultimately, Zach prevailed with a close 15-13 win to earn a spot in the final. That final bout, against Jake Hempe from Newfield High School, turned out to be a nail biter, with the fencers trading points and tying at 14 before Hempe scored the final touch.

Philip Acinapuro and Zach Ortiz hug it out after the semi-final

Philip Acinapuro and Zach Ortiz hug it out after the semi-final

Quentin Bucknor celebrates leveling a bout

Quentin Bucknor celebrates leveling a bout

In Women’s Foil, senior Tia Petrides (two-time and reigning 2017 Nassau County Women’s Foil Champion) went 6-1 in pools and was seeded 8th into DEs. Tia then won 15-2, 15-1, 15-6, 10-7 and lost in the semi-finals 10-15, thus tying for 3rd out of 63 fencers and earning a bronze medal. In

Épée – Mariyam Shami, Captain Mary Foxen, and Gianna Buckley

Men’s Saber, senior Quentin Bucknor had a strong showing by finishing 10th out of 58 fencers. In Women’s Saber, teammates Brianne Etienne and Kayla Quinn also had to face off in DE with Brianne winning a tight 15 to 14 bout as the rest of the team cheered them on. Brianne finished 14th of 57 fencers. In Men’s Épée, senior Colin McVicar earned an 8th place medal and freshman Sean Maas came in 10th out of 57 fencers. In Women’s Épée, sophomores Gianna Buckley and Mary Foxen finished 12th and 19th respectively out of 59 fencers.

 

 

All of these fencers were supported by coaches Kevin Oliver and Denise Holtz, their teammates and many parents. The day-long event provided great experience for all who participated. Congratulations to all our GC fencers on their tremendous efforts and results!

Foil – Sebastian Vazquez, Zach Ortiz, and Captain Philip Acinapuro

Foil – Captain Tia Petrides, Rosie Lynch, and Zoe Heath

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