The fencing team finished off the season with back-to-back meets against a combined Deerfield/Highland Park team. On Wednesday, the Aces traveled to Highland Park to fence against their junior varsity squad. The meet finished off with the squads tying in victories. The Women’s Saber, Men’s Foil, and Women’s Epee squads posted wins for Ida Crown. Men’s Saber finished 7-8. Ori Bauman had his best meet this season, finishing 2-3. Women’s Foil lost 2-7. Dena Lebowitz scored both victories. Men’s Epee had another close 5-7 loss. Ezra Schur finished 3-1. His only loss was a 4-5 bout. Nathan Fensterheim posted his first victories of the season winning two bouts, 5-1, 5-4.
However, in total victories, ICJA bested DHP thanks to a dominant women’s saber encounter. Assistant coach Sarah Quintas helped guide the saber squad to their most dominant meet. They won a decisive 11-1, with three fencers (Gail Schneiderman, Masha Matten, and Roni Bell) going undefeated. Freshman Abigail Koifman had her best meet ever, finishing 2-1. Assistant coach Rubin helped guide the Women’s Epee squad to a solid 6-4 victory with Tziona Chernoff and Tamar Dallal winning both of their bouts, and Julia Polster and Chani Shapiro finishing 1 – 1. Men’s Foil hung on for an 8-7 victory over DHP. Shimon Stein finished with an impressive 4-1 record, his only loss a heartbreaking 4-5. Yossel Goldbloom had his best finish with a 3-2 record. Jacob Felix brought in a commanding 5-0 victory to earn the squad the win.
The MVP of the meet was Michael Julio Price who finished with an undefeated 5-0 record. The Most Valuable Squad was Women’s Saber.
On Sunday, DHP brought their varsity squad to finish off the season. The Aces Women’s Foil squad got their revenge winning 5-4 with senior Dena Lebowitz finishing the final meet of her ICJA fencing career with 3-0 record. Saber fencer, Masha Matten subbing for injured Chaya Friedman, finished a surprising 2-1. Sophomore Rebecca Quintas fenced her best meets yet against DHP in both encounters.
Women’s Saber once again showed they were ICJA’s strongest squad, bringing in the second squad victory with a 5-4 win over the varsity team. Masha Matten and Gail Schneiderman both finished 2-1 and epee fencer Tamar Dallal, subbing in for an injured Abigail Koifman, brought in the surprising final victory. Women’s Epee finished 3-9, with Julia Polster posting a 2-1 record, and Tamar Dallal earning the final win.
Men’s Foil suffered their biggest defeat, losing 11-1. Yossel Goldbloom provided the only win. Men’s Epee, with Saber Fencer Michael Julio Price subbing for Junior Ezra Schur, was shut out by the senior DHP squad. Price, however, dominated in Men’s Saber, finishing the final meet of his ICJA fencing career with a 4-1 record. His only loss was a tight 4-5 bout. Ori Bauman brought in an additional victory to bring the score to a 5-10 defeat.
Coach Sara Price is feeling incredibly proud of the fencing team. They fenced their best season yet. The team and coaches wish a hatzlacha rabba to seniors Chaya Feige Friedman, Dena Lebowitz, Michael Julio Price, Chani Shapiro, and Shimon Stein.