The Garden City Girls Fencing team recently went to the bitter end against Valley Stream High School. Led by their dedicated coach, Denise Holz, the team fought hard in a meet that was tied until the last fencer was up. In fencing, the first team to reach a score of 14 wins. Fencer Hope Mauceri subbed for team manager Grace D’Angelo, who kept score while tensely watching her team in a close meet. Senior Foil Captain Tia Petrides won all three bouts, while some losses were close bouts for her teammates.
The tide turned when with the score of 12-13 Valley Stream, Epee Emma van Dyke won her bout 5-3, bringing the score to a tie. The last fencer up, Epee Captain Mary Foxen, won her bout 5-4 locking in the win for Garden City. Foxen, a sophomore, said “Our fencing team has an incredible energy. Everyone pushes themselves harder everyday; rather than worrying about individual records, we work and improve our skill together. And this is what sets us apart from the competition.”