New York Fencing Academy welcomes Stefano Buratti to our coaching team!
First NAC of new decade and some awesome results for NYFA fencers!
Ethan Kushnerik had a great day beating plenty of top fencers to take 3rd place in Division 1 and earned A2020!
Peter Kambeseles also had his best result today and hands down scored the best touch I’ve seen in a while at 14-14 situation to make top 32! Peter lost to Ayman Fayez who eventually took first place!
Great job guys and we are looking for more medals this weekend!
#teamnyfa #gonyfa #januarynac2020 #divisionone
Huge congrats today to our fencers in juniors!
Peter Kambeseles showed his best but far and beyond deserved result – bronze medal at Junior event!
Ethan Kushnerik earned second medal this NAC with top 8 finish!
Skyler Liverant and Anton Chmut both made top 16!
Great job boys and we are very proud of you!!! #teamnyfa #januarynac2020 #fencenyfa #top8 #medalists
Last Cadet World Cup of the season in Bratislava is over and our fencers are coming home with medals!
Ethan Kushnerik took 7th place out of 350 fencers all over the world! Fencing from 8 in the morning till 8 in the evening!
Jackie Khrol made top 32 individualy and 3rd place in teams!
Great effort and fencing! It was nice to see my students fencing competition I used to fence myself 20 years ago:)
#teamusa #fencenyfa #teamnyfa #bratislavaworldcup #internationalfencing
First day of the biggest SYC – Capitol Clash – brings medals to NYFA in all epee events!
Heroes of the day:
Grayson Shchur – Champion in Y8!
Anna Temiryaev – Silver Medal in Y14 – only one touch short of gold!
Ethan Agaon – Bronze Medal in Y14 among 186 fencers!!! And B2020!!!
Daniel Dodin – 5th place in Y8 – unfortunately had to fence Grayson otherwise would surely do even better!
Caralina Khrol – 7th place in Y14!
And of course coaches medal for Yarik!
Congratulations everyone!!! Keep the medals coming! #fencenyfa #teamnyfa #syc #capitolclash2020
Congratulations to our Y10 fighters:
David Dodin – champion!
Evan Vysotskiy – bronze medal!
Luke Kugler – 5th place!
Awesome fencing everybody! #fencenyfa #teamnyfa #nyfa_li #syc #gonyfa #capitolclash2020
And the hero of the day is Dylan Kats with bronze finish in Y12! Congratulations to all our fencers, parents and coaches for a great performance at the hardest and biggest SYC of the year! We earned total of 10 medals!!! #fencenyfa #teamnyfa #syc #capitolclash2020
Congratulations to NYFA fencers who earned medals at ROC and RJCC this weekend:
Nicholas Glaz – 1st place in Juniors!
Peter Kambeseles – 6th place in DIV1a!
Rachel Kowalsky – 7th place in DIV1a!
#teamnyfa #fencenyfa #roc
And another weekend full of events and medals for our club!
Y8- Grayson Shchur 5th place!
Y10- Evan Vysotskiy silver medal 🥈
Y14 – Anna Temiryaev bronze medal 🥉
Isabell Chin – 5th place!
Jason Wu – 5th place!
Cadets – Isabella Chin gold medal 🥇
Rachel Kowalsky – bronze medal 🥉
Another weekend and more good results by our fencers!
Amazing job by @jackie.khrol – top 16 at Junior World Cup in Spain, Burgos! Way to go Jackie!
Long Island Herald
By Ronny Reyes
January 3, 2020
Like most juniors at Oyster Bay High School, Rachel Kowalsky, 17, is hard at work studying for the SATs. But unlike most of her peers, whenever she doesn’t have a pencil in hand, Kowalsky holds a sword, an épée, as she spends nearly everyday training at the New York Fencing Academy in Port Washington.
“She can’t get enough of it,” said Keith Kowalsky, Rachel’s father. “She loves it.”
Rachel first came into contact with the sport when she was in the eighth grade. Because her sister had been a star tennis player, who now competes at Brown University, Rachel’s parents wanted her to find a sport that she could excel at after seeing that Rachel wanted to compete like her sister. Although Rachel played lacrosse and tennis, she described herself as being more interested in her studies and theater. But when a family friend suggested she try fencing, Rachel found herself immediately hooked.
“It was so different from any sport I knew,” Rachel said. “It’s an intellectual game where you’re trying to figure out your opponents moves and study their reactions.”
Head coach Sergey Danilov, co-owner of the NYFA, called fencing “physical chess.” He said the sport encompassed coordination, strategy and flexibility, all of which he found Rachel mastering at a quick pace. Not only does Rachel train with Danilov, but she also heads out to the New York Fencers Club, in Manhattan a couple of nights a week to train with fencers from all over the East Coast. Rachel also competes in various tournaments all over the country, and she participated in her first international competition over the summer at the 2019 European Maccabi Games in Budapest, Hungary.
The EMG is held every four years and acts like a Jewish Olympics, where nations from all over the world send their best Jewish athletes to compete at a variety of sports competitions, including fencing. At the EMG, Rachel represented the U.S. and won two gold medals in the Epee’s single and team competitions. Keith said while Rachel spent most her time in Budapest with her team, he was still glad he went to cheer her on.
“I was so proud when she won and they played the national anthem with her up there,” Keith said. “Rachel worked hard and is willing to put in the hours. It shocks me how fiercely dedicated she is to the sport.”
Danilov agreed that Rachel was truly dedicated to fencing and said that she would continue to grow as an athlete. After competing in a tournament against fencers of her own caliber and coming out on top in October, Rachel was promoted to a B-rating fencer, the second highest rating. Rachel said she’s eager to compete for her A-rating in the near future, but for now, her focus is on the high school fencing season in the winter and her college applications. Like her sister, Rachel hopes to gain admission to an Ivy League university.
Another amazing weekend for all our fencers!
David Dodin won two medals at SYC in Chicago! Gold in Y10 and bronze in Y12! Great job David! No one managed to score more than 4 points against David in any match!
Liza Zigalo also earned two medals despite injury – bronze medal in Y12 and top 8 in Y14!
Shawn Agaon made top 8 in Y14!
Congratulations to all our medalists at NYFA cup on their way to earn the season 🏆 trophy! Remember best 4 results count and we will give amazing big trophy’s for top 3 in each age group at the last NYFA Cup! You can find your points standings at our web-site! https://fencenyfa.com/youth-challenge-points-summary/
And special huge congrats to our alumni and one of my first students Romain Cannone for showing amazing results at the first Grand Prix of the Olympic season in Bern,🇨🇭 Romka made top 16 in individuals and won gold medal in team event!
Great job everyone – keep it up! #teamnyfa #gonyfa #nyfayouthcup #windycitysyc #youngchamps #teamfrance
5 Boroughs High School Individual Champion – Jason Wu! Congratulations!
#teamnyfa #fencenyfa #championhighschool
We had very eventful weekend for our fencers that competed in France and USA!
Big congratulations to Skyler Liverant and team USA for taking gold at the Cadet World Cup in Grenoble, France! Boys were down 20-12 and managed to make a great comeback!
Also congratulations to Jaclyn Khrol and Ethan Kushnerik who made top 32 in individuals!
Meanwhile at Neil Lazar RYC/RJCC we had some wins too:
- Isabella Chin took another gold in Juniors!
- Emily Ostrovsky was just one touch short of taking gold in cadets! And earned C2019!
- Finn Chimoskey took Silver in Y12!
- Liza Zigalo took bronze in Y12 and top 8 in Y14!
- Ian Goldfine made top 8 in cadets!
Congratulations everyone and get back to training for even better results!
#teamnyfa #fencenyfa #cadetworldcup #europeancadetcircuit #ryc #rjcc #goldmedal #teamusa
What a day for Anna Temiryaev! Top 8 in cadets at November NAC – great job – two tough bouts won by 1 touch and gave a fight against Team USA member Jessica Lin for top 4! Congratulations! #teamnyfa #fencenyfa #top8 #novembernac
Congratulations to these two fencers! Mitchell Bekker made top 32 out of 300 fencers today in cadets and Skyler Liverant was 1 touch short of top 8! Good job guys and good luck at Juniors event! #teamnyfa #fencenyfa #teammates #novembernac
First medal of the NAC goes to Jaclyn Khrol! Top 8 in Juniors – just 1 touch short of top 4! Jackie will continue at Cadet event on Sunday! #teamnyfa #fencenyfa #top8 #medalist
Big congratulations to all our fencers competing from Y10 to college meets this weekend!
Temple Invitational over 20 colleges:
- Anton Chmut – 1st place!
- Sam Bekker – top 8!
“The Big One” college meet that included 14 universities:
- Josh Shuster – 1st place!
- Bennett Cohen – 3rd place!
Thrust RYC and ROC:
- David Dodin – 1st place Y10!
- Liora Profis – top 8 y10!
- Liza Zigalo – 2nd place Y12!
- Sasha Rakhovski – 3rd place Y12!
- Evelyn Agaon – top 8 Y12!
- Landon Shchur – top 8 Y12!
- Jason Wu – 3rd place Y14!
- Mia Smotritsky – 3rd place Y14!
- Liza Zigalo – top 8 Y14!
- Mitchell Bekker – top 8 Div 1A!
Good job team NYFA! #fencenyfa #teamnyfa #winners #youngchamps #ncaa #hunterfencing #sacredheartfencing #brandeisfencing