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Taking a Stab at the Big Leagues Armed with an Epee


Long Island Herald
By Ronny Reyes
January 3, 2020

https://www.liherald.com/stories/taking-a-stab-at-the-big-leagues-armed-with-a-pe,121345

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.

Rachel Kowalsky NYFA LI
Oyster Bay High School fencer Rachel Kowalsky took home two gold medals at the 2019 European Maccabi Games. pc: Keith Kowalsky

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.

RESULTS

Dec & Jan NACs, Premier RYC, Cobra ROC


Congratulations to NYFA students who earned the following top 32 national and top 8 regional results!

January North American Cup in Charlotte, NC:

  • Douglas Tableman – Silver & A2019 in Div I Classification
  • Jaclyn Khrol – Bronze in Juniors & A2019, 25th in Div I
  • Emily Gao – 7th in Juniors & A2019
  • Sean Wilson – 7th & A2019 in Juniors
  • Alan Temiryaev – 18th in Juniors
  • Nathan Vaysberg – 27th in Div I
  • Jordan Liverant – 32nd in Juniors

December North American Cup in Cincinnati, OH:

  • Kevin Feng – 9th in Div II
  • Jaclyn Khrol – 31st in Div I

Cobra Challenge Regional Open Circuit:

  • Daniel Zaretsky – 6th and D2018 in Div II

Premier Winter Regional Youth & Cadet Circuit:

  • Finn Chimoskey – Gold in Y10
  • Konstantin Vaysbukh – Silver in Y14
  • Mitchell Pozovskiy – Bronze in Cadets, 6th in Y14
  • Max Burovsky – Bronze in Y12
  • Jessica Xu – 8th in Y14
  • Mia Smotritsky – 8th in Y12

Other top 8 local results:  LI

Go NYFA!

 

 

RESULTS

NEW SEASON: SYC GOLDS, BRONZE, RJCC SILVER + MORE


Congratulations to our students for a great start to the season!

Boston Super Youth Circuit (SYC):

  • Mark Dolgonos – Gold in Y14
  • Jaclyn Khrol – Gold in Y14
  • Caralina Khrol – Gold in Y12, Bronze in Y14 & D2017
  • Nadia Gaberkorn – 5th in Y14

LFA Albert Chikayev Memorial Div 1A / Div 2 Regional Open Circuit (ROC):

  • Jack Kambeseles – 5th in Div 2

Garden State Regional Junior & Cadet Circuit (RJCC) – Region 3:

  • Michael Mogilevich – Silver in Cadet
  • Peter Kambeseles – 6th & C2017 in Junior
  • Anna Lanzman – 6th in Junior

Go NYFA!

 

 

RESULTS

OCTOBER NAC CADET BRONZE, DIV2 7TH + MORE TOP RESULTS


Congratulations to our 2 medalists and Top 32 finishers at the October NAC!

  • Alan Temiryaev – Bronze in Cadets
  • Joshua Shuster – 7th in Div II
  • Anna Lanzman – 15th in Cadets
  • Nathan Vaysberg – 16th in Cadets
  • Bennett Cohen – 17th in Cadets
  • Mark Dolgonos – 26th in Div II
  • Melanie Dolgonos – 26th in Div II
  • Anton Chmut – 27th in Cadets

Congratulations also to our fencers who earned these recent Top 8 results.

Go NYFA!

NY Fencing Academy - NYFA - Alan Temiryaev Bronze Cadets Oct NAC Coach Mokretsov
Alan Temiryaev – Bronze in Cadets at October NAC
NY Fencing Academy - NYFA -Joshua Shuster Div2 7th Oct NAC Coach Mokretsov
Joshua Shuster – 7th in Div 2 at October NAC

 

RESULTS

8 MEDALS, 2 CHAMPIONS AT SUMMER NATIONALS


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Dear NYFA Fencers and Parents,

The 2016 Summer Nationals in Dallas, Texas, was our most successful Nationals yet! We beat many of our records and achieved new heights, and we earned the most epee medals of all clubs in New York: eight medals and one coaches medal!  If Y10 wasn’t cancelled, NAC gold medalists Anna Temiryaev, Caralina Khrol, and Ian Goldfine would likely have added three more golds. They deserve kudos for working hard and coming to Dallas ready to win.

Alan Temiryaev wins the Cadet July Challenge at Nationals

Nationals was a huge success for Alan Temiryaev. Even though he’s in Y14, Alan made top 16 in Division 1, beating some of the top Juniors and Seniors. But that was just a start for Alan who took the Champion title in Cadets, showing really strong will and composure. In the bout for top 8, Alan was losing 9-2 but managed to turn it around, and from then on, Alan was unstoppable. He also claimed Silver in Y14 and finished the season just a couple of points short of 1st ranked in Y14.

Anton Chmut added to our success in Cadets by making top 8. Anton also made top 16 in Juniors which was his best personal result. Great fencing was also shown by Mark Dolgonos and Skyler Liverant. Both made top 16 in Y14 and earned their C2016 ratings. Ethan Kushnerik and Mark earned medals in Y12 and finished the season ranked 1st and 4th in the US, followed by Skyler Liverant (5th) who will start the season as number one seed in Y12.

Jackie Khrol wins the Y12 National Championship, Coach Misha Mokretsov earns Coaches medal
Jackie Khrol wins the Y12 National Championship, Coach Misha Mokretsov earns a Coaches medal

Jaclyn Khrol showed amazingly consistent results as she medaled in all three age groups in which she competed! Still in Y12, Jackie made top 8 in Cadets, top 8 in Y14 and claimed the National Championship title in Y12! Jackie earned her A2016 rating and I earned my first coaches medal! She finished the season as number one ranked in the nation. Great job, Jackie!!

 

We had success in the Senior team event as well, where Romain Cannone led our team to a top 8 finish against one of the strongest teams in the country. We beat the team that included the #2 and #4 ranked Juniors. Not to mention that NYFA teammates Nathan Vaysberg and Anton are Cadets. We lost to the same team a year ago, and this year we proved how much stronger we’ve become. Romain also did a great job making top 16 in Div1.

In addition, four of our students earned USA Fencing’s All-Academic Team honors for excelling in high school: Anton Chmut, Alan Temiryaev, Anna Lanzman, and Joshua Shuster.

Overall, I’m very happy with our results and I know that the better results we show, the higher the standards and expectations from parents will be. We will strive to measure up to these standards. But I can say that even the kids that didn’t do as well as they hoped, can be proud of themselves and be proud of being part of NYFA. Together, we really made our club one of the powerhouses in the US in youth fencing and we are starting to transfer this success to older age groups as well. I think we made some noise in the fencing community and we will continue to improve to become even better.

Thanks and congrats to all the kids, parents, and coaches for a great year, and surely we will work to make next season even more exciting!

Best regards,
Misha

Mark Dolgonos and Ethan Kushnerik, top 8 in Y12
Mark Dolgonos and Ethan Kushnerik, top 8 in Y12 with Coach Misha Mokretsov
Anton Chmut, 8th in Cadets w/Coach Slava Zingerman
Anton Chmut top 8 in Cadets w/Coach Slava Zingerman
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NYFA’s TOP 32 RESULTS:

Y12 National Championships
Jaclyn Khrol – Gold
Ethan Kushnerik – 5th
Mark Dolgonos – 6th
Caralina Khrol – 9th
Skyler Liverant – 11th
Arevik Amroyan – 30th

Y14 National Championships
Alan Temiryaev – Silver
Jaclyn Khrol – 7th
Mark Dolgonos – 13th and C2016
Skyler Liverant – 16th and C2016
Andrew Mufel – 20th

Cadet July Challenge
Alan Temiryaev – Gold
Anton Chmut – 8th
Jaclyn Khrol – 8th and A2016
Bennett Cohen – 21st

Junior July Challenge
Anton Chmut – 11th

Senior Team National Championship
NYFA: Cannone, Chmut, Shuster, Vaysberg – 8th
NYFAII: Bekker, Cohen, Ko, Temiryaev – 15th

Division I July Challenge
Romain Cannone – 15th
Alan Temiryaev – 16th

Division II National Championship
Anna Lanzman – 16th

Division III National Championship
Jack Kambeseles – 11th
Peter Kambeseles – 21st
Michael Mogilevich – 24th

GO NYFA!!