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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.

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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.

fencing, RESULTS

November Results: SYC to Grand Prix Golds & more


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

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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 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 @romaincannone for showing amazing result 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

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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

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We had very eventful weekend for our fencers that competed in France and USA! Big congratulations to Skyler Liverant @skyler0427 and team USA for taking gold at the Cadet World Cup in Grenoble, 🇫🇷! Boys were down 20-12 and managed to make a great comeback! Also congratulations to Jaclyn Khrol and Ethan Kushnerik @ethankushnerik who made top 32 in individuals! Meanwhile at Neil Lazar RYC/RJCC we had some wins too: Isabella Chin @izzychin123 took another gold in Juniors! Emily Ostrovsky @eostrovsky04 was just one touch short of taking gold in cadets! And earned C2019! Finn Chimoskey took Silver in Y12! Liza Zigalo @lizazigzag9 took bronze in Y12 and top 8 in Y14! Ian Goldfine @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

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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

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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! Profis Liora – top 8 y10! Liza Zigalo – 2nd place Y12! Sasha Rakhovski – 3rd place Y12! Evelyn Again – 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

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RESULTS

May-June Results Round-up: Summer Nationals, SYC’s, RJCC’s, Senior World Cup


Overall we got 10 medals at this Summer Nationals!
What a record breaking day for NYFA today at Summer Nationals! 4 medals in one shot!
Our younger fencers made us super proud! Most of them lost to our own clubmates – otherwise would do even better!
Sasha Rakhovski – only one touch short of National Championship title! Amazing result Sasha!
David Dodin got bronze medal and it’s only your first year of Y10!
Ethan Zaydman earned his first national medal – Ethan started super strong and was first after pools and showed his best and consistent fencing – 5th place – congrats!
Landon Shchur – also first National medal and great fighting – impressive come back in a bout for top 8!
Dylan Kats – only one touch away from top 8! Proud of you controlling bout much better and moving the right direction!
Nicholas Iarikov – top 16 – best personal result! Great job in pools – winning all your priority bouts!
Julian Brodsky – top 16 – best personal result! Consistent and confident fencing – congrats!
Finn Chimoskey – 17th place! Flawless pool result and unfortunately had to fence NYFA fencer for top 16 but i’m confident you would make even better result if had different bracket!
Kovalchuk Erika and Evelyn Agaon – top 32!
#youngchampions #usfa #medalists #y10 #topperformance

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What a record breaking day for NYFA today! 4 medals in one shot! Our younger fencers made us super proud! Most of them lost to our own clubmates – otherwise would do even better! Sasha Rakhovski – only one touch short of National Championship title! Amazing result Sasha! David Dodin got bronze medal and it’s only your first year of Y10! Ethan Zaydman earned his first national medal – Ethan started super strong and was first after pools and showed his best and consistent fencing – 5th place – congrats! Landon Shchur – also first National medal and great fighting – impressive come back in a bout for top 8! Dylan Kats – only one touch away from top 8! Proud of you controlling bout much better and moving the right direction! Nicholas Iarikov – top 16 – best personal result! Great job in pools – winning all your priority bouts! Julian Brodsky – top 16 – best personal result! Consistent and confident fencing – congrats! Finn Chimoskey – 17th place! Flawless pool result and unfortunately had to fence NYFA fencer for top 16 but i’m confident you would make even better result if had different bracket! Kovalchuk Erika and Evelyn Agaon – top 32! Overall we got 10 medals at this Nationals! Enjoy your little vacation everybody and we will start preparing for new season soon at our NYFA International Summer Camp! #summernationals #youngchampions #usfa #medalists #y10 #topperformance #nyfasleepawaycamp

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Congratulations to Shawn Agaon @sagaon06 with his bronze finish at Summer Nationals in Y12!
Also congratulations to:
Ian Goldfine – top 16!
Isabella Chin – top 16!
Joshua Yavorovskiy – top 16!
Max Burovsky – top 32!
#teamnyfa #gonyfa #bronzemedal #nationalmedalist

So the youth age group is over for Skyler Liverant – he finished it with 2 medals at Summer Nationals 2019 – top 8 cadets and Y14! Skyler earned impressive 17 National Medals overall during his youth career!!! Finished it as #1 ranked athlete in Cadets and Y14! And he was #1 ranked athlete at the end of every age group starting Y10!
Also Skyler made Cadets World Team this season and won March NAC! Awesome season – you make all of us proud! #teamnyfa #fencenyfa #summernationals #medalist #numberone

Skyler Liverant brings another medal to NYFA – top 8 in Cadets! Congratulations! #teamnyfa #summernationals #top8 #gonyfa #medalist

First Division 1 medal in women’s epee goes to Jaclyn Khrol @jackie.khrol ! Jackie also earned Cadet top 8 finish! Great fencing and best personal result – awesome job!
Also congrats to @ethankushnerik for making top 32 in Juniors! #gonyfa #teamnyfa #summernationals

The medal count have started! Isabella Chin @izzychin123 have made top 8 in DIV1a! Isabella is still Y14 and already got her A2019! Congratulations!
Also congrats to Sam Bekker @sam.bekker and Alan Temiryaev @alantemiryaev for making top 32 in Division 1!
#summernationals #teamnyfa #medalist #gonyfa

Before our youngest athletes start Summer Nationals I want to pump them up with this amazing news – for the first time NYFA won overall SYC medal count in USA!!!
And all of it thanks to our young stars and their coaches and parents! Great job boys and girls and good luck at Nationals! #sycchampion #mostmedalsever #youngchamps #syc #gonyfa #teamnyfa

Very happy for our alumni Romain Cannone @romaincannone who had an amazing streak – first ever Senior World Cup Team silver medal and individual silver in France Championships! Romka you’ve made a long way and I’m very proud that I have started such a great fencing journey together with you! Looking forward for more wins and medals of yours! #gonyfa #teamnyfa #teamfrance #worldclassfencing

Congrats to our boys who made a good present to their moms and made them proud today at RJCC:
Dylan Polkovsky – bronze medal 🥉 and A2019!
Jack Kambeseles – top 8 and B2019!
Peter Kambeseles – top 8!
#rjcc #teamnyfa #gonyfa #medalists

Happy fencing friends!
Congratulations to Sasha with her 3rd place finish today! #syc #thirdplace #medalist #friends #fencingfriends

SYC Podium sweep 🧹 for Y10 boys!
Dylan Kats – Champion!
Ethan Zaydman – silver medal 🥈
David Dodin – bronze medal 🥉
Landon Shchur – 5th place!
Iarikov Nicholas – 6th place!
Finn Chimoskey – 7th place!
#medalists #medalsweep #syc #winners #champion

Second day and 3 more medals at Mission SYC!
Alexandra Rakhovski silver medal 🥈 in Y12!
Liza Zigalo – 6th place!
Nicole Krumholz – 8th place!
#gonyfa #syc #superyouthcircuit #medalists #top8 #silvermedal #runnerup #y12 #teamnyfa #girlssquad

First day of Mission SYC and mission accomplished!
Ian Goldfine – gold medal Y12 🥇
Max Burovsky – bronze medal 🥉
Landon Shchur – top 8!
Great job everyone! #syc #superyouthcircuit #champion #youngchamps #gonyfa #fencenyfa #nyfa_li #teamnyfa

RESULTS

Golds at March NAC, Pan American, SJCC, RYC + many more top results


NYFA fencers excel around the globe. Congratulations to our athletes, coaches & parents for these recent achievements!

March North American Cup Top 32 (Cleveland, OH):

  • Skyler Liverant – Gold & A2019 in Y14
  • Alexandra Rakhovski – Bronze in Y10
  • Shawn Agaon – 6th & E2019 in Y12
  • Dylan Kats – 6th in Y10
  • Maxim Burovsky – 8th & E2019 in Y12
  • Landon Shchur – 9th in Y10
  • Finn Chimoskey – 10th in Y10
  • Isabella Chin – 13th in Y14
  • David Dodin – 17th in Y10
  • Nicholas Iarikov – 22nd in Y10
  • Ian Goldfine – 23rd in Y12 and 24th in Y14
  • Evelyn Agaon – 25th in Y10
  • Elizabeth Zigalo – 26th in Y12

Pan American Championships (Bogota, Colombia):

  • Ethan Kushnerik – Gold in Cadets

Denise O’Connor Regional Youth Circuit Top 8:

  • Dylan Kats – Gold in Y10
  • Liora Profis – Silver in Y10
  • Konstantin Vaysbukh – 5th & E2019 in Y14
  • Nicole Krumholz – 7th in Y14

Super Junior & Cadet Circuit (Anaheim, CA):

  • Peter Kambeseles – Gold & A2019 in Juniors

Ben Gutenberg Memorial Super Youth Circuit & Regional Cadet Circuit:

  • Finn Chimoskey – Silver in Y10
  • Landon Shchur – Bronze in Y10, 5th in Y12
  • Ethan Zaydman – 7th in Y10

NCAA Northeastern Regionals:

  • Nathan Vaysberg – Bronze – qualifies to compete in the NCAA Championships

Premier Challenge Regional Open Circuit Div1A/Div2 Top 8:

  • Doug Tableman – 8th in Div1A

Go NYFA!

 

 

CLUB ANNOUNCEMENTS

2019 Summer Fencing Camp Registration is Open!


The 2019 NYFA Summer Fencing Camps are scheduled for July 21-30, July 31-August 9, and August 10-19.  Sign-up for all 3 sessions and get 6 free private lessons with our incredible team of coaches from top colleges and clubs! Intermediate to advanced epee fencers, ages 10 and up, gain valuable skills and practice with many fencers from the US and around the world. Register early! All sessions have sold out each year.  Click below for more information and registration.

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