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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

September & October Results: SYCs, Cadet World Cup, Greek Natl Championships, RJCC, ROC


Kudos to all of our students who are working hard and getting better every day, and especially to NYFA fencers and coaches who earned these top results:

Congratulations on SILVER medal at the Junior Greek National Championship, which took place at Athens, Greece to Peter Kambeseles. Great fencing, great work ethics paid off. Good job to ALL – parents, coaches and of course Peter Kambeseles Go NYFA!!!

Two bronze medals at October North American Cup go to Ethan Kushnerik @ethankushnerik and Skyler Liverant @skyler0427.  Great job guys – many bouts didn’t start your way but you managed to adjust your strategy and show true athlete character! #fencenyfa #teamnyfa #gonyfa #octobernac2019 #top4

Another medal for Jackie Khrol! Top 8 cadets at October NAC! #fencenyfa #top8 #octobernac #teamnyfa

Our kids keep making us proud this weekend!
Congratulations to:
Rachel Kowalsky @rachelkowalsky for winning Gold at RJCC!!!
Liza Zigalo @lizazigzag9 – gold in Y12 and silver in Y14 at FC Youth Open!
Shawn Agaon @sagaon06 – gold at FC Youth Open in Y14!
Anna Temiryaev @anna.temiryaev – silver in Div2 RJCC!
Evelyn Agaon and Mia Smotritsky – bronze medal 🥉 at FC Youth Open in Y12 and Y14 respectively!
Alan Slavinsky – top 8 at DIV1a ROC and A2019!
Great job everyone! #teamnyfa #fencenyfa

Another super result from Budapest – team USA consisting of Skyler Liverant, Stafford Moosekian, Miles Weiss and Spencer Vermeule have won silver medals! Congrats guys – very happy for you! Also congratulations to @jackie.khrol for making top 32 in individual competitions today! #teamusa #usfencing #worldcup #fencenyfa #teamnyfa

Great job at Juniors RJCC for:
Peter Kambeseles @p_kambeseles – silver medal 🥈
Mitchell Bekker @mitchel.bekker – bronze medal 🥉 and A2019!
Keep up good results! #fencenyfa #teamnyfa #rjcc #newrating

Bronze medal at Cadet World Cup in Budapest for Skyler Liverant! @skyler0427  Way to start the season Skyler! Proud of you! Good luck tomorrow in team event to all team USA thletes! #fencenyfa #teamusa #beastmode #top4 #worldcup #teamnyfa

One more medal for our fencers at SYC!
David Dodin – gold medal 🥇 in Y10!
Liza Zigalo – top 16 in Y12!
#gonyfa #teamnyfa #syc #champion

Our fencers keep rocking this weekend!
Isabella Chin @izzychin123 won gold in Junior RJCC!
Josh Yavorovsky @josh__.y made top 8 in Cadets and dot his D2019!
Great job everyone! #fencenyfa #medalists #champion #rjcc #syc

Amazing job for our young stars as usual at SYC at Fairfax!
Dylan Kats – gold medal in Y12!!!
David Dodin – 6th place in Y12 – David is still Y10!
Finn Chimoskey top 16 in Y12!
Daniel Dodin – bronze medal 🥉 in Y8!
Grayson Shchur – silver medal 🥈 in Y8!
Mitchell Pozovskiy – top 16 in Y14!
Great job everybody! Let’s keep that number 1 title that our club earned last year in SYC medals! #fencenyfa #teamnyfa #syc #goldmedalist #youngchamps

Start the season strong! While some of us still on vacation some are taking first SYC medals!
David Dodin – 1st place in Y10 🥇
Landon Shchur – 5th place in Y12!
Great job everyone! #gonyfa #teamnyfa #bostonsyc

CLUB ANNOUNCEMENTS, College fencing

Updates: #1 Medals Earned, Club Expansions, College News


We’re excited to share great club news with our members:

2018-2019 Season End Results – our fencers, coaches, and parents should be very proud:

  • NYFA tied for FIRST PLACE with Alliance in the number of 2019 Summer National medals earned!
  • NYFA took FIRST PLACE in the number of Super Youth Circuit (SYC) medals earned in the USA!

Club Improvements – we are always striving to make NYFA even better for our students:

  • Port Washington: we renovated and expanded the fencing area to include 8 strips
  • Coney Island: we are expanding the waiting area for parents’ comfort and for students to have more space to do homework and store equipment

College News – Congratulations and best of luck to our high school graduates who have started college this year!

  • Alan Temiryaev – Columbia University
  • Emily Gao – Cornell University
  • Karina Popovich – Cornell University
  • Jeffrey Wang – Johns Hopkins University
  • Kevin Feng – New York University
  • Anna Lanzman – New York University
  • Michael Mogilevich – Rutgers University
  • Josh Shuster – Brandeis University
  • Tatiana Merheb – McGill University Montreal
  • Ann Zats – Macaulay Honors at Hunter College

Go NYFA!