Archive for the ‘Fencing’ Category

Shainberg’s Golden Performance

August 4, 2011

Jonah Shainberg, 15, won a gold medal at the United States Fencing National Championships held in Reno, Nev., earlier this month. The Rye High School sophomore came in first out of 150 competitors his age and under in the Youth-14 Men’s sabre event.

Jonah Shainberg

Shainberg also competed in the North American Cup (NAC), another national competition held in Reno the same week. He placed 10th out of 190 Junior male sabre fencers (under 20) and 10th out of 160 Cadet male sabre fencers (under 17). His strong results in the NAC earned him a national Cadet ranking in the top 10, making him eligible to compete internationally at World Cup events in Poland, Russia, Hungary, and England, in addition to national-level events around the U.S. beginning this fall.

The fencing phenom also received an Academic All-American Recognition Award, presented annually at the Summer National Championships. This USA Fencing program acknowledges high school-age competitive fencers who posted a cumulative GPA of at least 3.7 for the academic year. He competes for the Fencing Academy of Westchester in Hawthorne, and has been coached by Archil Lortkipanidze since he was 9.

Saunders Kids Clean Up: Tatiana Named Soccer Player of the Year; Cornelius Tabbed Top Fencing Rookie

February 18, 2011

Derek Jeter won it before. So did Kevin Garnet and Mark Sanchez. And earlier this month, it was time for Tatiana Saunders to shine.

Saunders, a senior at Rye High School, was named the Gatorade New York Girls Soccer Player of the Year February 10. She is the first Rye athlete to earn the prestigious honor, which recognizes athletic excellence and academic achievement, in its 26 years of existence. Saunders is now eligible to win Gatorade’s National award.

Tatiana Saunders

“It is a huge honor to be chosen, particularly when there are so many awesome players in the state,” said Saunders. “I am really, really proud, and it’s a great way to end my high school career.”


Swordplay in Memphis

March 9, 2010

Jonah Shainberg and Rachel Chin

Jonah Shainberg, 14, an eighth-grader at Rye Middle School, and Rachel Chin, 16, a junior at Rye High School, competed in the US Fencing Junior Olympics in Memphis, Tenn., over President’s Day weekend. Both are top-20, nationally ranked age-group fencers —Rachel in foil and Jonah in saber —who train at Hawthorne’s Fencing Academy of Westchester. In Memphis, they competed at the Cadet (under age 17) and Junior (under age 20) levels, as well as in a team competition with other fencers from FAW.