Middlesex County Fencers Qualify For USA Fencing National Championships

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Pictured from left to right are Tristan Quinton, Jared Quinton, Sean McGrath, Jonathan Koppenhaver (Photo courtesy of Hub City Fencing Academy)

Pictured from left to right are Tristan Quinton, Jared Quinton, Sean McGrath, Jonathan Koppenhaver (Photo courtesy of Hub City Fencing Academy)

EDISON – Five competitors from Hub City Fencing Academy in Edison traveled to New Orleans for the Crescent City Open on Oct. 26-27. They made the trip both to compete for sport and try to qualify for the USA Fencing National Championships. All five achieved their goal.

Fencers must qualify to compete at certain events held each summer by the United States Fencing Association, the National Governing Body of the sport. They qualify based on their performances at public
competitions. In most cases, they have to land in the top 4, top 8, or top 10 percent of the qualifying event.

Hub City coach Sean McGrath finished sixth in the A2 rated Div 1A Men’s Epee. Jared Quinton of Colonia, age 14, finished third in the Div 2 Men’s Sabre, winning five of his seven bouts in pools. His brother Tristan,
age 17, finished third in Div 1A Men’s Sabre. Jonathan Koppenhaver, of Plainsboro, finished third in Div 2 Men’s Epee.

“We couldn’t be more proud of our students,’” said Hub City head coach Rich Beischer, who traveled with the fencers to help them during the tournament. “They’ve been training very hard for this, and it was great to see every single one reach their goal this weekend.”

Hub City Fencing Academy is a fencing club in Edison that offers lessons for children and adults. For additional information on fencing lessons for kids and adults, contact Lauren Beischer at 908-248-2232 or visit www.hubcityfencing.com.


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