Fencing: Fresh Talent Shows Promise for Next Season

Veteran fencers and coaches Iana Dakova and David Galinsky led the young talent that filled this year’s Fencing roster. With a slow start, both the Boys and Girls Fencing teams worked hard to improve as the season progressed. “At each meet both teams looked better, picking up a win or two every time they fenced,” noted Dakova. By the last meet of the season, the teams were fencing well, with standout performances from fencers Ian Frank, Class of 2020, and Kayla Zemek, Class of 2019. Despite marked improvements, both teams finished in fifth place, just missing a spot in the Pittsburgh International Fencing Association (PIFA) playoffs. But as Dakova points out, “The teams’ progress this season gives us high hopes for next year.”