Justin Dion FFA Coach To Participate In U.S. Olympic Fencing Training Camp
FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Fairfield Fencing Academy is proud to congratulate Justin Dion on being selected to participate in the United States Olympic Fencing Training Camp in Colorado Springs, Colo. beginning April 1.
"It was kind of a surprise to get invited," said Dion. "I keep surprising myself with my accomplishments."
A 2012 graduate with a bachelor's degree in mathematics, Dion spent this past season as an assistant coach for epee for the Pioneers' men's and women's teams. He also coaches at the Fairfield Fencing Academy. Dion was a four-time All-Northeast Fencing Conference First Team performer in epee while at Sacred Heart. He qualified for the NCAA Championships twice, finishing 13 in 2010 and 11 in 2011 and was the Pioneers' first epee All-American.
Dion caught the eye of the Olympic Fencing Program after going 4-2 in pools at a World Cup event in Italy this past January. At that event, he blanked 2008 Olympic bronze medalist Jose Luis Abajo of Spain 5-0. Dion looks to participate in another World Cup event in May.
"Justin continues to improve as a world class epee fencer and I look for him to become one of the top five epeeists in the United States," said Sacred Heart Head Coach Dr. Thomas Vrabel. "He has not yet reached his full potential as a competitor. He has a special combination of amazing point control, height (6'5"), speed, and quickness that is rarely seen. Over his career as a Pioneer he had an incredible 11-1 record when the match was tied at 13 all and it was up to Justin to get the final win. Only Stuart Holmes
has been a similar performer in that ultimate pressure situation. It will not surprise me at all if Justin Dion is on the US National Team for the World Championships or the Olympics over the next few years."
Fairfield High School Fencers Nab Medals in State Championships
NORTH HAVEN – Three squads on the combined Fairfield High School fencing team captured spots in the state team championships Saturday, led by the boys’ épée squad, which took third in the state.
Led by Chris Dannhauser, Matt Love and George Whiteside, the épéeists swept host North Haven 5-0 in the battle for third. Earlier, Fairfield defeated Hopkins 5-1, before falling to Norwich Free Academy in the semi-finals 5-4. Each Fairfield épéeist lost just two bouts all day. Cheshire was the eventual champ.
The Fairfield girls’ foil team took fifth, losing to Ledyard 5-3 in the first round, then sweeping Hand 5-0 before losing to Norwich Free Academy 5-2. Ivy Wong, Alexandra Morrison and Kirsti Carr led the foilists.
The Fairfield girls’ épée team placed eighth on the day, losing a squeaker to Fitch5-4, then dropping matches to East Lyme and St. Bernard. Fencers Jessica Zaccagnino, Camilla Crosby, Leah Hintz and Brooklyn Curtain competed in épée for Fairfield.
“I’m very proud of my fencers, for what they’ve accomplished, especially the girls’ épée team. This was supposed to be a rebuilding year for them and they made it this far,” said Fairfield Coach Jim Roberts, who led all three squads to the state championship in just his first year at the helm. “I couldn’t be more proud because of all the work they’ve put in.”
More than 300 high school fencers from throughout Connecticut competed at Hopkins in New Haven a week before the team championships to determine which eight high school squads would battle for the top team spots. Fairfield’s Whiteside won the individual high school state championship in épée, while Hintz earned a spot on the All-State Team, along with Fairfield’s Drew Salko and Gabby Rotar-Crowe, both saberists.
Members of the Fairfield High School boys épée squad, from left, Matt Love, Chris Dannhauser, George Whiteside and Liam Rafferty, captured third at the Connecticut High School Team Championship on Saturday. (Contributed photo)
Fairfield's George Whitside, left, scores a point against Hopkins at the Connecticut High School Team Championship on Saturday. (Contributed photo) Whiteside won the individual state championship last week.
FAIRFIELD HIGH SCHOOL FENCERS TAKE ON STATE'S BEST
New Haven March 2, 2013: George Whiteside a junior at Fairfield Ludlowe High School won the Connecticut High School Fencing Association (CHSFA), Men’s Epee Championship, defeating Nikal Tasker of Fairfield Prep 15-5. Whiteside who took up fencing in his freshman year has become a force to be recond with in U20 and U17 divisions of the United States Fencing Association. He recently competed in the U17 and U20 divisions of the Junior Olympics held in Baltimore in mid-February.
The day was not all about Whiteside however, Parents and fans cheered as Whiteside (Men’s epee), Leah Hintz (Women’s epee), Drew Skalk (Men’s Sabre) and Gabriel Rotar-Crowe (Women’s Sabre) all captured a place on the CHSFA’s All-State Team.The team will travel to North Haven High School this coming Saturday March 9, for the CHSFA’s Team Championships, led by Seniors Chris DannHauser (Men’s Epee) and Ivy Wong (Women’s Foil). The Fairfield Warde/Ludlowe team is coached by Jim Roberts, Director of the Fairfield Fencing Academy and former Men’s Foilist at Sacred Heart University .
Above Fairfield Warde Ludlowe All-State Fencers with Coach Jim Roberts.
From Left: Leah Hinzt - Women's Epee, George Whiteside - Men's Epee,
Jim Roberts - Coach, Drew Salko - Men's Sabre, Gabriel Rotar-Crowe, Women's Sabre.
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Olympian Honored in October Tourney
The Fairfield Fencing Academy was honored to host the second annual Ed Vebell Epee Classic on October 6-7, 2012.
This tournament honors local fencing legend Ed Vebell, a proud Olympian who fenced his way to the semi-finals in 1952.
Ed Vebell, on the right, captures the gold medal at the 1964 Martini & Rossi International Epee Tournament at the New York Athletic Club. Vebell, an Olympian, was the first American to win this title. (Photo from the Museum of American Fencing)
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