The fencers paused for a moment after the bout began, swords held in a defensive stance, carefully regarding the other’s movements. Then, quick as a flash, swords clicked as they danced across the floor of the gym at NEST+m, while the referees and coaches looked on. In what seemed like the blink of an eye, Stuyvesant’s fencer was holding her point to the other’s chest, while her teammates cheered from the sidelines.
The Vipers continued their successful start to the season with a 90-34 win against NEST+m on April 28, their fourth game and fourth win this season. The match got off to a rocky start, with the Vipers losing the first bout of nine total in the match. Despite this, they managed to pull it back in the second bout. Stuyvesant also faced some difficulty in the middle of the match, losing the fifth bout, but managed to come back and win the last four bouts. “The NEST épée team forfeited because they didn’t have enough fencers, but the foil game went pretty well. NEST is probably our toughest competition in the division, but we worked well as a team and pulled through in the end,” senior and co-captain Stephanie Yoon said.
Earlier in the season, the Vipers won a decisive 90-43 victory against Millennium High School, in which the foil team won 45-20 and the épée team won 45-23. They also won against Long Island City High School with a score of 90-27. Following a forfeit by Information Technology High School, the Vipers sit at the top of their division with an undefeated 5-0 record.
However, the Vipers are looking far beyond an undefeated regular season. After winning silver in the playoffs last year, the Vipers have high expectations for themselves. “I hope that our team goes undefeated in our division this season, and, as always, we are shooting for gold at playoffs,” Yoon said. However, the Vipers will be facing challenges to this ultimate goal, particularly the loss of eight fencers after they graduated. “I still think we have a pretty strong and deep team though,” Yoon said.