LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Schoolhouse Fencing took 10 fencers to Louisville, Ky., last month for the North American Cup competition.
Tatijana Stewart of Pleasant View, an eighth-grader at Orion Junior High, took the gold medal in Y14 women's epee on Jan. 20, topping 70 competitors from across the United States.
This was Stewart's first year in this age category and she beat out several older and more experienced fencers.
Stewart also went on to medal in another age category. Out of 140 fencers in cadet women's epee (under 17), she took fifth place.
Coach Jennifer Nollner said the performance moved Stewart up the national rankings as to the second highest rated 14 year old in the nation.
Stewart has been fending for for just over three years. She actively competes nationally and has great potential to continue her growth as a fencer, Nollner said.
The other competitors at the NAC from Schoolhouse included Elias Johnson, Dakota Nollner, Gabe Brown, Hunter Simper, Wesley Johnson, Adam Stewart, Oliver Proctor, Connor Simper and Susan Proctor.
Another group of Schoolhouse fencers are headed to the Junior Olympics next week in Baltimore, Md.
According to Nollner, the national competitions provide schools that offer fencing as an NCAA competitive sport a great opportunity to recruit Utah athletes.
Several Schoolhouse fencers are currently on scholaship at schools like Duke (Dylan Nollner), the Naval Academy (Conor Cross) and the Air Force Academy (Elias Johnson).