Lindsey Minor, a junior at Columbia High School, is now the #3 women’s high school épée Fencer in New Jersey. The state’s best boys and girls fencers gathered at Morris Knolls High School in Rockaway on Sunday, February 13 for the NJSIAA Individual Championships.
Among thirty-eight of the top high school girl épée fencers from around New Jersey, Minor won third place at the 2022 NJSIAA State Individual Fencing Champions. These standouts, among them, CHS Junior, Lindsey Minor and CHS Senior, Phoebe Hill, competed in the state’s premier individual event for high schoolers. Minor was crowned a 3rd place champion and stood in the company of a 1st place winner from Marlboro and a 2nd place winner from Bernards.
CHS Fencing Coach, Arthur “Doc” Paulina shared, “Lindsey is very determined and she has a great work ethic and excellent leadership skills and we are extremely proud of her accomplishments and placement in this year’s competition.”
Similarly, Assistant Fencing Coach, Frank Mustilli, the founder of the NJ Fencing Alliance shares, “I’ve had the pleasure of training with Lindsey for five years and I expect she will continue to shine. We look forward to an even better season next year.”
CHS senior Phoebe Hill (also épée) finished 12th overall in the second round missing the cutoff for the final 8. The boy’s individual épée competition also took place on the same day, and CHS épée fencer Aidan Haley placed 9th overall in the first round but was eliminated in the second round of play. In addition, CHS girl’s foil fencers Susanna Mann and Maia Sinkler qualified for the state individual competition at Districts, but were eliminated in the first round.
“I am so excited about how well Lindsey and her team are doing,” says CHS Principal Sanchez. “I look forward to cheering on the Varsity Girl’s Fencing team, this Monday, February 21 during the NJSIAA Tournament, Quarterfinal Round.”
CHS Fencing is led by head coaches Daryl White and Arthur “Doc” Paulina, assistant coaches Frank Mustilli and Julia Maser, and trainers Luke Moramarco and Moataz Abdelkarim.