Fencing Sets Medal Record at Tournament

Starting left: Alexandria Alpy, Isabel Sakarin, and Haley Gladitsch, with Mike Ruotolo standing behind them, then Anfernee Aiken, Ben Sakarin, and Thomas Ferrante.
Starting left: Alexandria Alpy, Isabel Sakarin, and Haley Gladitsch, with Mike Ruotolo standing behind them, then Anfernee Aiken, Ben Sakarin, and Thomas Ferrante.
Left to right: Thomas Ferrante, Mike Ruotolo, and Anfernee Aiken holding Ben Sakarin.
Left to right: Thomas Ferrante, Mike Ruotolo, and Anfernee Aiken holding Ben Sakarin.
Isabel Sakarin in back standing between Alexandria Alpy on left and Haley Gladitsch.
Isabel Sakarin in back standing between Alexandria Alpy on left and Haley Gladitsch.

In December the Whitman Fencing Team attended the Brentwood Holiday Tournament and came up big with an impressive haul of 7 medals – a new record for the team.

In Men’s Epee, Thomas Ferrante took 8th in a truly tough day of competition, fighting some epic battles for a well-earned medal. Women’s Sabre saw two of our women capture medals, with Haley Gladitsch taking 8th and showing herself to be a confident and refined fencer and Isabel Sakarin took 5th continuing to make her presence felt within the county as a top competitor. Senior Anfernee Aiken had a stellar day and showed himself to be someone to watch throughout the season as he confidently took 6th place in Men’s Foil.

Top medal winners of the day include Ben Sakarin in Men’s Sabre who took the bronze, improving upon his great finish of 5th place last year. Senior Michael Ruotolo repeated his performance from last year again capturing Silver in the Men’s Foil, reinforcing that he is undoubtedly one of the top fencers on Long Island. His consistent hard work and effort throughout the year show what can be achieved. Alexandria Alpy took home the Gold medal in Women’s Epee, becoming a two-time champion of the tournament.

All the other team members who competed had a great day as well, many doing personal bests or showing themselves to be tough competition to watch.