Girls Fencing Looking Forward to a Strong Season

Junior Annelise Campo has built her confidence during practice and is ready to make a name for herself.
Junior Annelise Campo has built her confidence during practice and is ready to make a name for herself.
“Lily Soares always makes sure to dedicate enough time to the team, making sure the team is all together and is always there to cheer them on.”
“Lily Soares always makes sure to dedicate enough time to the team, making sure the team is all together and is always there to cheer them on.”
Jillian Crowley is “the perfect example of someone who comes to practice, keep their head down and puts it all out on the strip when it comes down to it.”
Jillian Crowley is “the perfect example of someone who comes to practice, keep their head down and puts it all out on the strip when it comes down to it.”
Senior Alyssa Morisco (right) has been with Coach Addeo from the very beginning.
Senior Alyssa Morisco (right) has been with Coach Addeo from the very beginning.
Foil fencer Thania Loza has been working hard and continues to progress.
Foil fencer Thania Loza has been working hard and continues to progress.
Senior Sarah Heath works hard and makes sure that everybody else knows what they have to do.
Senior Sarah Heath works hard and makes sure that everybody else knows what they have to do.
Coach Addeo will be sad to see senior Nicole Algierie go after coaching her since freshman year.
Coach Addeo will be sad to see senior Nicole Algierie go after coaching her since freshman year.

Walt Whitman High School most recently hosted the Andrew Garafalo Memorial Tournament that invited fencers from Half Hollow Hills to compete in memory of the 2009 Whitman Alumna.

Coach Addeo sees that her large group of returning athletes accounts for such a strong start and gives them the ability to have a good impact from the beginning. This is Coach Addeo’s fifth year coaching the girls fencing team and she feels the difference from when she first started to coach.  “It’s different this year. The first year was hardest after losing Andrew and now in my fifth year, I’m able to take a step back and realize our friend isn’t here anymore,” Jackie shares as she reflects on the 5th year hosting the tournament.  

The working relationship between the Whitman and Half Hollow Hills fencing teams has become much stronger over the years. “As a team, their athletes are lovely individuals and as a team that lost an athlete themselves, they understand more about the spirit of this meet.”

Jackie highlights a few of her top fencers that have accounted for their strong start into the season. Annelise Campo is a junior saber fencer who has grown considerably over the past few years on the team. “This year she is becoming the shining star,” Coach shares as she sees Annelise coming out, becoming more confident during practices and wanting to make a name for herself.

Senior saber fencer Lily Soares has been on the team all throughout her time at Whitman and works hard to be involved in so much. “Lily always makes sure to dedicate enough time to the team, making sure the team is all together and is always there to cheer them on.”

Junior saber fencer Jillian Crowley is another player who shows her commitment to the team. Coach shares that Jillian is “the perfect example of someone who comes to practice, keep their head down and puts it all out on the strip when it comes down to it.” 

Alyssa Morisco is another senior fencer who has been doing very well so far and has been with Coach Addeo from the beginning. “She knows what to expect, what’s expected of her and what I expect from the team and she always makes sure that it gets executed.”

Thania Loza is one of the team's foil fencers who Coach says has overcome a lot. The junior has really worked hard to be a part of the team and continues to progress.

Senior foil fencer Sarah Heath is another athlete who Coach knows she can count on. “She works hard and is the number one person to make sure that everybody else knows what they have to do during practice and how to execute our drills.”

Senior epee fencer Nicole Algierie is another player who started young and is going to have a good year this year. She’s expected to come back to end off with a strong season with hopes of being in the top eight.

As for the whole team, Coach Addeo sees that the girls are here to make a name for themselves and anticipates the team will continue progressing even after the seniors have graduated.