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Tuesday, March 20 Sports

5 fencers named All-State

Five members of the Fairfield co-op fencing teams -- with athletes from Fairfield Warde and Fairfield Ludlowe high schools -- won All-State honors at the Individual State Fencing Championships at Hopkins School on March 1 in New Haven.

For the second year in a row, Fairfield Ludlowe senior George Whiteside took first place in the boys' Epee Division at the State Championship.

Ludlowe seniors Matthew Love and Alexandra Morrison and sophomore Gabby Rotar-Crowe, of Ludlowe, earned All-State recognition, too.

Warde senior Ben Friedrichs became Fairfield's first foilist in six years to earn All-State, coach Jim Roberts said.

This past Saturday at Guilford High School four Fairfield teams finished in the top five of their squad competitions at the Team State Championships.

The boys Epee team was runner-up among 26 schools. Fairfield's three fencers combined for a 17-8 record. Whiteside sent 9-0, Love was 7-2 and junior Liam Raftery, of Ludlowe, went 1-6.

The boys Sabre finished third with a 16-11 record.

Warde senior Tommy Quinn went 6-3, Warde senior Steven McArdle was 5-4 and junior Sagar Gulati, of Warde, went 5-4.

Fairfield's girls' Foil placed fith at 14-13. Morrison led the way with a 7-2 record, followed by Warde junior Lian Ngaopraseut, who went 4-5, and Ludlowe sophomore Jillian Wrigley (3-6).

The girls' Sabre took fifth as well with Rotar-Crowe and Warde's Gazal Gulati, a junior, and Warde freshman Anna Fedoryk competing for the co-op team.

Roberts has been coaching the Fairfield co-op boys and girls teams for the past two years.

"I'm really pleased with all of my fencers this year," Roberts said.

"Having five athletes achieve All-State honors is an accomplishment that I am particularly proud of."

The boys team went 8-0 in the regular season, the girls 6-2.

Fairfield has been a member of the Connecticut High School Fencing Association for more than 20 years, Roberts said.

Connecticut has 26 teams.