Garden City girls, Great Neck South boys repeat as Nassau fencing champions

Garden City's Caitlin Gallant puts her mask on Garden City's Caitlin Gallant puts her mask on before fencing in the Sabre competition. (Feb. 1, 2014) Photo Credit: Steven Ryan

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Every Garden City meet starts with Caitlin Gallant because the result is a given.

"We start every meet with her because it's nice to know you have one bout right away," Trojans fencing coach Michael Kreidman said. "It's a nice victory at the beginning."

Gallant, the individual county champion in sabre, came through again for the Trojans during the Nassau girls fencing team championships Saturday at Great Neck North. In sabre, Gallant was 5-0 in leading Garden City to its second consecutive county title with a 14-2 win over Jericho in the final.

"Being the first bout sets the mood for the rest of the meet," said Gallant, who had two touches against and scored 25 times. "Today, I felt like it was all or nothing. The adrenaline was kicked in and I just went for it."

Gallant wasn't the only one who had it working for the Trojans (14-1), who defeated third-place Great Neck South, 14-8, in a semifinal. Emily Fallon won two bouts in each match to finish 4-0 in foil. Kathleen Demaria was 5-2 in sabre and Kathryn Tomasi was 3-1 in foil. Michaela Smith finished 3-1 in epee.

"I think what worked really well was focusing in on all the little things, like certain tendencies that we could use to our advantage, and putting it all together," Gallant said.

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The Garden City girls weren't the only school repeating as county champs. The Great Neck South boys team made it two in a row when it defeated Oyster Bay, 14-12, in the finals.

"It was a seesaw battle the whole day," Rebels coach Josh Baravarian said. "When we would go down, they kept their head up. We knew in the end we'd come out on top."

Skyler Chin won the deciding bout in epee in Great Neck South's 14-13 semifinal win over third-place Garden City. Chin finished 4-1. Jeremy Kramer secured the county title with his 5-4 win over Oyster Bay's Andreas Tsoumpariotis in epee.

(EDITOR'S NOTE: An earlier version of this story indicated Gallant was the individual champion in epee. She is the sabre county champion.)

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