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Space City fencers

Angie Frederickson
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Victoria Zhang, Tanishka Padhye, Zoe Chernis, Felicity Sebastian, Margarita Potapenko

Victoria Zhang, Tanishka Padhye, Zoe Chernis, Felicity Sebastian, and Margarita Potapenko

Students at the Alliance Fencing Academy won top medals at the Battle in Space City in the Youth 12 women’s epee competition. Victoria Zhang, Tanishka Padhye, Zoe Chernis, Felicity Sebastian and Margarita Potapenko (pictured, from left) are all nationally ranked fencers, and each placed in this regional competition, out of 28 total competitors. The girls compete at the local, regional and national levels to earn eligibility to compete in Summer Nationals, the largest fencing event in the country. In order to keep up with an intense competition schedule, each of the girls practices three to five days each week, taking classes and additional lessons. As they get older and advance to the Youth 14 category, they will be on their way to international competitions.

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