LHS Fencer Brian Lemay Places 9th in the United States at National Tournament
Brian Lemay, a sophomore at Libertyville High School, finished 9th in the United States at the US Summer Nationals fencing tournament in Columbus, OH in June.
Lemay defeated fourteen local fencers to earn the right to represent Illinois in the Men’s Division III sabre event. He also qualified to represent Illinois in the Men’s Cadet, Men’s Junior, and the Men’s Division II events. Lemay traveled to Columbus, OH on June 25th to compete against 125 fencers from across the country to determine who would be the best fencer in the United States in the Men’s Division III sabre event.
Brian got off to a very strong start, beating all of his opponents in his pool. His strong performance in the pools earned him a bye in the first round of direct elimination bouts. But now the stress really kicked in. In the direct elimination round, if you lose you you go home.
Brian once again got off to strong start, defeating an opponent from Alabama in his first DE bout 15-11. He beat his next opponent from New Jersey 15-10 earning him a spot in the Round of 16. However, in his third DE bout Brian was defeated by a fencer from Washington State 15-11. Brian’s strong performance in his pools and commanding victories in his first two direct elimination bouts earned him a spot as one of the 10 best fencers in the Division III Men’s Sabre event in the United States.
“The hardest part of the tournament was adapting to the different fencing styles of each of my competitors from different clubs across the country”, according to Brian.
Brian also had strong finishes in the Men’s Division II event where he finished 65th out of a pool of 136 fencers and 49th in the Men’s Cadet Sabre event out of a pool of 196 fencers.
Brian began his fencing career at Crimson Blades Fencing Academy in Libertyville, IL when he was eight. “I got into fencing because it sounded like it would be fun to try. I’ve stayed with it because I enjoy both the mental and physical challenges of fencing competitively” said Brian.
Brian is the captain of the LHS-VHHS men’s fencing team and led the team to win the Illinois State Junior Varsity Champion in Men’s Sabre in the team’s first season. When the high school fencing season is over Brian fences at the Midwest Fencing Academy in Chicago. Brian earned his first national rating when he was 14. With these strong results at the age of 15, Brian has great things in store for him and will be an athlete to watch.