Fencing: Longo takes fifth in saber for LAFC at N.M. Open

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By The Staff

Grace Longo was the top finisher for the Los Alamos Fencing Club at the New Mexico Open.

The New Mexico Open was held this weekend at Santa Fe Preparatory School. LAFC sent five of its top local fencers to the event, which attracted more than 130 fencers from around the Rocky Mountain Section and as far away as Florida.

Longo picked up a fifth-place finish at the Open, earning a bronze medal in the women’s saber competition.

“Grace’s strong finish in her first major competition reflects her quiet passion for saber and her frequent training with Santa Fe’s Northern New Mexico Fencing Foundation,” LAFC coach Tom Hill said. “(Coach Dominic Peterson’s) steady coaching of her has been an important factor in her success.”

Both Hill and Peterson had solid showings at the meet as well. Peterson was 11th in the open saber competition and Hill finished 33rd out of 71 entered into the open epee event.

Also in the open epee, LAFC’s Seth Longo was 41st and Jack Stafurik was 54th.

LAFC fencers are planning to attend the Duel in the Desert, which will be held in January in Las Vegas, Nev.