The Blizzard of 2013 put it off for a couple weeks, but the other teams competing could not put an end to St. John’s Prep’s reign as fencing state champions.
The Eagles won 58 bouts to edge Concord-Carlisle, in the process capturing their ninth straight state championship.
Concord-Carlisle had 52 victories, and B.U. Academy placed third.
“It was a good team effort; that’s the thing I’m most pleased about,” said St. John’s Prep fencing coach Jim Carter. “They kind of put everything together in the morning and into the early afternoon. It was a good strong showing for us as a team.”
Ethan Smith went 9-0 at sabre during the team match portion, while Cedric Jean-Philippe (epee) and Joe August (foil) each went 8-1.
Sophomore Chris Collibee also fenced well throughout the day.
In the individual portion, Rory Burke took gold in epee and Dan Howlett took third in epee. David Batterman finished third in foil and Colin MacGregor was fourth in sabre.
“The turning point for us was in the 10th round when we came in against a very strong team from Buckingham, Browne & Nichols,” Carter said. “We won all three sabre bouts in that round with a very, very gutty come-from-behind victory. All three sabre bouts in that round were won by us, 5-4.”
PINGREE AT EIL CHAMPIONSHIPS: The Highlander girls team placed fourth while the boys took sixth place at the Easter Independent League championships at Wellesley College. Senior Nick Sweetser set a new school record while winning the 100 breaststroke (1:09.94) whiel Veronica Monteiro placed first in the diving. Junior Erin Cunningham’s second place finish in the 100 backstroke (1:02.47) also set a new school record as Pingree had 25 personal best swim times on the day out of 40 individual events.