Fencing: Smith seventh at state championships

Liam Smith, a junior at Wilton High School, competed at the Connecticut High School Individual State Fencing Championships in New Haven over the weekend of March 7-8, finishing seventh out of 92 competitors in the men’s foil event.

The top eight finishers from six events were named a CT All-State Athlete by the Connecticut High School Fencing Association (CTHSFA).

Almost 350 fencers came from 65 schools across the state. Participants ranged from seasoned competitors with an ‘A14’ United States Fencing Association (USFA) rating to those who were unrated.

The field was led by Kyle Welch from Daniel Hand, who won the men’s foil event at this tournament.

Coming off his first-ever Junior Olympics in February, Smith was pleased to make the all-state team in men’s foil. He won all but one of his pool bouts, and beat second-seed Lucas Wetmore from Staples to make the round of eight, before losing, 15-12, to seventh-seed Faran Savitz of Greenwich.

“It was fun. We all know each other and are here to learn and improve,” Smith said.

He finished 28th at the tournament last year, and 34th in 2013.

Smith trains with Jeremy Goun at Candlewood Fencing Center and founded the Wilton High School Fencing Club as a freshman.

Fencing is a growing sport that sees relatively low representation in  County schools. By working closely with school administrators, he hopes to field a team at a state championships in the future.