Mt. Prospect fencing club's sisters bring home 5 medals

 
Submitted by Agnieszka Wiosna and Jim Auchinleck
Posted10/13/2015 2:30 PM
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  • Sisters Nikita and Geeta Jhangiani came back from fencing's 2015 Daugherty Cup with five medals between them.

    Sisters Nikita and Geeta Jhangiani came back from fencing's 2015 Daugherty Cup with five medals between them. Courtesy of Illinois Fencers Club

Eight young fencers from the Illinois Fencers Club attended the Daugherty Cup Regional Open Circuit and Regional Junior Cadet Circuit in St. Louis. They brought home a total of 14 medals from the event.

Evan Stauber won first place, Division II, Men's Epee and finished fifth in Cadet Men's Epee, while Andrew Vold added to his gold medal in Cadet Men's Epee with a third-place finish in Cadet Men's Foil.

Sisters Nikita and Geeta Jhangiani came back from St. Louis with five medals between them. Geeta won the gold medal in Division II, Women's Epee and was third in Junior Women's Epee. Nikita placed third in both Division II, Women's Epee. The sisters tied each other for third in Cadet Women's Epee.

Nikita, 16, has been fencing for five and a half years. When asked what she likes about fencing Nikita said, "I like the individuality, the confidence I have when I do it, the rush of emotions when I win and even lose. I also like knowing that there will always be something to improve upon, because every opponent is different. And with every bout comes a new obstacle to overcome."

Nikita's sister, Geeta, 14, has been fencing for two and a half years. Geeta likes "that fencing is a sport that uses much more strategy and focus than any of the other sports that I have done before. It's a unique sport, and I only have to rely on myself since it's an individual sport. I'm completely immersed in the sport, and all the problems that I have in school and in life seem to come off my mind when I am fencing."

Evan Stauber, Jakub Nowak and Andrew Jin earned medals for fifth, sixth and seventh respectively, in the Junior Men's Epee event.

The Illinois Fencers Club promotes and teaches the Olympic sport of fencing to students of all ages and skill levels and provides a friendly venue for members to practice their sport. It is a member operated nonprofit sports association that has been serving beginning, recreational and competitive fencers for more than 40 years.

IFC offers affordable classes with high quality instruction for kids, youth, and adults in several skill levels and offers three clinics for advanced competitive fencers. The youth program provides athlete centered fencing instruction that teaches self-discipline and sportsmanship and fosters athletic, academic, and personal success.

While fencing is typically a costly sport, IFC is committed to providing access to the sport for reasonable fees. The current membership fee is $225 per year, providing the opportunity to fence seven-eight hours per week, 12 months a year.

Illinois Fencers Club is open to visitors Monday or Thursday evenings in the lower level of the Lions Recreation Center at 411 S. Maple St., Mount Prospect, just three blocks from the Metra station.

For information about the club, visit www.ifcfencing.org or at www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151541311928821&set=a. 10150734527983821.414545.61075428820&type=1. .

For additional information, contact Jim Auchinleck at jimauchinleck@yahoo.com

or call (267) 304-2878

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