By Shania Kuo
Oyster Bay’s Rachel Kowalsky has set a milestone by making the All-Long Island Fencing Team for Women’s Epee and earning her spot as number one in Nassau County for Epees.
For the last two years, Rachel has shown outstanding promise and dedication in fencing. During the season, she fences for the school from 4:00-6:00 pm and then attends club at H3 from 6:30-9:00 pm. Since Rachel is dedicated to her academics as well, her schedule is rigorous.
As to be expected, Rachel is ecstatic about being number one in the county. She states, “The girls this year were really tough competitors, and many are my friends whom I see at the tournaments.”
For many high school fencers, the competition is intimidating and can even demoralize a team. However, Rachel has always kept a positive attitude.
Rachel’s talent is paired with a humble attitude. Her skill easily warrants bragging rights, but when asked about her success, she shifted the focus onto those around her. She stated, “I want to thank my coaches and administration for supporting the Oyster Bay Fencing Team because it is a great group of people.” She attributes her success to the team, her coaches, and her family.
Rachel was also proud to congratulate Coach Bruckner’s record of 300 wins.
Still a sophomore, Rachel has two more years to grow her list of accolades. She has recently placed in the top eight of the Brentwood Holiday Tournament, and the Baymen can’t wait to see what accomplishments she will achieve in the future.
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