Sophomore Earns Second in National Fencing Tournament
On December 17, Alan Zhou ’21 earned a second-place finish in Division II Men’s Épeé at the North American Cup Fencing Tournament, held in Cincinnati, Ohio at the Duke Energy Convention Center.
Training locally since age 11 at Team Touché Fencing, Alan first began competing in 2015. Last month, he was among 1,800 athletes from the U.S. and Canada who traveled to Cincinnati for USA Fencing’s North American Cup competition, which included “Olympians, World Champions and student-athletes ranging in age from 12 to 85,” according to the USA Fencing website.
Of the sport’s three disciplines—épeé, foil and saber—Alan particularly enjoys épeé, saying, “I love how fast-paced the sport is, and how it not only requires physical strength, but also demands strong mental readiness. I specialize in épeé because it fits me the most. I have more freedom in where I can hit my opponents and have more techniques and styles that I can hit them with. I also really like to meet so many new people during every tournament.”
Alan plans to continue training, noting, “One of my long-term goals is to join one of the best fencing teams in college where I can continue to enjoy the sport and learn even more techniques.”
The Bishop’s School is an independent, coeducational college-preparatory day school for students in grades six through twelve who live throughout San Diego County. Founded in 1909, the School is affiliated with the Episcopal church.