Armonk Fencer Wins Gold At National Championships

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Armonk's Sylvie Binder is one of several Westchester County fencers who won medals at the national championships in Anaheim, Calif. Photo Credit: Submitted by Jeffrey Binder/Armonk Fencing Club

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. – Several fencers from Westchester County earned medals at the North America Cup and National Championships in Anaheim, Calif.

Armonk’s Sylvie Binder, Katonah’s Greta Candreva and Scarsdale’s Polly Adler each earned gold medals in their respective events, while Michelle Verhave of Croton Falls earned silver and bronze medals.

The 13-year-old Binder, who will enter eighth-grade at H.C. Crittenden Middle School in Armonk this fall, placed first out of a field of 136 contenders in her age bracket. The first-place finish was the highest in Binder’s nearly six-year fencing career.

Candreva won the national crown in the Y10 women’s epee and now holds the No. 1 ranking in the United States for that event. She finished fifth in the Y10 women’s foil.

Adler placed first in the Y10 women’s foil.

Verhave, a 53-year-old dentist who lives in Croton Falls, finished in third place in the Vet 50 women’s foil and second in the Vet 50 women’s team foil event, the latter of which she accomplished with help from fencers from Pittsburgh, Texas and Tennessee.

Information from a submission by Jeffrey Binder/Armonk Fencing Club was used in this report.

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