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Nathaniel Benzimra to Fence at Junior Olympics

Henry Harutunian. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Henry Harutunian. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – On Friday, Feb 12, freshman Nathaniel Benzimra will take part in the fencing Junior Olympics. Benzimra will be fencing in saber in the Junior category. The tournament will take place in Memphis and will last throughout the weekend. Benzimra, along with coach Henry Harutunian, will leave New Haven on Thursday.

The Junior Olympics are the are the national championships for junior and cadet fencers, and are the precursors for the Junior and Cadet World Fencing Championships. Fencers must qualify in order to be able to compete in the Junior Olympics. Benzimra will be the only Yale fencer to compete this weekend. He finished the 2009 season ranked 61st in the country for saber, and Friday will mark the first time since the end of that season that he will be competing nationally.

“The team wishes him luck and a safe trip,” said captain Andrew Holbrook. “We all have confidence in him and know how hard he has been working to prepare for this and Ivies. It’s a great opportunity for him to get in some high level experience before Ivies next weekend.”

Report by Arsi Sefaj ’11, Yale Sports Publicity