NEW HAVEN, Conn. - On Monday, Apr. 26, junior foilist Nathaniel Botwinick competed at the fencing North American Cup in Virginia Beach, Va., in the foil Division I category. The North American Cups are a series of tournaments organized by the US Fencing Association. These tournaments give fencers from across the world the opportunity to fence others in similar ability/age competitions. Division I competitions are the precursors to and the qualifiers for the United States National Team, which is how the Olympic Team is chosen. Botwinick finished third in a field of almost 200 fencers, earning the Bronze medal. He lost only one bout all day, in the semifinal medal round to Andras Horanyi, who was the NCAA champion in 2007 and 2008.
What really makes this a special win is that less than a year ago after a devastating injury in practice, one orthopedic specialist told Botwinick that he would never fence again. This victory, combined with Botwinick's first-team All-Ivy League recognition and his All-American performance at the NCAA National Championships, is a tremendous finish to the spring fencing season. Botwinick will be part of a group of 12 fencers representing the United States at a World Cup in Montreal in May, and will also be attending the United States Division I National Championships in Atlanta.