When did you start fencing and what first got you interested?
I began fencing the summer entering my freshman year of high school, at fourteen. Dancing ballet six days a week, I never imagined doing anything else. But, my friend’s mom read that fencing was a good way to get into college; I got dragged along as a joke. I was hooked and my friend was, well, not!
Did you do any other sports before fencing?
Before fencing, like I said, I did ballet.I had tried some other sports (basketball and soccer) when I was younger – they were not for me.
What is your top fencing result? When is your next competition?
My top fencing results are second place as a Cadet at the Junior Olympics and fifth place as a Junior at the Summer Nationals. This July I will be fencing in the Junior event at summer nationals.
What’s it like fencing in National Competitions?
I absolutely love national competitions! The atmosphere is much more competitive and you can learn something from everybody there. It is also wonderful meeting and becoming friends with people around the country.
What are your college plans?
Next year I am going to Temple University in Philadelphia. It is a Division 1 fencing school so practices will take up a large amount of time. I also plan on studying English or Journalism.
What would you like to say to younger girls who are starting out in fencing?
Don’t be intimidated by any of the boys, or any older fencers for that matter. Nothing will help you improve like fencing someone better than you, so don’t be nervous to ask!
You can learn more about Rachael by reading this 2011 Wicked Local interview of her.