Q&A: Senior works way up to become top fencer

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Q&A: Senior works way up to become top fencer

Senior Arthur Andreev [fourth from left] at the American Challenge in Madison, New Jersey on Oct. 6 2019.  Andreev tied for third in the Div 1-A Men's Épée event.

Senior Arthur Andreev [fourth from left] at the American Challenge in Madison, New Jersey on Oct. 6 2019. Andreev tied for third in the Div 1-A Men's Épée event.

Courtesy Arthur Andreev

Senior Arthur Andreev [fourth from left] at the American Challenge in Madison, New Jersey on Oct. 6 2019. Andreev tied for third in the Div 1-A Men's Épée event.

Courtesy Arthur Andreev

Courtesy Arthur Andreev

Senior Arthur Andreev [fourth from left] at the American Challenge in Madison, New Jersey on Oct. 6 2019. Andreev tied for third in the Div 1-A Men's Épée event.

Kayla Albers, Staff Writer

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Senior Arthur Andreev, who’s been a fencer since he was eight, has worked hard to earn his A rating (the highest rating possible) and plans to continue his passion in the future.

What got you interested in fencing?

“I didn’t really have a choice. I was eight and my parents signed me up, and then I just like doing it.”

What is your proudest fencing accomplishment?

“Probably earning my A rating, which is just basically the highest classification you can get… it was years of work, training five plus days a week.”

Is it hard to balance school with your sport?

“Yes. I fence in Concord, so during the weekdays it’s about an hour drive with traffic, because 495 is always backed up, and then a half hour drive home, so an hour and a half is just driving there. And outside of that we have anywhere between two to three  hours of practice, so out of every single day it’s at least four to five hours gone out of four out of five of the weekdays.”

Do you plan to continue fencing throughout and/or after college?

“Yeah. I really want to fence in college. The fact that I earned my A means that I most likely will be fencing in college… I’ve been doing it for so long and it’s what I love to do.”

How have your fencing experiences helped or impacted you in your daily life?

“[The fencing experiences have taught] persistence… If you don’t understand something, going back, you learn from your mistakes. And I guess you do the same thing in life; you don’t want to treat everything like it’s the worst thing that ever happened… you go back, look at it, and then you improve instead of just getting frustrated for failing.”

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