Fighting Till The End

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Jessica Salinas Fencing at Nationals

Jocelyn Swanlund

“Last summer at Nationals, after a long week, I was fencing in my last event before it was all over. I was fencing a direct elimination, which means to lose after only one loss, to about 15. During this, you only have three periods of three minutes to do so. With 0.9 seconds left in my last period, we were tied 11-11 so I decided to try and end it there, thinking that I would be able to pull it off and win to move on. Unfortunately, I lost the point by a close move and was out of the tournament losing 11-12. However, it is funny to look back on because my coach never lets me forget that I hold the club record for losing in the smallest amount of time and so I have yet to live that down.” –Jessica Salinas