Zeiss, Louie Take Fencing Medals
Madison Zeiss, a 14-year-old 9th grader at Pacific Hills School and Brennan Louie, a 16-year-old LACES student in the 10th grade, defeated foil fencers from three states to win the tournaments at the Pacific Coast Championships.
Zeiss’s gold medal in Women’s Foil – Senior Division (ages 13 and up), made her one of the youngest Pacific Coast Champions in history. Louie’s gold medals were in Men’s Foil – Senior and Junior (ages 13-21).
LAIFC also won the Men’s Team event, which included Louie and two other LAIFC members.
The Pacific Coast Championships, which were held last month in Pasadena Center, welcomed nearly 700 competitors from California, Nevada and Hawaii. Competitions for both men and women were held in a variety of age categories and in all three fencing weapons: foil, epee and saber.
Both Zeiss and Louie are highly ranked nationally in their age groups. Zeiss earned her top-level “BA” national ranking at the age of 13, and is currently 2nd in the United States of fencers her age.
Louie achieved his “BA” rating in 2007 and is 15th nationally in his age group. Both fencers train at Los Angeles International Fencing Center in West LA and are coached by Misha Itkin.
Zeiss has been fencing for 7 years and her top results include: 1st in the Super Regional Youth Circuit, 15-and-under category, San Jose, in March; 2nd in North American Cup, 15-and-under category, Portland, Ore., in April 2008; 5th in 17-and under and 9th in 21-and-under at the Junior Olympics, Charlotte in February 2008; and 18th in the World Cup, 15-and-under category, Cabriese, France, December 2007. In addition, she is in the high honors program at Pacific Hills School and has been on the High Honor Roll every semester for 3 1/2 years.
Louie has been fencing for six years and entered this year’s PCC’s as defending champion in the Cadet division (age 13-17). He has earned many national and local fencing medals including an 8th place finish at the North American Cup this year.
He is also an honor student at Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies.