Teaneck’s Maya Lawrence, U.S. Fencing Team Take Bronze
The local Olympian and her teammates beat Russia in a close match.
Teaneck fencer Maya Lawrence and her teammates on the U.S. Olympic fencing team grabbed their first bronze medal at the London games.
The Associated Press reports the American team beat Russia, 31-30. Lawrence was 1-1 in the medal match.
"I'm so happy, so excited we got a medal — it's great! I am speechless," Lawrence said in a report on USAToday.com
Last week, the No. 24 ranked Lawrence lost to Italian epee fencer No. 7 Rossella Fiamingo. She beat the No. 9 ranked Mara Navarria. Lawrence reached the Olympics after overcoming two serious injuries.
Lawrence, who graduated with honors from Princeton University and Columbia University Teachers College, started fencing in her sophomore year at Teaneck High School. She worked for the town’s recreation department and is the daughter of Teaneck High School’s head fencing coach, Pat Lawrence.