Brief Victory for Teaneck Fencer at 2012 Olympics

Analyst offers “huge kudos” for local Olympian.

Olympic fencer Maya Lawrence, a Teaneck-native, will leave the London Olympics with one victory against Italy's Mara Navarria.

Although the No. 24 ranked Lawrence lost Monday in the next round to Italian epee fencer No. 7 Rossella Fiamingo, her victory comes after she overcame serious injuries to reach London. She beat the No. 9 ranked Navarria

“Huge kudos to Lawrence for attaining her dream,” NBC fencing analyst Jeff Bukantz said in an Associated Press report published early Monday. “Her perseverance should be an inspiration to every fencer.”

Lawrence, who graduated Princeton University and Columbia University Teachers College, at . At Princeton, she was on the All-Ivy and All-American teams.

She worked for the town’s recreation department and is the daughter of Teaneck High School’s head fencing coach, Pat Lawrence.

"I'm from Teaneck, a middle-class town," Lawrence said in a report on Yahoo.com. "It did affect my parents. Once I decided I wanted to go to competitions, they really supported me."

Detailed results are available at NBCOlympics.com

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Updated 6:20 p.m. Monday 

Art Vatsky July 30, 2012 at 11:05 AM
Makes one proud to be from Teaneck and to know a Teaneck High grad can rise to represent all 310 million Americans. Watch the video.
Diane Schwarz July 30, 2012 at 05:48 PM
Yay Maya! Yay Teaneck HS! Yay Pat Lawrence, fencing coach! Who'd a thunk it?
L.S. Dyer July 31, 2012 at 03:57 PM
Things like this could always happen if people would give their full surport to our public schools instead of just complaining about what can't be done. Just look at the people that have graduated from Teaneck HS and see what great sccomplisment we've had. I'm a proud parent of seven children who has gone thru the Teaneck school system and I've always felt that if you work with the teachers and show an interest (such as attending all school related activities) you and your children would reap the rewards. I sure have and I sure thank the school system for what my children accplished. All went to top flight colleges.
Diane Schwarz July 31, 2012 at 10:15 PM
Me too! Though only with 1 kid! He went on to graduate from Hampshire College, where he received a Mellon Foundation Scholorship to continue his Ed. Chose & got his MA from Princeton, then continued to Boalt School of law (Berkeley, Calif.) Teaneck HS has MANY great graduates!
Tamika August 05, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Congrats to Maya Lawrence and the US Epee team for winning a Bronze medeal in the team final!!!! Truly an inspiration!!


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