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Teaneck Grad To Represent US At 2012 Olympics

THS, Princeton grad heads to London.

A township resident and graduate has qualified and will represent the United States in fencing at the 2012 Olympics in London.

Maya Lawrence will represent the individual and team epee events, according to a news release issued Tuesday. Lawrence was third in the national championships, held in Virginia Beach, Va.

“Maya is member of the first US women’s epee team to win a medal at a World Cup,” the release said. “The team won a silver medal in St. Maur, France, the last Olympic qualifying event for the 2012 Olympic Games.”

Lawrence was a member of U.S. World Championship and National Teams in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2011.

In 2008, she was named to the World Championship Team, but did not fence because of a torn ACL. Despite injuries and surgery, she continued fencing on an elite level.

Lawrence, 31, who graduated from THS in 1998, started fencing in her sophomore year. She graduated from Princeton University in 2002 where she was on the All-Ivy and All- American teams. In 2007, she received a master’s degree from Teachers College, Columbia University, in the English As a Second Language program.

She now trains in Paris and is coached by Maitre Daniel Lavavasseur. She was coached by Fairleigh Dickinson University Coach Roger Cummings and former Princeton University Coach Michael Sebastiani.

Lawrence has worked for the Teaneck Recreation Department and is the daughter of Teaneck High School’s head fencing coach, Pat Lawrence.

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Barbara Ley Toffler April 18, 2012 at 12:42 PM
So proud of our Teaneck students!!!
Charelle Wilson Hanley April 18, 2012 at 08:29 PM
Which one is Maya?!
ASC April 19, 2012 at 03:13 AM
A wonderful role model as a student and athlete and we are so happy for Maya and her family! Congratulations! Enjoy and we will be rooting you on. Joe and Anne Cassidy
Noah Cohen April 20, 2012 at 04:24 AM
Maya is on the right
DMAB6395 April 20, 2012 at 08:56 AM
Congratulations, Maya!!! All of Teaneck is proud of you & we will be watching & cheering you on in the Olympic games. This is going to be such an exciting time in your life & something that you will remember for the rest of your life. Congratulations & see you in the summer at the Olympics!!!
Bob & Joyce May 07, 2012 at 02:41 AM
Maya, what a blessing you are to your family,Teaneck, and the USA! We are excited for you! Congratulations and Godspeed! Our prayers go with you... Mr. & Mrs. Giddens

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