Freshman Iain Demarest is embracing the tradition of superb fencers who attend Valley Catholic. Competing in the USA Fencing Association North American Cup, which was held in Portland in December, Iain tied for third place in division 2 saber fencing. After winning his first national medal and earning a “B17” rating, Iain can no longer fence in Division 2 events. But, as his proud mother noted, “What a way to go out!”
Iain’s next major competition will be the Junior Olympic Championships, which will be held in Memphis, Tennessee, from February 16-19. He has qualified to fence in both the Cadet (under 17 years old) and Junior (under 20 years old) events and that competition will officially close out his first Cadet season.
A member of the Oregon Fencing Alliance, Iain has been fencing competitively – both domestically and internationally – for just under four years. He is coached by U.S. National Women’s Sabre Coach Ed Korfanty (who also coached Valley Catholic alum and Olympic gold medalist Mariel Zagunis), Valley Catholic alum and All-American fencer Marten Zagunis, and Oregon Fencing Alliance Assistant Coach Adam Skarbonkiewicz.
Congratulations to Iain on his valiant performance in the North American Cup – and good luck at the Junior Olympic Championships!