Friday, 18 September 2009 00:00
Clifford Fishler, 17, a senior at Great Neck South High School, joined the United States Fencing Team for the World Maccabiah Games, placing in the top 8 for the individual epee event which included many highly ranked world fencing competitors. Every four years, the United States brings hundreds of athletes for various athletic events, with a total of 8500 athletes from 60 countries in this Olympic style event. The 17-member fencing team included mostly Division 1 colleges that competed against the skilled Russian, Israeli, and German teams. Clifford was a silver medalist in the team event.
Clifford trains and competes for the New York Athletic Club in Manhattan. Clifford won Division 2 Nationals last summer and was ranked in the top 16 fencers in the United States under 17 age category. Cliff qualified and competed internationally with a team of the top U.S. fencers this year in Gothenburg, Sweden and Bonn, Germany. His coach is Yefim Litvan and previous coach Arpad Horvath. He has been varsity since freshman year at Great Neck South and is three-time Nassau County Individual Epee champion.
In order to compete in the Maccabiah games in Israel, Clifford missed participating in events he worked hard to qualify for at this year’s Summer Nationals including Division I/Senior “20 and up,” NYAC Junior Team, Under 19 and Division 1A. However, this was Cliff’s first opportunity to visit Israel and represent the United States on a national team. Part of the three-week visit for Team USA included an amazing week of organized touring and sightseeing with the other athletes.
Cliff is looking forward to his last year at Great Neck South and hoping for a good season at the under 19 and Division 1 national circuits.