Three squads on the Fairfield co-op high school fencing team captured spots in the state team championships Saturday, led by the boys' epee squad, which took third in the state.
Led by Chris Dannhauser, Matt Love and George Whiteside, the epeeists swept host North Haven 5-0 in the battle for third. Earlier, Fairfield defeated Hopkins 5-1, before falling to Norwich Free Academy in the semifinals 5-4.
Each Fairfield epeeist lost only two bouts all day. Cheshire was the eventual champ.
The Fairfield girls' epee team placed eighth on the day, losing to Fitch 5-4, then dropping matches to East Lyme and St. Bernard's.
"I'm very proud of my fencers, for what they've accomplished, especially the girls' epee team. This was supposed to be a rebuilding year for them and they made it this far," said Fairfield Coach Jim Roberts, who led all three squads to the state championship in just his first year at the helm. "I couldn't be more proud because of all the work they've put in."
Fairfield's Whiteside won the individual high school state championship in epee, while Hintz earned a spot on the all-state team.
Saberists Drew Salko and Gabby Rotar-Crowe also earned all-state honors.