DURHAM, N.C. – The Duke fencing team received its first signee for the 2018-19 recruiting class as epeeist Ava Navarro signed her National Letter of Intent to compete for the Blue Devils last week.
A native of Frenchtown, N.J., Navarro is currently a senior at the George School, a boarding school in Newtown, Pa. As an epeeist, Navarro balances her time training between TigerZ Fencing Academy in Princeton, N.J., and the Fencers Club in New York, N.Y., working with Zoltan Dudas and Kornel Udvarhelyi.
A multiple Super Youth Circuit (SYC), Regional Open Circuit (ROC) and North American Cup (NAC) medalist, Navarro was also a back-to-back individual Independent Schools Fencing League (ISFL) scholastic league champion for the Masters School in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., prior to transferring to George.
As a freshman at Masters, she anchored the varsity girl’s epee squad to an undefeated season that also saw her named most valuable player (MVP), while tallying a 76-4 record over two years.
Last year, Navarro captured top-32 finishes in both junior and cadet events, and was part of a team that won the Cadet Women’s Epee competition in Milwaukee, Wisc. Additionally, Navarro captured silver in Division IA at the Brick City ROC in Rochester, N.Y., and represented the U.S. at an international cadet event in Grenoble, France. Navarro rounded out her cadet career ranked 28th in the country.
Named to the Absolute Fencing All-Academic First Team three consecutive years, Navarro is also an award-winning filmmaker and serves as a Senior Prefect in her dorm at the George School. Navarro served as the director of the film “Being Other” and captured honors in a student film festival. Navarro is currently in a two-year IB film class and plans to submit to more festivals this year.
Navarro will once again compete alongside Huda Aldadah, this time as a member of the Duke fencing team. Despite living in different states, Navarro and Aldadah have known each other through the US fencing circuit for years, and once teamed up as part of a composite team to win a national Y14 bronze when they were both in the Y12 class.