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Athlete of the Issue: Klaryssa Cobian

Ariely Aragon

In the world of fencing, senior Klaryssa Cobian has emerged as a shining star. Cobian’s journey from a JV fencer to varsity excellence is a story of perseverance and skill development. Her commitment to the sport, indomitable spirit and positive influence on her team have made her a standout athlete at Poly.

Cobian began her fencing journey as a junior varsity fencer, but her determination to excel was evident from the very beginning. Last season, she secured the silver medal for the JV women’s team, foreshadowing a remarkable ascent in her fencing career. This season, she made the strongest finish of her fencing career at Poly’s Gryphon Fencing South Coast Tri meet in Santa Ana. Dominating the pool rounds with a record of 5-1, she carried over her success into the elimination games, winning three in a row and finishing in the semifinals, earning her bronze.

What sets Cobian apart from her peers is her balanced approach to the sport. She plays a well-rounded game, both offensively and defensively. Head coach Laura Holmgren described her offensive technique: “She attacks at the right time with high accuracy.”

Defensively, Cobian’s quick parry-four ripostes are a testament to her technical acumen. Her ability to read her opponents’ moves and respond swiftly with a counterattack has made her a formidable force on the fencing strip.

However, Cobian’s contributions extend beyond her individual achievements. She embodies the qualities of a good teammate, always willing to assist and encourage her fellow fencers.
Holmgren said, “She is a supportive teammate – always willing to help out younger fencers [and] promote team spirit.”

Cobian’s dedication to the team and the sport has fostered a sense of camaraderie and unity among her peers. In a sport that often has an individualistic reputation, Cobian stands out as a beacon of teamwork and cooperation.

One of Cobian’s teammates, senior Milla Chavez, said, “She is the kind of teammate who can be diligent and intelligent while also bringing positivity to practice. Her patience and determination have made her a role model for younger players on the fencing team.”

Fellow teammate and senior Beyonce Maldonado added, “Klaryssa constantly brings a great energy. Her upbeat and supportive attitude keeps the team motivated throughout practice. It’s been great fencing with her for the past three years.”

As the 2023 fencing season comes to an close, it is clear that Cobian will leave an indelible legacy as a dedicated athlete and an exemplary teammate in the Poly fencing program.

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