Although it was her first time on the U.S. team, Maia Chan Chamberlain, 16, of Menlo Park finished seventh in the women's competition at the Sabre Cadet Fencing World Championship in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, on April 2.
"Maia was 2 touches from a bronze medal," said her mother, Lin Chan.
Maia Chan Chamberlain
She made the U.S. team by ranking second nationally after six months of competition that included six international and five domestic tournaments.
Maia began fencing at age 9 years. After she won a bronze medal at the 2007 Summer Nationals in San Jose nine months into the sport, her parents, Warren Chamberlain and Lin Chan, encouraged her to continue.