Maya Lawrence grew up in Teaneck, NJ and took up fencing as a sophomore at Teaneck High School.

While attending Princeton University as an undergraduate, Lawrence competed with the university’s fencing team and earned multiple All-American Honors and Ivy League Honors.

After Princeton, Lawrence made the national team in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2011 but never qualified for the Olympics. In 2012, she placed first in the Pan American Championships, earning her spot on the Olympic team.

Lawrence is currently the number 2 ranked fencer in the United States.

Lawrence will compete in her first Olympics in the Epee fencing event.

OLYMPIC UPDATE: Lawrence won her first round match but ultimately lost in the next round to Italian Rossella Fiamingo. As a part of the team Epee event, Lawrence played a crucial role when she took a late round lead in the bronze medal event against Russia. Lawrence and her teammates won the bronze medal in sudden-death overtime after the score was ties through nine rounds.