Member clubs are reminded that their proposed 2015-16 competition schedules are due Saturday 8/1. Events held July 1-Oct 31 will be first-come / first-approved, so send those in asap. For more information on what to submit, when, and how, visit the Competition Sanctioning FAQs page.
The following board has been nominated for the 2015-2016 season:
Chair: Rachel Fedde
Vice Chair: Jonathan Bartlett
Secretary: Patrick Durkan
Treasurer: Ellen Heasley
As always, any current member is welcome to attend a division meeting or share their input by e-mailing any of the board members. Anyone wishing to contest the Nominating Committee’s slate by running for one of the positions should submit a petition by email in the required format to email@example.com. Petitions must be received by July 31st, 2015.
The Metropolitan Division Championships & July Challenge Qualifiers were held on Sunday, 4/12. For information on the 2015 Championships & July Challenge in San Jose, CA please visit USA Fencing’s JOs event page.
Dinallo Robert A. – DV2ME – DV3ME
Dolgonos Mark – Y14ME
Jones Rebekah – DV2WE
Lanzman Anna Bela – DV2WE – DV3WE – Y14WE
Mufel Andrew – DV3ME
Polkovsky Dylan Sergey – Y14ME
Post Jason – Y14ME – DV2ME – DV3ME
Sam Kayli – Y14WE – DV3WE
Sikarevich Joshua – DV3ME
Smith Calvin – DV3ME
Temiryaev Alan Leo – DV2ME
Zhao Vivian – Y14WE – DV2WE – DV3WE
Ahmad Eliya – Y14WF
Ascione D’elia Adam – DV2MF – DV3MF
Banin Isabelle – DV2WF – DV3WF
Chapman Lucas – Y14MF – DV2MF – DV3MF
Farraj Hussein – DV2MF – DV3MF
Field Miles – DV2MF
Gilioli Alexia – DV2WF – DV3WF
Gordon-Sand Spencer – DV3MF (auto)
Kang Andrew – DV2MF
Kasim Kadeema – DV3WF
Lee Michael – DV2MF
McDonald Caroline – Y14WF
McIntosh Michael – VETMF
Poliakov Vlad – DV3MF
Price Jacob – DV3MF
Prince Nicholas J – Y14MF – DV3MF
Ramdas Marco – Y14MF
Russell Judy – DV3WF
Shlovsky Eric – DV3MF
Sternlicht Rachael – DV3WF
Sylvester-Chin Zoe – Y14WF
Vanni Filippo – DV3MF
Zambrano Jessenia – DV2WF
Bienvenu Camille – Y14WS – DV3WS
Bienvenu Juiszelle – Y14WS
Chu Kevin – VETMS
Dragon Rainer – DV2WS – DV3WS
Eisman David – DV3MS
Hilado Sarah – DV3WS – Y14WS
Hofing Benji – DV2MS – DV3MS
Kaufman Bradley – DV3MS
Miller Ian – DV2MS
Morozov Masha – DV2WS – DV3WS
O’Shaughnessy Remi – DV3WS
Perlmutter Lorenzo – Y14MS
Sussman Caleb – Y14MS
Tuckman P J – DV2MS
Witek Bernard – DV3MS
Witek Sophie – DV2WS – DV3WS
Wood Elden – Y14MS
This information is provided solely as a courtesy to our members; in the case of any discrepancy this listing does not form basis for appeal. If you have any questions, please refer to the organizer of your qualifier for clarification.
Metropolitan Division Nationals Qualifiers are scheduled for Sunday, April 12.
The Nationals and July Challenge will be held in San Jose, California, June 27 – July 6.
Going to Qualifiers? READ THIS!
- You absolutely, positively, must be a Metropolitan division member in order to compete in these qualifying events. You should bring your USA Fencing card to the event with you (we will be verifying, on-site, against the latest national membership listing). If you are listed on USA Fencing’s national membership list as belonging to another division, we absolutely, positively, will not let you compete. Who you contacted, what they said, and/or what mistakes were made by you or USA Fencing do not matter. Your having missed your own division’s qualifying event, or failed to qualify through it, does not entitle you to attend the Metropolitan division’s qualifiers. If there is a legitimate issue, make sure the National Office fixes it beforehand or notifies the Metropolitan officers DIRECTLY.
- Foreign fencers are not allowed to fence as they may not compete at Nationals! Any fencer who is a citizen or permanent resident who has represented another country in the last three years is NOT eligible for any USA FENCING National Championship competition, individual or team, including corresponding Division qualifying competitions. A foreign fencer who is in the US on a visa is NOT eligible to fence in any National Championships or the Division qualifying competition. Otherwise, permanent residents are eligible; please bring your proof of residency along with your USA Fencing membership card. Your Membership card should say Metropolitan Division, not Egypt, Ukraine, France, or anywhere else!
- Every event requires registration by a specific date via AskFRED. To register, click “Register” next to the event you want to register for and you will be taken to the AskFRED registration system. After you register, confirm that your name appears under the correct events in the “Whose Pre-registered” list in AskFRED.
- You must show up for any events you register for, even if the number of registered competitors is less than the number of available qualifying spots. Fencers, even those that have registered, who do not appear in time for their events will be scratched and will not be submitted as a qualified competitor to the national office. The number of entered competitors, their placements in the event and/or the number of available qualifying spots will not be taken into consideration.
- BE THERE and BE ON TIME. If you have any problems registering, please immediately contact the club which is hosting that event. As outlined by the National Office, attendance at an out of town school is not a valid excuse. We will be highly unsympathetic towards any excuses short of natural disaster, war and/or death (and for those at war, you technically belong to the National Division, so even that won’t work!).
- Ok, ok, but how do I know if I qualified? Visit the USA Fencing event page for the guidelines of qualification paths. Generally speaking the host of your qualifier should let you know, and we’ll post the qualifying fencers here within a week or so after the qualifiers are held, or feel free to email the division to check your qualification status.
This week, Metro NYC Division member Holly Buechel has launched an IndieGoGo campaign for her fencing documentary, Fencing For The Edge. This fundraising campaign is offering perks involving other NYC fencers, tax-deductible receipts, and digital downloads of the completed film. Fencing For The Edge is a feature competition documentary that follows one fencing season in New Jersey and the stress of high school life. Freshmen with no experience join the team and learn the basics of the sport of fencing. With the juniors and seniors, college is on the horizon and the students are trying to stand out on their college applications. Winning isn’t everything but after following four teams throughout the season, Bernards and Columbia remain and fence off in the finals! We see the students grow and learn not just a new sport, but they learn how to support each other, communicate, and bond as a family. Learn more about the film and support the campaign >
More than 300 of the world’s best sabre fencers will compete in one of the most prestigious events on the international circuit when the Absolute Fencing Gear® New York Sabre Grand Prix is held from Dec. 13-14.
The first sabre Grand Prix of the season will feature the world’s best fencers from more than 30 countries, including Russia, Ukraine, Italy, France and Korea. Preliminary and direct elimination rounds will be held at the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge. Semifinal and final rounds will take place at the historic Grand Prospect Hall.
Saturday, 13 December 2014 – New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge
- 07h30 – Weapons Control & Registration Opens
- 09h00 – Women’s Sabre start of the pools to qualification table
- 14h00 – Men’s Sabre start of the pools to qualification table
- 08h00 – Weapons Control Opens
- 09h00 – Direct Elimination table of 64 Women’s Sabre
- 13h20 – Direct Elimination table of 64 Men Sabre
- 19h00 – Start of the semifinals Women’s and Men’s Sabre
- 20h30 – Start of the finals for Women’s and Men’s Sabre
Tickets are required for semifinals and finals at the Grand Prospect Hall, $25 available at the door (we hope). Preliminary rounds at the Marriott are free.
Bekker, Sam – U17ME
Burovsky, Michael – U20ME – U17ME
Cebula, Anne – U20WE – U17WE
Dinallo, Robert A. – U17ME
Dolgonos, Melanie – U17WE
Hedvat, Alexis S. – U17WE
Jones, Rebekah – U20WE – U17WE
Sikarevich, Joshua – U17ME
Smoak, Omari – U20ME – U17ME
Tanibajeva, Rachel L – U20WE – U17WE
Wallace, Katherine – U17WE
Wong, Peye – U20WE Auto
Yang, Nicholas – U20ME – U17ME
Banin, Alexandra – U20WF – U17WF
Berger, Noe A – U20MF – U17MF
Farraj, Hussein – U20MF
Gordon-Sand, Spencer – U20MF
Hom, Meghan E – U17WF
Lee, Annora – U17WF Auto
Parker Kiki, Kianna – U20WF – U17WF
Poncet, Sarah – U20WF – U17WF
Rainford, Rebekah Elizabeth – U17WF
Sternlicht, Rachael – U17WF
Vanni, Filippo – U17MF
Burke, Nora – U19WS, U16WS
Buteau, Mitchell – U17MS
Cebula, Naomi – U19WS, U16WS
Chu, Devin – U17MS
Gets, Matthew – U17MS
Gokea, Siegfried – U19MS
Hofing, Benji – U19MS, U17MS
Morozov, Masha – U17WS
Oh, Jason – U19MS, U17MS
Sweetra, Elizabeth – U17WS
Witek, Sophie – U19WS, U16WS
Whang, Rebecca – U17WS
Wood, Vance – U19MS, U17MS
This information is provided solely as a courtesy to our members; in the case of any discrepancy this listing does not form basis for appeal. If you qualified for juniors and meet the age requirements, you also qualify for cadets. If you have any questions, please refer to the organizer of your qualifier for clarification.
Fencing in the Schools is hosting a Casino Night benefit on Nov 18 in NYC. This nonprofit organization now has 10,000 children now fencing in lower-income communities fencing across the country.
Fun prizes include Giants vs. Cowboys suite seat tickets, among others.
The Metropolitan Division is deeply saddened at the loss of one of our own this week.
USA Fencing lost a member of its Olympic family recently when Kamara James (Queens, N.Y.) passed away in Modesto, Calif.
At just 19-years-old, James represented Team USA as one of the youngest fencers at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens as the only U.S. women’s epee fencer to qualify for the Games.
“Kamara James was one of the brightest, precocious, self-assured young people I ever met. From her time as a very young fencer at the Peter Westbrook Foundation to her years at Princeton as an accomplished Olympian she remained warm, caring and confident,” said USA Fencing President Donald K. Anthony Jr. (Columbus, Ohio) “Kamara’s untimely passing leaves our fencing community very saddened and her spirit, charm and wit will be dearly missed.”
The Sabre Grand Prix will be held in Brooklyn, NY on December 13-14, 2014. The National Office is looking for local volunteers to help out. If you’re available for any time — a few hours or full day(s) — please contact Christine Simmons for more information. We will post more information as it becomes available.