2015 Fencing Nationals & July Challenge Qualifiers

Metropolitan Division Nationals Qualifiers are scheduled for Sunday, April 12.

Epee – NY Athletic Club – info & registration >

Foil – Brooklyn Fencing – info & registration >

Saber – Manhattan Fencing – info & registration >


The Nationals and July Challenge will be held in San Jose, California, June 27 – July 6.

Further information on qualifying paths, venue, and more at USFencing.org >


Going to Qualifiers? READ THIS!

  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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!).
  6. 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.

Fencing Documentary Crowdfunding Now

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 >

New York Sabre Grand Prix Dec 13-14

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

Sunday, 14 December 2014 – New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge and the Grand Prospect Hall

  • 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.

Congratulations, Metro JO Qualifiers!

The Metropolitan Division JO Qualifiers were held on Sunday, 11/16.  For information on the 2015 Junior Olympics Championships in Richmond, VA please visit USA Fencing’s JOs event page.


EPEE QUALIFIERS

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

Full Epee qualifier event results >


FOIL QUALIFIERS

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

Full Foil qualifier event results >


SABRE QUALIFIERS

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

Full Sabre qualifier event results >


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.

 

Olympian Kamara James Passes Away at Age 29

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.”

Read more at Usfencing.org >

Junior Olympics Qualifiers

Metropolitan Division JO Qualifiers are scheduled for Sunday, November 16.

Epee – NY Athletic Club – info & registration >

Foil – Brooklyn Fencing – info & registration >

Saber – Manhattan Fencing – info & registration >


Junior Olympics information page on USA Fencing >


Going to JO Qualifiers? READ THIS!

  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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!).
  6. Ok, ok, but how do I know if I qualified? Visit the USA Fencing JOs 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.

2014 Hall of Fame Inductees

The Metropolitan Division salutes this year’s new members of the Fencing Hall of Fame, and particularly those who hail from our area!  Congratulations to:

  • Keeth Smart (Brooklyn, N.Y.), 2008 Olympic silver medalist
  • Erinn Smart (Brooklyn, N.Y.), 2008 Olympic silver medalist
  • Ivan Lee (Brooklyn, N.Y.), 2004 Olympian
  • James Melcher (New York City, N.Y.), 1972 Olympian
  • Alec Hern (New York City, N.Y.), coach of 1960 Olympic medalist Albie Axelrod
  • Hippolyte Nicholas (New York City, N.Y.), coach of the Fencers Club