“Fencing Club of the Year”- 2016-2017

To qualify for a “Fencing Club of the Year” designation for 2016-2017, a club had to either, i) rank #1 in Top 8 medal points for the set of National Domestic Point Competitions for one of 30 age-gender-weapon categories, or ii) rank # 1 in points in designated Cadet, Junior, and Senior International Competitions for one of 18 age-gender-weapon categories.

Clubs awarded our “Fencing Club of the Year” designation in one of 48 categories are listed in the accompanying tables. In all 23 clubs were awarded our “Fencing Club of the Year.”  The Manhattan Fencing Center, NY qualified in seven categories, followed by New York Athletic Club, NY which qualified in five categories. Next, was the Fencers Club, NY which qualified in four categories, followed by Massialas Foundation (M Team), CA, Alliance Fencing Academy, TX and Fencers Club of Arizona, AZ, all qualifying in three categories.

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Manhattan Fencing Center’s Foil Coach, Nellya Sevostyanova in front of the clubs “Fencing Club of the Year” banner.

"Fencing Club of the Year" - National Domestic Point Competitions 2016-2017

CategoryFencing ClubNotable Fencers
Youth Men’s FoilFencing Academy of Westchester, NYZachary Binder & Lucas Lutar
Youth Men’s SaberNellya Fencers, GACody Ji & Colby Harley
Youth Men’s EpeeNew York Fencing Academy, NYSkyler Liverant & Ian Goldfine
Youth Women’s FoilSilicon Valley Fencing Center, CAAnastasia Yankovskiy & Skylar Knight
Youth Women’s SaberManhattan Fencing Center, NYRebecca Whang & Ashley Yang
Youth Women’s EpeeMedeo Fencing Club, NJJessica Lin & Sarah Gu
Cadet Men’s FoilMassialas Foundation (M Team), CAKenji Bravo & Rishi Ranadive
Cadet Men’s SaberBergen Fencing Club, NJSaron Mitchell & Roscoe Swartz
Cadet Men’s EpeeAlliance Fencing Academy, TXMichael Bissinger & Isaac Herbst
Cadet Women’s FoilFencers Club, NYLauren Scruggs & Delphine Devore
Cadet Women’s SaberManhattan Fencing Center, NYVeronica Czyzewski & Elizabeth Tartakovsky
Cadet Women’s EpeeLos Angeles International Fencing Center, CACaroline Nixon & Catherine Beddingfield
Junior Men’s FoilMassialas Foundation (M Team), CAJulian Knodt & Michael Li
Junior Men’s SaberManhattan Fencing Center, NYKarol Metryka & Benjamin Natanzon
Junior Men’s EpeeAlliance Fencing Academy, TXSean Wilson & Nicolas Wilson
Junior Women’s FoilFencers Club, NYLauren Scruggs & Delphine Devore
Junior Women’s SaberFencers Club of Arizona, AZKara Linder & Gillian Harrill
Junior Women’s EpeeAlliance Fencing Academy, TXGiana Vierheller & Barbara Vanbenthuysen
Senior Men’s FoilBrooklyn Bridge Fencing Club, NYSamuel Moelis & Joseph Marino
Senior Men’s SaberManhattan Fencing Center, NYBenjamin Natanzon & Karol Metryka
Senior Men’s EpeeNew York Athletic Club, NYJacob Hoyle & Alexander Tsinis
Senior Women’s FoilFencers Club, NYNicole Ross & Kelleigh Ryan
Senior Women’s SaberBergen Fencing Club, NJFrancesca Russo & Anne-Elizabeth Stone
Senior Women’s EpeeNew York Athletic Club, NYKelley Hurley & Katherine Holmes
Veteran Men’s FoilDenver Fencing Center, CONathan Andersonh & John Kissingford
Veteran Men’s SaberVirginia Academy Of Fencing, VAPhilip Sbarbaro & Geroge Christopher Matt
Veteran Men’s EpeeDC Fencers Club, MDTheodore Pary & Kazimieras Campe
Veteran Women’s FoilRockville Fencing Academy, VAEliabeth Merritt & Marsha Reichman
Veteran Women’s SaberInfinity Fencing Alliance, NJJane Eyre & Ellen O'Leary
Veteran Women’s EpeeDC Fencers Club, MDValerie Asher & Lisa Dobloug
Source: National Fencing Club Rankings

Concentration of Expertise

Peter Westbrook Foundation was the only club to qualify for our “Fencing Club of the Year” in two weapons. This bears testament to the degree of specialization in our sport. While there are a number of multi-weapon clubs among the finalists, it appears that most clubs concentrate on and become an expert in one weapon. Ten foil clubs captured the #1 ranking in 16 categories, with Fencers Club, NY taking four, Massialas Foundation (M Team), CA taking three and Silicon Valley Fencing Center, CA qualifying in two categories.

The expertise is a little more concentrated in epee with eight clubs capturing the #1 rank in 16 categories. The New York Athletic Club, NY leads the pack with 5 qualifications, followed by the Alliance Fencing Academy, TX with three. The DC Fencers Club, MD, and Los Angeles International Fencing Center, CA are tied in third place with two qualifications.

The concentration of expertise is most marked by saber where six clubs capture the # 1 ranking in 16 categories. The Manhattan Fencing Center, NY captured seven of the 16 # 1 rankings. The club was followed by Fencers Club of Arizona, AZ with 3 # 1 rankings, and Bergen Fencing Club, NJ and Nellya Fencers, GA, each with two # 1 rankings.

"Fencing Club of the Year" - International Designated Point Competitions 2016-2017

CategoryFencing ClubNotable Fencers
Cadet Men’s Foil5 T Fencers Club, NYAndrew Machovec & William Palazzolo
Cadet Men’s SaberNellya Fencers, GAChristopher Walker & Raymond Zhao
Cadet Men’s EpeeNew York Athletic Club, NYRyan Griffiths & Cedric Mecke
Cadet Women’s FoilFencers Club, NYDelphine Devore & Lauren Scruggs
Cadet Women’s SaberFencers Club of Arizona, AZKara Linder & Gillian Harrill
Cadet Women’s EpeeNew York Athletic Club, NYGreta Candreva & Ariana Mangano
Junior Men’s FoilSilicon Valley Fencing Center, CAGeoffrey Tourette & Sidath Kumbla
Junior Men’s SaberManhattan Fencing Center, NYKarol Metryka & Benjamin Natanzon
Junior Men’s EpeeSchoolhouse Fencing, UTWesley Johnson
Junior Women’s FoilPeter Westbrook Foundation, NYIman Blow
Junior Women’s SaberFencers Club of Arizona, AZKara Linder & Gillian Harrill
Junior Women’s EpeeLos Angeles International Fencing Center, CACatherine Nixon & Catherine Beddingfield
Senior Men’s FoilMassialas Foundation (M Team), CAAlexander Massialas & Gerek Meinhardt
Senior Men’s SaberManhattan Fencing Center, NYDaryl Homer & Benjamin Natanzon
Senior Men’s EpeePeter Westbrook Foundation, NYBenjamin Bratton & Adam Rodney
Senior Women’s FoilBluegrass Fencers' Club, KYLee Kiefer & Stefani Deschner
Senior Women’s SaberManhattan Fencing Center, NYDagmara Wozniak & Monica Aksamit
Senior Women’s EpeeNew York Athletic Club, NYKelly Hurley & Courtney Hurley
Source: National Fencing Club Rankings

Long considered the Capital of U.S. Fencing, New York State is home to eight “Fencing Club of the Year” recipients for 2016-2017. It is followed by California and New Jersey with two recipients apiece.

“Fencing Club of the Year” Digital Badge

 

Further information about the ranking process used to identify the “Fencing Club of the Year” can be found here. The annual cycle for the Youth competitions begins with the Y14 NAC in October/November and finishes with the following Y10, Y12 and Y14 National Championships in June/July.

The cycle for the Cadet events begins with the July Challenge and ends with the following Junior Olympic Championships in February. The July Challenge reflects age eligibility as specified by the FIE for the next World Cadet Championships (i.e., between the ages of 13 and 16 as of January 1 prior to the next World Cadet Championships).

“Fencing Club of the Year” Digital BadgeThe cycle for the Junior competitions begins with the July Challenge and finishes with the Junior Olympic Championships in February. The July Challenge age eligibility is in accordance with the FIE age criteria for the next World Junior Championships (i.e., the fencer must be between the ages of 13 and 19 as of January 1 of the year of the next World Championships). The annual cycle for Senior competitions begins with the Division 1 events at the July Challenge and ends with the Division 1 National Championships in March. The annual cycle for Veteran competitions begins with the Veteran events in December and ends with the Veteran National Championships in June/July.

Receiving a “Fencing Club of the Year” designation reflects the highest honor for a club for it is either a #1 ranked club for Top 8 medal points in one of  30 domestic age-gender-weapon categories or a #1 club in points in one of 18 age-gender-weapon categories in designated Cadet, Junior, and Senior International Competitions.  It’s respect among competitors and its “bragging rights” are well deserved! The ultimate way to show off your “Fencing Club of the Year” selection is with one or more of the customized marketing and communication tools created exclusively for NFCR’s 2016-2017 honorees. Make the most of making the list! Further details can be found here.

Readers are also encouraged to review our National Fencing Club Championships for 2016-2017 for USA Fencing National Tournament season. The Championships rank all clubs by the total number of medals won by Top 8 fencers at National Tournaments held throughout the year.

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President and Head Coach of Zeta Fencing, Zoran Tulum and Junior Sabre Coach, Matthew Zich with student fencers proudly display Zeta Fencing’s “Fencing Club of the Year 2014-2015” banner.