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We will be updating our annual “Best Fencing Clubs” and “Fencing Club of the Year” lists after the completion of the 2017 National Championships & July Challenge which run from Saturday, July 1 to Monday, July 10. We plan to publish our 2016-2017 lists, along with our age-gender-weapon rankings in late July. Be sure to check back in to see if your club made the 2016-2017 lists.   

“Fencing Club of the Year”- 2015-2016

To qualify for a “Fencing Club of the Year” designation, a club had to rank #1 in Top 8 medal points for the set of National Domestic Point Competitions for one of 30 age-gender-weapon categories. Clubs awarded our “Fencing Club of the Year” designation for 2015-2016 are listed in the accompanying table. Of the twenty-two (22) clubs which qualified in 2015-2016, eight qualified in two categories. They included Alliance Fencing Academy-TX, (Youth Men’s Epee and Cadet Men’s Epee), Bergen Fencing Club-NJ, (Cadet Women’s Saber and Senior Women’s Saber) and Los Angeles International Fencing Center-CA, (Junior Men’s Epee and Junior Women’s Epee.

Other clubs with multiple qualifications included Manhattan Fencing Center-NY (Junior Men’s Saber and Veteran Women’s Saber), Silicon Valley Fencing Center-CA, (Youth Men’s Foil and Junior Men’s Foil) and Nellya Fencers, GA (Youth Men’s Saber and Cadet Men’s Saber).

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

Category

Fencing Club

Notable Fencers

Youth Men’s Foil  Silicon Valley Fencing Center, CA Ashton Daniel & Yaroslav Muruhin
Youth Men’s Saber  Nellya Fencers, GA Kamar Skeete & Nicholas Harvey
Youth Men’s Epee  Alliance Fencing Academy, TX Isaac Herbst & Michael Bissinger
Youth Women’s Foil  San Francisco Fencers’ Club, CA Audrey Hirschman & Hikaru Takagi
Youth Women’s Saber  Oregon Fencing Alliance, OR Sophia Cheema & Siobhan Sullivan
Youth Women’s Epee  New York Fencing Academy, NY Caralina Khrol & Jaclyn Khrol
Cadet Men’s Foil Massialas Foundation (M Team), CA Michael Li & Kenji Bravo
Cadet Men’s Saber Nellya Fencers, GA Andrew Sun & Erwin Cai
Cadet Men’s Epee Alliance Fencing Academy, TX Sean Wilson & Eliot Herbst
Cadet Women’s Foil Bluegrass Fencers’ Club, KY Stefani Deschner
Cadet Women’s Saber Bergen Fencing Club, NJ Casey Chan & Brenda Yang
Cadet Women’s Epee Toronto Fencing Club, ON Cindy Gao
Junior Men’s Foil Silicon Valley Fencing Center, CA Geoffrey Tourette & Sidarth Kumbla
Junior Men’s Saber Manhattan Fencing Center, NY Benjamin Natanzon & Thomas Slawinski
Junior Men’s Epee Los Angeles International Fencing Center, CA Charles Horowitz & Jake Raynis
Junior Women’s Foil Fencing Academy of Westchester, NY Sylvie Binder & Liana Semel
Junior Women’s Saber Premier Fencing Academy, CA Daniella Timofeyev & Victoria Zhang
Junior Women’s Epee Los Angeles International Fencing Center, CA Catherine (Kasia) Nixon
Senior Men’s Foil Massialas Foundation (M Team), CA Alexander Massialas & Gerek Meinhardt
Senior Men’s Saber New York Athletic Club, NY Jeff Spear & Evan Prochniak
Senior Men’s Epee New York Athletic Club, NY James Moody & Jason Pryor
Senior Women’s Foil Fencers  Club, NY Nicole Ross & Sara Taffel
Senior Women’s Saber Bergen Fencing Club, NJ Sage Palmedo & Celina Merza
Senior Women’s Epee New York  Athletic Club, NY Kelley Hurley & Holly Buechel
Veteran Men’s Foil Denver Fencing Center, CO John Kissingford & Nathan Anderson
Veteran Men’s Saber Virginia Academy Of Fencing, VA Philip Sbarbaro Esq & Chris Matt
Veteran Men’s Epee DC Fencers Club, MD Jeffrey Snider & Kazimieras Campe
Veteran Women’s Foil Rockville Fencing Academy, MD Elizabeth Merritt & Lynnette Whitt
Veteran Women’s Saber Manhattan Fencing Center, NY Frauke Berman & Donna Pepe
Veteran Women’s Epee Northwest Fencing Center, OR Christina Ford & Suzanne Brown Marx

Source: National Fencing Club Rankings, LLC

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).

The 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., 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 the #1 ranked club for Top 8 medal points in its category. Its 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 2015-2016 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 2015-2016 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. The Rolling National Fencing Club Championships for 2016-2017 can be found here.  The final championships will be announced after the Summer Nationals in July 2017.

“Fencing Club of the Year”- 2014-2015

Out of 186 fencing clubs that made NFCR’s “Best Fencing Clubs” rankings in 2014-2015, just 14 made the cut for the prestigious “Fencing Club of the Year” award. These clubs account for about 2% of the almost 600 USFA Member clubs!  To qualify, a club had to rank #1 in Top 8 medal points for the set of National Domestic Point Competitions for an age-gender-weapon category. The “Fencing Club of the Year” list is provided in the accompanying table. Further information about the ranking process used to identify the “Fencing Club of the Year” can be found here.

The Alliance Fencing Club in Houston, TX was the #1 ranked club in the Top 8 medal points for four categories, Youth Men’s Epee, Youth Women’s Epee, Cadet Women’s Epee and Junior Men’s Epee and clearly wins the prestigious “U.S. Epee Fencing Club of the Year 2014-2015” award.

The Fencers Club, in Manhattan, NY followed as the # 1 ranked club in the Top 8 medal points for three categories, Cadet Women’s Foil, Junior Women’s Foil and Senior Women’s Foil and earns the “U.S. Foil Fencing Club of the Year 2014-2015” award.

Nellya Fencers, based in Atlanta, GA was the #1 ranked club in the Top 8 medal points for three categories, Youth Men’s Saber, Youth Women’s Saber and Cadet Men’s Saber. It wins the “U.S. Saber Fencing Club of the Year 2014-2015” title.

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2015 Senior World silver medalist and 2012 Olympian, Daryl Homer proudly displays Manhattan Fencing Center’s “Fencing Club of the Year 2014-2015” banner.

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Category

Fencing Club

Notable Fencers

Youth Men’s Foil Silicon Valley Fencing Center, CA Blake Broszus & Ashton Daniel
Youth Men’s Saber Nellya Fencers, GA Colby Harley & Christopher Walker
Youth Men’s Epee Alliance Fencing Academy, TX Isaac Herbst & Jonathan Piskovatskov
Youth Women’s Foil Massialas Foundation (M Team), CA Madeleine Nishimura & Sara Martos
Youth Women’s Saber Nellya Fencers, GA Himani Kalra & Lark Izenson
Youth Women’s Epee Alliance Fencing Academy, TX Jessica Thow & Ariana Rausch
Cadet Men’s Foil Silicon Valley Fencing Center, CA Geoffrey Tourette & Sidarth Kumbla
Cadet Men’s Saber Nellya Fencers, GA Andrew Sun & Erwin Cai
Cadet Men’s Epee North Shore Fencers Club, NY Mick Yamanaka & Ivan Zagoruiko
Cadet Women’s Foil Fencers Club, NY Samantha Viqueira & Natalie Yang
Cadet Women’s Saber Zeta Fencing, MA Violet Michel & Alexanda Gorman
Cadet Women’s Epee Alliance Fencing Academy, TX Giana Vierheller & Barbara Vanbenthuysen
Junior Men’s Foil Brooklyn Bridge Fencing Club, NY Sam Moelis & David Kong
Junior Men’s Saber Manhattan Fencing Center, NY  Jonathan Fitzgerald & Benjamin Natanzon
Junior Men’s Epee Alliance Fencing Academy, TX Anton Piskavatskov & Michael Popovici
Junior Women’s Foil Fencers Club, NY Samantha Viqueira & Sara Taffel
Junior Women’s Saber PDX Fencing, OR Malia Hee & Christina Boitano
Junior Women’s Epee DC Fencers Club, MD Amanda Sirico
Senior Men’s Foil Empire United Fencing, NJ Adam Mathieu & Brian Kaneshige
Senior Men’s Saber Manhattan Fencing Center, NY  Daryl Homer & Timothy Moorehouse
Senior Men’s Epee New York Athletic Club, NY  Jason Pryor & James Moody
Senior Women’s Foil Fencers Club, NY Nicole Ross & Sara Taffel
Senior Women’s Saber Bergen Fencing Club, NJ Francesca Russo & Celina Merza
Senior Women’s Epee New York Athletic Club, NY Courtney Hurley & Kelley Hurley

Source: National Fencing Club Rankings, LLC

 

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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.