New Jersey fencing clubs are once again sending a large contingent of fencers to the USA Fencing National Championships and July Challenge (Summer Nationals). Billed as the world’s largest fencing tournament, the Summer Nationals will be held in Dallas, TX from June 29 – July 8, 2016.
This year’s tournament is expected to attract 350 fencers from 28 clubs in New Jersey. With many fencing in multiple events, New Jersey fencers are expected to generate about 811 fencer events, their second largest on record, eclipsed only by the Summer Nationals in Columbus, Ohio two years ago when they generated 955 fencer events. New Jersey is likely to account for almost 10% of this year’s entrants at the Summer Nationals. The contingent includes 40 of the 44 New Jersey fencers ranked in the Top 8 of their respective age/division categories with many poised for one of 78 individual titles at the premier domestic tournament of the year.
New Jersey Fencers Ranked in the Top 8 in National Rolling Point Standings 16th June 2016
|Name||National Rank||Age-Gender-Weapon Category||Club|
|Bak, Mikolaj||3||Junior Men's Saber||New York Athletic Club|
|Brykczynski, James V||2||V-70 Men's Foil||Bucks County Academy Of Fencing|
|Chusid, Renata M||2||Y12 Women's Foil||Gutkovskiy Fencing Academy|
|Cohen, Joseph||8||V-70 Men's Epee||Bucks County Academy Of Fencing - West|
|Cohen, Joseph||3||V-70 Men's Foil||Bucks County Academy Of Fencing - West|
|Delsoin, Chelsea C||6||Y10 Women's Saber||Cobra Fencing Club Llc|
|Drovetsky, Alexandra Michelle||6||Y10 Women's Epee||Medeo Fencing Club|
|Dvorin, Alexander||6||V-40 Men's Saber||Manhattan Fencing Center|
|Epply-Schmidt, Paul||4||V-50 Men's Foil||Bucks County Academy Of Fencing|
|Eyre, Jane E||1||V-60 Women's Saber||Infinity Fencing Alliance|
|Griffiths, Ryan||2||Cadet Men's Epee||Durkan Fencing Academy|
|Gutkovskaya, Nora||6||V-60 Women's Foil||Gutkovskiy Fencing Academy|
|Hadzic, Alen||4||Senior Men's Epee||Fencers Club Inc.|
|Haglund, George R||1||Junior Men's Foil||New York Athletic Club|
|Higgins, Sally||6||V-70 Women's Epee||Atlantic Fencing Academy|
|Higgins, Sally A||4||V-70 Women's Saber||Atlantic Fencing Academy|
|Hurley, Tanya J||5||V-60 Women's Epee||Princeton-Hillsborough YMCA|
|Komar, Sofia||2||Cadet Women's Epee||Medeo Fencing Club|
|Kopylov, Dmitri||4||V-50 Men's Saber||Lilov Fencing Academy|
|Lam, Justina||4||Y12 Women's Foil||Premier Fencing Club|
|Lawrence, John W||4||V-60 Men's Foil||Durkan Fencing Academy|
|Lewicki, Matthew F||8||Junior Men's Saber||Durkan Fencing Academy|
|Lilov, Neil||7||Y12 Men's Saber||Lilov Fencing Academy|
|Lin, Jessica Y||1||Y12 Women's Epee||Medeo Fencing Club|
|Liu, Charlene K||8||Junior Women's Epee||Medeo Fencing Club|
|Mangano, Ariana J||1||Y14 Women's Epee||New York Athletic Club|
|Mangano, Ariana J||4||Cadet Women's Epee||New York Athletic Club|
|Merza, Sarah||5||Junior Women's Saber||Bergen Fencing Club|
|Metryka, Karol||2||Junior Men's Saber||New York Athletic Club|
|Midgley, Janice M||2||V-60 Women's Epee||Medeo Fencing Club|
|Possick, Lola P||1||Y10 Women's Saber||Cobra Fencing Club Llc|
|Rhodes, Zander||6||Y12 Women's Foil||Lilov Fencing Academy|
|Saron, Mitchell S||2||Cadet Men's Saber||Bergen Fencing Club|
|Singh, Dayaal||8||Y10 Men's Foil||Lilov Fencing Academy|
|Stetsiv, Oleg||6||V-50 Men's Saber||Bergen Fencing Club|
|Swartz, Roscoe O||8||Cadet Men's Saber||Bergen Fencing Club|
|Tieu, May L||1||Y14 Women's Foil||Premier Fencing Club|
|Tieu, May L||3||Cadet Women's Foil||Premier Fencing Club|
|Vaiani, Nicole||8||Junior Women's Foil||Empire United Fencing|
|Welch, David T||8||V-40 Men's Saber||Renaissance Fencing Club|
|Woods, Jack H||2||Y14 Men's Foil||Lilov Fencing Academy|
|Wozniak, Dagmara I||3||Senior Women's Saber||Manhattan Fencing Center|
|Yuan, Wesley||5||Junior Men's Epee||Tigerz Fencing Academy|
|Yun, Maya||8||Y12 Wome's Saber||Advance Fencing And Fitness Academy|
In almost all age/division categories there is likely to be growth in New Jersey entrants this year compared to 2015, although in the case of Division 1, Cadet and Junior categories, year-over-year comparisons are difficult because of the significantly different qualifications paths to the Summer Nationals over the past three years.
Despite the equality of events by gender at the Summer Nationals and the tremendous gains in fencing participation made by girls and women in the past ten years, there is still a persistent gap in the enrollment figures between men and women. Men account for 58.9% and women 41.1% of New Jersey entrants, which is almost identical to the composition of the entire entrant group for the tournament.
The most popular weapon for New Jersey entrants is foil at almost 44% of entrants, followed by saber at 33% and epee at 23%. This compares with the total entrants where foil made up 37.4% of entries, followed by epee at 33.3% and saber 29.3%.
The Junior age group is the largest group of entrants for New Jersey fencers and accounts for just over 18% of entrants, whereas the Y14 age group is the largest group of entrants for the entire entrant group at just over 14%. New Jersey entrants are over-represented in Cadet, Junior, Division 1A and Division 1 events but are under-represented in Y10, Y12, Y14 and Division 111 events compared to total entrants. The state is also under-represented in V-40 and V-50 categories as illustrated in Graph 2.
Fencers from New Jersey plan to participate in 2.3 events on average compared to 2.2 events for the entire entrant group. A larger percentage of New Jersey entrants plan to enter two or more events compared to the total entrant group. About 25% of New Jersey entrants plan to enter only one event compared to about a third of total entrants as illustrated in Graph 3 below.
New Jersey’s contingent of fencers has a larger percentage of “A”, “B” “C” and “D” classifications compared to the total entrant population as illustrated in the accompanying table. Almost 21% have an “A” rating compared to 15.4% for the entire entrant pool.
|Classification||New Jersey||Total Entrants|
Currently there are about 48 fencing clubs located in New Jersey, of which 36 are USA Fencing Member clubs. Of the 36 clubs, 28 or 78% are likely to be represented at the Summer Nationals in Dallas. The top 10 New Jersey clubs with the largest number of registrants by weapon, along with the “Unattached or Unknown” category account for 82% of New Jersey entrants are ranked in Graph 4.
Bergen Fencing Club, a 2015-2016 recipient of our “Fencing Club of the Year” designation in two categories, Cadet Women’s Saber and Senior Women’s Saber, heads the list with 109 saber entrants. It is followed by Medeo Fencing Club, the largest epee club in the state with 104 entrants. The club is a 2015-2016 recipient of a “Best Fencing Clubs” designation for both foil and epee and is #1 Top 16 Placement Points Rank for Cadet Women’s Epee 2015-2016.
Medeo is followed by the Empire United Fencing club which is based in Union City, NJ with 75 entrants. A recipient of a “Fencing Club of the Year” designation in 2014-2015, Empire is a 2015-2016 recipient of a 2015-2016 “Best Fencing Clubs” designation and is ranked #2 in Top 8 Medal Points for Senior Men’s Foil in 2015-2016.