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The Performance of US Fencing Clubs at the World Championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan 2015

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Fencers at World Championships

Thirty-five (35) members of Team USA competed in the 36 individual events at the 2015 Cadet and Junior World Championships held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan in early April. With the crowning of three World Champions in Tashkent, it was another successful year for Team USA: Sam Moelis in Cadet Men’s Foil, Eli Dershwitz in Junior Men’s Saber, and Sara Taffel in Junior Women’s Foil.  Geoffrey Tourette in Cadet Men’s Foil, Sylvie Binder in Cadet Women’s Foil and Sage Palmedo in Junior Women’s Saber also won bronze medals.

Given the excellent performance of Team USA’s six medalists, it is worth examining how well the entire team performed. The six medals accounted for almost 17% of Team USA’s placements.   One third of our athletes finished in the Top 8, almost 53% finished in the Top 16 and three-quarters finished in the Top 32. Much credit is due to the athletes but also to their coaches and clubs.

Interestingly, the 35-team members came from 20 clubs located throughout the US from Oregon in the Northwest, to Los Angeles, Houston, Atlanta, New York, Boston and Louisville and Chicago in the Midwest. It is a testament to the strength of US fencing that our team came from so many clubs scattered throughout the nation.

Clubs are not “officially” represented at the Worlds but, de facto, they are, as the athlete’s personal club coach often attends these events. In addition, the clubs are eager to publicize their athlete’s selection in the national team and the results their fencers achieved at the Worlds. So how did the clubs perform? Based on a simple weighted point system adopted by the USFA for its national point systems we ranked the performance of athletes by their club representation. In several cases, athletes were “unattached” reflecting NCAA’s requirements. In these cases, we assigned the club representation before the athlete headed off to college. The calculations are designed to reward fencers commensurate with their placement. There are bigger point jumps between DE rounds (for example between a fencer placed 9th and one who placed 8th, due to the fact that the 8th placed fencer went to the next level in the DE bracket. We use the USFA’s point tables to determine points per place for each category of national point competitions.

The #1 club based on athlete performance at the World Championships is Zeta Fencing, the powerhouse saber club based in Natick, MA, as illustrated in the accompanying table. The club fielded four athletes who placed 1st, 12th, 28th and 40th. With a 1st and 7th place, Brooklyn Bridge Fencing Club ranked second. Ranked third was Fencers Club based in Manhattan, NY with a 1st and 21st placing.

Ranking of USFA Clubs at Cadet & Junior World Championships, Tashkent, Uzbekistan, 2015

Fencing Club Points
Zeta Fencing, MA 192.25
Brooklyn Bridge Fencing Club, NY 169.00
Fencers Club, NY 144.50
Alliance Fencing Academy, TX 122.75
Peter Westbrook Foundation, NY 121.00
Bergen Fencing Club, NJ 96.50
Silicon Valley Fencing Center, CA 95.50
Fencing Academy of Westchester, NY 85.00
Oregon Fencing Alliance, OR 85.00
Bluegrass Fencers’ Club, KY 80.50
Massialas Foundation (M Team), CA 69.50
Cardinal Fencing Club, CA 69.00
Los Angeles International Fencing Center, CA 58.25
Olympian Fencing Club, TX 53.00
Lucchetti Fencing USA, NJ 52.00
DC Fencers Club, MD 50.00
Nellya Fencers, GA 34.50
Rhode Island Fencing Academy & Club, RI 31.50
Windy City Fencing, IL 31.00
Northern Colorado Fencers, CO 29.00

Source: National Fencing Club Rankings, LLC based on an analysis of FIE results and statistics. Points were awarded based on placements, 1st = 100, 2nd = 92,…..64th = 4.75 etc.

The Cadet team performed marginally better than the Junior team in all three weapons, while the foil team outperformed the saber and epee teams as illustrated in the table above.

Ranking of Team USA by Weapon at Cadet & Junior World Championships, Tashkent, Uzbekistan, 2015

Weapon Cadet Junior Total
Foil 382.00 352.00 734.00
Saber 310.50 248.25 558.75
Epee 162.75 128.25 291.00
Total 855.25 728.50 1583.75

Source: National Fencing Club LLC, Rankings based on an analysis of FIE results and statistics. Points were awarded based on placements, 1st = 100, 2nd = 92,…..64th = 4.75 etc.

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