Rio Olympic bronze medalist Monica Aksamit will fence in Anaheim as the top seed in the Div I women's saber event. Photo Credit: Serge Timacheff / FIE.
(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – The new North American Cup circuit season will get its start in Anaheim, Calif. this weekend when more than 2,200 fencers go for gold at the October NAC.
The four-day tournament begins on Friday in Hall D of the Anaheim Convention Center and includes Division I, Division II, Cadet and Wheelchair events. Competition runs from 8 a.m. until approximately 8 p.m. All events are free and open to the public.
At least five members of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team are expected to fence in the Division I events, including:
The October NAC will mark the first competition for all five fencers since the Senior World Championships were held in July and will be a key qualifier for the 2018 Senior Worlds in Wuxi, China.
For the wheelchair fencers, the October NAC will serve as a tuneup for the Wheelchair World Championships which will be held from Nov. 7-12 in Rome, Italy.
Two Paralympians will be among those competing in Anaheim. Four-time Paralympian Gerard Moreno (Los Angeles, Calif.) and two-time Paralympian Joey Brinson (Florence, Miss.) will both be competing in the wheelchair men’s foil and saber events.
The October NAC also will include more than 1,000 athletes fencing in the Cadet events for U17 athletes.
This tournament is the first North American Cup of the 2018 Cadet World Championships qualification season and six members of the 2017 Cadet World Team will be among those to watch in Anaheim, including:
Southern California is home to several of the nation’s best fencing clubs and the October NAC will serve as a chance for hundreds of fencers to compete at a national tournament in their backyard.
Among the past U.S. team members competing in Anaheim will be the following fencers from Southern California competing in the Division I events:
Visit http://www.usafencing.org/2017octnac for the complete athlete roster and full schedule.
Competition schedule is as follows (Note: All times are start times):
Friday, Oct. 13
Division I Women’s Foil
Division II Men’s Saber
Division II Women’s Epee
Wheelchair Men’s Epee
Division I Women’s Saber
Wheelchair Women’s Epee
Division I Men’s Epee (Day 1 Preliminary Rounds)
Saturday, Oct. 14
Cadet Men’s Foil
Wheelchair Men’s Foil
Cadet Women’s Saber
Wheelchair Women’s Foil
Division I Men’s Epee (Day 2 Preliminary Rounds – Finals)
Division II Women’s Foil
Cadet Women’s Epee
Sunday, Oct. 15
Cadet Men’s Epee
Division II Men’s Foil
Wheelchair Men’s Saber
Division I Men’s Saber
Wheelchair Women’s Saber
Cadet Women’s Foil
Division II Women’s Saber
Division I Women’s Epee (Day 1 Preliminary Rounds)
Monday, Oct. 16
Division I Men’s Foil
Division I Women’s Epee (Day 2 Preliminary Rounds – Finals)
Cadet Men’s Saber
Division II Men’s Epee