Taking place from June 30 to July 9 in Phoenix, Ariz., this prestigious event brings together top talent from coast to coast to compete for national titles and glory. So how does a fencer secure their spot at this season-ending tournament? Here’s what you need to know.
The format for this tournament is madness indeed: In each weapon, every student-athlete fences every student-athlete in a series of five-touch bouts. That’s 24 fencers in 23 bouts apiece over two grueling days. Consider it the largest pool round you’ve ever seen.
Earlier this month in Columbus, Ohio, USA Fencing launched its Fencing for Everyone initiative, powered by Leon Paul. This new effort aims to make the sport of fencing more accessible by bringing it to cities across the United States through school programs and parks and recreation departments.