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USA Fencing Recognizes Athletes Who Earned Ratings in December

01/28/2019, 9:15am CST
By Kristen Henneman

(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – More than 400 athletes earned new USA Fencing ratings during the month of December with athletes representing 211 clubs throughout the nation.

Athletes included 185 épée fencers, 145 foil fencers and 106 saber fencers with ratings awarded as follows:

  • A: 39
  • B: 75
  • C: 73
  • D: 96
  • E: 153

More than 120 fencers earned a rating at the December North American Cup in Cincinnati, Ohio, with several Veteran World Championship Team members renewing their ratings.

Seven-time Vet World individual medalist Liz Kocab (Farmington Hills, Mich.), two-time Vet world individual medalist Bill Becker (Saint Augustine, Fla.) and 2018 Vet World Team member Marek Wyszynski (Forest Hills, N.Y.) each earned their A18.

Epeeists Cristina Gordet (Coral Gables, Fla.), Thomas Henzler (Houston, Texas), Tanya Hurley (Hillsborough, N.J.) and Carola Schmid (Seattle, Wash.) – who combine for nine Vet World Championship appearances – all earned their B18. Rita Comes (Portola Valley, Calif.), who won bronze in saber at the 2013 Veteran World Championships, also earned her D18 in épée.

In the Division I events, 2013 Senior World Championship Team member Alex Tsinis (Little Neck, N.Y.) and four-time Junior and Cadet World Team member Axel Kiefer (Lexington, Ky.) each renewed their A18 as well.

Five athletes earned a rating in more than one weapon. Aaron Cook (Crown Point, Ind.) secured a D18 in foil and an E18 in épée at the Fall Brawl while Sean Holmes (Oxford, Miss.) earned his E18 in épée and saber at The Gathering, giving him a rating in all three weapons. Thirteen-year-old Hannah Donderis (Apopka, Fla.) claimed her E18 in both foil and saber at the Stoccata Youth Duel, and Krystle Bates (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and Nolan Taylor (Venetia, Pa.) each earned their E18 in both épée and foil at the Tiger E-Under 2018.

The youngest to earn a rating in December was 11-year-old Gabriele Gebala (San Jose, Calif.), who earned her D18 in foil at The Fencing Center RYC, while Gaby Weisz (CAN) earned his E18 in foil at the December NAC at the age of 76.

Fencers Club and Denver Fencing Center led the way with seven ratings each in December, and they lead the tally for most ratings in the 2018-19 season with 37 and 27, respectively. With 26 ratings, Alliance Fencing Academy ranks third among clubs.

2018-19 Leading Clubs

Club Ratings
Fencers Club 37
Denver Fencing Center 27
Alliance Fencing Academy 26
Fencing Academy of Westchester 24
Medeo Fencing Club 20
Battle Born Fencing Club 20
Olympic Fencers Club 18
Salle Mauro Fencing Academy 18
Massialas Foundation (M Team) 18
Olympia Fencing Center 17
Academy of Fencing Masters 17
Manhattan Fencing Center 17
LA International Fencing 17

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