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2022 Summer Nationals: Day 5 Recap

07/06/2022, 11:30pm CDT
By Bryan Wendell

Jennette Starks-Faulkner hadn’t fenced in 12 years when she got a call from her friend and frequent on-the-strip rival Anne-Marie Walters. That phone call relaunched Starks-Faulkner’s fencing career and has now led to a 2022 national championship.

Jennette Starks-Faulkner (Connecticut Fencers Club) faces off against Anne-Marie Walters (Masters Fencing Club). (Photo by Serge Timacheff)

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Jennette Starks-Faulkner (Connecticut Fencers Club) hadn’t fenced in 12 years when she got a call from her friend and frequent on-the-strip rival Anne-Marie Walters (Masters Fencing Club).

Walters was looking for a training and travel partner and believed she had the perfect person for the job.

“I’m so thankful she made me come back. Because yes, you can do it forever,” Starks-Faulkner says. “And I when I came back, I realized how much I love the sport. It had nothing to do with the winning — it’s learning how to fence, understanding the theory behind what you're doing, understanding the beautiful movements that you see. Everything about fencing is great, and you could do it forever. I plan to do it as long as my body will allow me to.”

Starks-Faulkner showed no signs of slowing down on Wednesday in Minneapolis, earning a gold medal and national championship in Vet-60 Women’s Foil.

Her gold was one of 18 medals awarded on the fifth day of the 2022 USA Fencing National Championships and July Challenge, or Summer Nationals.

That included Veteran national championships won in all age classifications for women’s foil and men’s epee. 

In the Vet-50, Vet-60 and Vet-70 age categories, Summer Nationals was the last chance to earn qualifying points toward the Veteran World Championships this October in Croatia. 

To see who earned one of the coveted Top 4 spots, check out the team page.

In cadet competition, golds were secured by Liam Bas (Gutkovskiy Fencing Academy) in cadet men’s foil, Alexander Bezrodnov (Medeo Fencing Club) in cadet men’s epee, Janna N. Freedman (South Bay Fencing Academy) in cadet women’s saber and Katerina Lung (Moe Fencing Club LLC) in cadet women’s foil.

Speaking of cadets, women's saber athlete Jenna Shoman (Manhattan Fencing Center) finished pools with a rare perfect record — 30 touches for, none against.

Team event gold medalists included The Tri-State Troublemakers (veteran men’s saber), The Roses (veteran women’s epee), Reptilian Club Boyz (senior men’s saber) and Persuasian (senior women’s epee). 

Day 5 Results

Vet-40 Women’s Foil

Gold and National Champion: Inga Cho (Renaissance Fencing Club)

Silver: La Foscade-Condon Celine De (Moe Fencing Club LLC)

Bronze: Kathryn S. Pierrynowski (Research Triangle Fencing)

Bronze: Traci Sethre

5th: Selina Kaing (California Fencing Academy)

6th: Ida Choy (Seacoast Fencing Club)

7th: Polina S. McGrath (Renaissance Fencing Club)

8th: Soyeon Lippman (Salle Auriol Seattle)


Vet-50 Women’s Foil

Gold and National Champion: Jane P. Carter (Marx Fencing Academy / Tanner City Fencers Club)

Silver: Julie T. Seal (Valkyrie Fencing Club)

Bronze: Bonnie L. Hennig-Trestman (Research Triangle Fencing / Connecticut Fencers Club)

Bronze: Maria Panyi (Masters Fencing Club)

5th: Judith M. Bassik (Profencing)

6th: Darby A. Lytle (Lincoln Fencing Club)

7th: Margaret E. Kerr (Worcester Fencing Club)

8th: Nadia S. Dreyer (Nova Fencing Club)


Vet-60 Women’s Foil

Gold and National Champion: Jennette Starks-Faulkner (Connecticut Fencers Club)

Silver: Anne-Marie Walters (Masters Fencing Club)

Bronze: Nora Gutkovskaya (Gutkovskiy Fencing Academy)

Bronze: Georgina Love

5th: Allison F. Treloar (NMFC/Duke City Fencing)

6th: Suzanne Brown Marx (Northwest Fencing Center)

7th: Lynnette A. Whitt (Rockville Fencing Academy)

8th: Elizabeth (Badger) E. Merritt (Rockville Fencing Academy)


Vet-70 Women’s Foil

Gold and National Champion: Judith (Jude) A. Offerle (RedStar Fencing Club Chicago / University of Notre Dame)

Silver: Joanne B. Stevens (Fencers Club Inc.)

Bronze: Gemin Channing (Rockville Fencing Academy / Nazlymov Fencing Foundation)

Bronze: Patricia Lutton (Denver Fencing Center)

5th: Fay A. Vittetoe (Iowa City Fencing Center)

6th: Madelon M. Rosenfeld (Tim Morehouse Fencing Club / Fencers Club Inc.)

7th: Muriel C. Cawthorn (Rhode Island Fencing Academy and Club)

8th: Bettie J. Graham (Chevy Chase Fencing Club)


Vet-80 Women’s Foil

Gold and National Champion: Bettie J. Graham (Chevy Chase Fencing Club)

Silver: Mary A. Turzillo (On Target Fencing Team / Cyranos Place)


Vet-40 Men’s Epee

Gold and National Champion: Noah L. Zucker (Cobra Fencing Club LLC)

Silver: Yasser M. Eldarawani (Kaizen Academy LLC)

Bronze: Jonathan R. Bartlett (New York Athletic Club)

Bronze: Keith H. Lichten (East Bay Fencers Gym)

5th: Vadim Makmatov (Salle Auriol Seattle)

6th: Thomas Cheng (Stoccata Fencing Academy & Club / Penta Olympic Fencing Club)

7th: Scott E. Rostal (Twin Cities Fencing Club)

8th: Adam W. Maczik (Marx Fencing Academy)


Vet-50 Men’s Epee

Gold and National Champion: Mehmet Tepedelenlioglu (East Bay Fencers Gym)

Silver: Darren Barreiro (Atlantic Fencing Academy)

Bronze: Jeffrey H. Snider (DC Fencers Club)

Bronze: Tobias (Toby) T. Lee (Metro Tacoma Fencing Club)

5th: Aaron Gaines (No Fear Fencing / San Diego Fencing Center)

6th: Joseph H. Deucher (DC Fencers Club)

7th: Elsayed M. Emara (Fortune Fencing / Peoria Fencing Academy)

8th: Alex Rood (East Bay Fencers Gym)


Vet-60 Men’s Epee

Gold and National Champion: Rick Watrall (New York Athletic Club)

Silver: Dick Richards (DC Fencers Club)

Bronze: David Jensen (Fortune Fencing)

Bronze: Walter E. Dragonetti (Battle Born Fencing Club / Hooked On Fencing)

5th: Lou Mariani (The Fencing Center)

6th: Evan Ranes (Battle Born Fencing Club)

7th: John R. Varney (Salle Auriol Seattle)

8th: Timothy C. Glass (Ataba Fencing Club)


Vet-70 Men’s Epee

Gold and National Champion: Jere P. Bothelio (Academy of Fencing Masters (AFM) / Fortune Fencing)

Silver: Bruno Goossens (Oregon)

Bronze: John A. Moreau (Olympian Fencing Club)

Bronze: Daryl J. Taylor (Fortune Fencing)

5th: Jeff Spahn (The Phoenix Center / Rogue Fencing Academy)

6th: James L. Newsome (Tidewater Fencing Club)

7th: James E. Flint (Bucks County Academy of Fencing)

8th: Dwain Blakley (Alliance Fencing Academy)


Vet-80 Men’s Epee

Gold and National Champion: James (Jim) H. Adams (DC Fencers Club)

Silver: Richard (Dick) M. Dunlop (Illinois Fencers Club)

Bronze: Mark R. Henry (Chevy Chase Fencing Club)

Bronze: Jose M. Deolivares (Cardinal Fencing Academy)

5th: Tung-Shan (Fritz) Chang (NEMA Fencing Center)

6th: Victor (Vic) E. Bianchini (Spartak / Golden Sabre Academy)


Cadet Men’s Foil

Gold: Liam Bas (Gutkovskiy Fencing Academy)

Silver: Jayden C. Hooshi (East Coast Fencing Club)

Bronze: Richard Li (Star Fencing Academy)

Bronze: Castor T. Kao (Star Fencing Academy)

5th: Yonjae Kim (Top Fencing Club)

6th: Luao Yang (Renaissance Fencing Club)

7th: Jia Le Sean Ho (AIC Fencing Club)

8th: Jacob J Lee (Gutkovskiy Fencing Academy)


Cadet Men’s Epee

Gold: Alexander Bezrodnov (Medeo Fencing Club)

Silver: Luka E. Loncar (Olympia Fencing Center)

Bronze: Christopher Chong (Penta Olympic Fencing Club)

Bronze: Nicholas Jin (Fortune Fencing)

5th: Shwan Lee (Elite Fencing Academy (VA) / Elite Fencing Academy (GA))

6th: Ryan S. Jeyoon (Elite Fencing Academy (VA) / Elite Fencing Academy (GA))

7th: Ankith Prasad (Alliance Fencing Academy)

8th: Ethan Boroditsky (Medeo Fencing Club)


Cadet Women’s Saber

Gold: Janna N. Freedman (South Bay Fencing Academy)

Silver: Veronica Mika (Advance Fencing And Fitness Academy)

Bronze: Jenna Shoman (Manhattan Fencing Center)

Bronze: Kira R. Erikson (South Bay Fencing Academy)

5th: Aria F. Bevacqua (Manhattan Fencing Center)

6th: Grace Ker (Cardinal Fencing Club / Premier Fencing Academy LLC)

7th: Madison Duckett (Tim Morehouse Fencing Club)

8th: Sadhika Mulagari (The Fencing Center)


Cadet Women’s Foil

Gold: Katerina Lung (Moe Fencing Club LLC)

Silver: Emily Jing (Star Fencing Academy)

Bronze: Victoria Pevzner (V Fencing Club / LE CLUB TOUCHE)

Bronze: Yukari Takamizawa (Golden State Fencing Academy)

5th: Yunjia Zhang (Canada)

6th: Mikayla Chusid (Gutkovskiy Fencing Academy)

7th: Jia P. Chen (V Fencing Club / LE CLUB TOUCHE)

8th: Lydia Shen (Star Fencing Academy)


Veteran Men’s Saber — Team

Gold: The Tri-State Troublemakers (Michael F. Bacon, Stephen Dashnaw, Dmitri Kopylov and Ronald J. Thornton)

Silver: Bada$$ (William L. Becker, Jon Graff, George Kaouris and Louis V. Montorio)

Bronze: DC Gentlemen (Keith L. Baker, Joachim Creten, Steven D. Heck and Jeffrey E. Kallio)


Veteran Women’s Epee — Team

Gold: The Roses (Yuliya Ganser, Elizabeth (Liz) R. Kocab, Sandra M. Marchant and Sharrie A. Zafft)

Silver: Mid-Atlantic Marauders (Charlotta Bowie, Marie A. Lawson, Nicole P. Polanichka and Klaudia Shick)
Bronze: Salle Auriol Seattle Kraken (Monica M. Exum, Kundry E. Haberkern and Carola K. Schmid)


Senior Men’s Saber — Team

Gold: Reptilian Club Boyz (Jaden P. Callahan, Elian R. Freyre de Andrade, Justin R. Haddad and Jackson R. Mcbride)

Silver: Nazlymov Fencing (Lev C. Benavram, Andrei Nazlymov, Connor Woodward and Dylan P. Woodward)
Bronze: Blundering Fools (Gabriel A. Babayev, Vincent Q. Hong, Ryan Kim-Cogan and Colin Noble)


Senior Women’s Epee — Team

Gold: Persuasian (Ashley Luo, Kira Nguyen, Faith K. Park and Alexandra R. Wong)

Silver: San Diego Zoo (Karen Bei, Chloe K. Lavery, Christina Watrall and Renee A. Zuhars)

Bronze: AFMily <3 (1) (Audrey Chu, Natalie Brooke A. Gebala, Priscilla Y. Leang and Leehi Machulsky)

Tag(s): Updates  2022 Summer Nationals