COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — They’ve trained relentlessly, crisscrossed the globe and taken on some of the country’s — and the planet’s — top fencers. When the dust settled and the points were counted, these select few found themselves on top.
We now know five of the six squads (all but Women’s Foil) who will represent Team USA at a pair of important international competitions later this year: the Pan-American Senior Championships and the FIE Fencing World Championships.
These athletes will face the best from around the world as they seek to bring home medals and cement their places in the fencing world.
The Women's Foil team selection process is still underway, with two FIE tournaments remaining before the final roster is set. The Plovdiv World Cup in Bulgaria (May 5–7) and the Shanghai Grand Prix in China (May 19–21) will determine the four members of Team USA's Women's Foil squad.
As for the 20 athletes being named today, they’ve shown determination, skill and sportsmanship throughout the qualification period. And their passion for the sport and drive to succeed have been inspiring to watch.
Our Senior World Team athletes will represent Team USA at the:
2023 Pan-American Senior Championships (Zonals): June 14–21 in Lima, Peru
2023 FIE Fencing World Championships: July 22–30 in Milan, Italy
At these tournaments — and other FIE competitions both before and after throughout the qualification cycle — these fencers will fight for spots on the 2024 Paris Olympic team. The experience and results gained at the Pan-American Senior Championships and the FIE Fencing World Championships will be crucial for these athletes as they aim for Olympic glory.
Here’s the team and how they qualified.
All season long, Team USA athletes have traveled the country and the globe to face off against the best athletes in the nation and the world.
These domestic and international tournaments present an opportunity for fencers to earn qualification points. The higher a fencer places in a tournament, the more points they earn. This process is made more interesting by something called the “strength factor” multiplier. Tournaments with a tougher field of competitors are worth more points.
For fans, following along is easy. At USA Fencing, we “show our work” when calculating these points, so fans always know where fencers rank.
You can start by consulting the point charts in the Athlete Handbook to know the value of each finishing position. You can also check the Selection Criteria page for even more information. Then visit USA Fencing’s Current Point Standings page. Here, you get a complete look at each fencer’s point totals, updated the Monday after a weekend tournament. For the Senior World Team discussed in this post, find the weapon you want and look for the PDF that includes the words “Sr Team.”
Let’s look at the qualifying path of women’s saber fencer Elizabeth Tartakovsky as an example. Tartakovsky earned a total of 6,857 points — enough to finish ranked first in her weapon. She earned those points as follows:
Group I: 737 points
Sum of the two highest points earned at Division I NAC events, the 2023 Division I National Championship and competitions in Group II not included in the Group II sum.
368.5 points: 20th place, October 2022 NAC
368.5 points: 20th place, January 2023 NAC
Group II: 6,120 points
Sum of the four highest points earned at designated Senior World Cup and Grand Prix competitions and the 2022 Senior World Championships
2,040 points: Bronze medal, Tashkent World Cup
1,656 points: 7th place, Sint-Niklaas World Cup
1,224 points: 14th place, Tunis Grand Prix
1,200 points: 16th place, Orleans Grand Prix
Sum of Group I and II: 6,857 points
The athletes below are listed in order of their final ranking in the point standings.
Kat Holmes OLY:
Eli Dershwitz OLY:
Lee Kiefer OLY:
Jackie Dubrovich OLY:
Alexander Massialas OLY:
Gerek Meinhardt OLY:
Nick Itkin OLY:
Miles Chamley-Watson OLY:
Eli Dershwitz OLY: Gold Medal and World Championship
Colin Heathcock: 24th place
Andrew Doddo: 50th place
Mitchell Saron: 16th place
Kat Holmes OLY: 72nd place
Isis Washington: 39th place
Kasia Nixon: 34th place
Anne Cebula: 15th place
Women’s Epee — Team (Isis Washington, Kasia Nixon, Anne Cebula, Hadley Husisian): 10th place
Men’s Saber — Team (Eli Dershwitz, Colin Heathcock, Andrew Doddo, Mitchell Saron):
Men’s Saber — Team (Eli Dershwitz OLY, Colin Heathcock, Andrew Doddo, Mitchell Saron): Bronze Medal
Men’s Epee — Team (Dylan Nollner, Stephen Ewart, Tristan Szapary, Samuel Imrek): 22nd place
Women’s Foil — Team (Lee Kiefer OLY, Jackie Dubrovich OLY, Lauren Scruggs, Maia Weintraub):
Women’s Foil — Team (Lee Kiefer OLY, Jackie Dubrovich OLY, Lauren Scruggs, Maia Weintraub): 4th place
Women’s Saber — Team (Elizabeth Tartakovsky, Magda Skarbonkiewicz, Maia Chamberlain, Tatiana Nazlymov)
Men’s Foil — Team (Alexander Massialas OLY, Gerek Meinhardt OLY, Nick Itkin OLY, Miles Chamley-Watson OLY)
Women’s Saber — Team (Elizabeth Tartakovsky, Magda Skarbonkiewicz, Maia Chamberlain, Tatiana Nazlymov): 7th Place
Men’s Foil — Team (Alexander Massialas OLY, Gerek Meinhardt OLY, Nick Itkin OLY, Miles Chamley-Watson OLY): 4th Place