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October NAC, Day 1 Recap: The New Season Kicks off With Seven Gold Medals

10/26/2023, 9:30pm CDT
By Nicole Kirk

As the new season kicks off, seven fencers brought home a gold medal creating lots of excitement and memories.

ORLANDO, Fl. -  The 2023-24 season officially kicked off with the October North American Cup held in Orlando, Florida from October 26-30. Seven fencers finished the day with a gold medal starting the new season strong.

There was lots of excitement at the first NAC of the season, celebrating victories and milestones. Tareq Alqallaf (Zeljkovic Fencing Academy) celebrated his gold medal win in Parafencing Men’s Epee as he tallied his 64th medal at a USA Fencing tournament.  

Gabriel McCarthy (Tim Morehouse Fencing Club) not only celebrated his win with a gold medal but gave shoutouts to his family, friends, and club after winning Division II Men’s Saber. “You train with me, help me get better, we grow together. Anyone who has ever helped me I just wanna thank!”

Jataya Taylor (Denver Fencing Center / Denver Fencing Foundation) took home gold in the Parafencing Women’s Epee competition. It was a new experience for Taylor as she only started fencing a year and a half ago and it was the first time she had ever fenced against her opponent in competition, Shelby Jensen (Valkyrie Fencing Club). 

She said “It was a learning curve itself, we both definitely came in not knowing what to expect,” when talking about fencing Jensen. “It was a great way to get started because I look up to her, I have learned a lot from her.”

The Division I Women’s Saber gold medal was earned by Elizabeth Tartakovsky (Manhattan Fencing Center). Tartakovsky started her day off with a bit of nerves, and simply needed to calm down to make her adjustments throughout the day. Now that the Olympic qualification period has started off strong for Tartakovsky, next up is the first world cup, and to “keep getting better.”

Day 1 Results


Division I Men’s Foil

Gold Medalist: Miles Chamley-Watson (LA International Fencing)

Silver: Gerek Meinhardt (Massialas Foundation (M Team) / Bluegrass Fencers' Club) 

Bronze: Andrew Chen (Bluegrass Fencers' Club) 

Bronze: Bryce Louie (LA International Fencing) 

5th: James Chen 

6th: Edriss Ndiaye 

7th: Marcello Olivares (University Of Notre Dame NCAA / Bluegrass Fencers' Club) 

8th: James Bourtis (New York Athletic Club / Rochester Fencing Club)


Division II Men’s Saber

Gold Medalist: Gabriel McCarthy (Tim Morehouse Fencing Club) 

Silver: Ian L. Greenbaum (Nellya Fencers) 

Bronze: Collin Chon (Globus Fencing Academy)

Bronze: Dylan P. Woodward (Scarsdale Fencing Center / Cobra Fencing Club LLC) 

5th: William Robinson 

6th: Elijah Kim (Globus Fencing Academy) 

7th: Julian Byon (Southern California Fencing Academy (SOCALFA)) 

8th: Jerry Gong (International Fencing Club)


Division II Women’s Epee

Gold Medalist: Sarah-Eve Lord 

Silver: Sarah Hepler (East Bay Fencers Gym / San Luis Highlanders Fencing Club)

Bronze: Yat Ching Lee (South Florida Fencing Club) 

Bronze: Meredith Carrier (Wasatch Fencing / Schoolhouse Fencing) 

5th: Baihan Liu 

6th: Jessie Wang (True Focus Sports Academy) 

7th: Anna Donges (Elite Fencing Academy (GA)) 

8th: Yanjun Jin


Parafencing Men’s Epee

Gold Medalist: Tareq Alqallaf (Zeljkovic Fencing Academy)

Silver: Abe Kaplan (Greensboro Fencing Academy / Invictus Fencing) 

Bronze: John (Scott) S. Rodgers (Denver Fencing Center) 

Bronze: Demy Jones (Valkyrie Fencing Club / Salt City Swords Fencing Club) 

5th: Nicholas Badeaux (Fencing Institute Of Texas / Invictus Fencing) 

6th: Emery Hood (Fencing Academy Of Philadelphia / Fencing Academy Of Philadelphia North) 

7th: Ryan Schmidke (Mission Fencing Center) 

8th: Cory Moses (Fencers Club Inc.)


Division II Women’s Foil

Gold Medalist: Renee Chen (Gutkovskiy Fencing Academy)

Silver: Chuxi Sheng (AIC Fencing Club)

Bronze: Hannah Du (Moe Fencing Club LLC)

Bronze: Siqi Wang

5th: Yu Ming Ge

6th: Sloane E. Paulus (Gutkovskiy Fencing Academy)

7th: Yuhe Li

8th: Jane Yu (Top Fencing Club)


Division I Women’s Saber

Gold Medalist: Elizabeth Tartakovsky (Manhattan Fencing Center)

Silver: Jenna Shoman (Manhattan Fencing Center)

Bronze: Kara Linder (University Of Notre Dame NCAA)

Bronze: Zoe Kim (Nellya Fencers)

5th: Magda Skarbonkiewicz (Oregon Fencing Alliance)

6th: Chloe Fox-Gitomer (Oregon Fencing Alliance / Princeton University NCAA)

7th: Honor Johnson (Bergen Fencing Club / Princeton University NCAA)

8th: Vera Kong (Columbia University NCAA / Southern California Fencing Academy (SOCALFA))


Parafencing Women’s Epee

Gold: Jataya Taylor (Denver Fencing Center / Denver Fencing Foundation)

Silver: Shelby Jensen (Valkyrie Fencing Club)

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