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December SJCC & Div I NAC Recap, Day 1: Fencing Stars Shine Bright on Day One of Tournament

12/01/2023, 6:30pm CST
By Nicole Kirk

RICHMOND, Va. -  The first day of the December SJCC and Division I North American Cup brought out so much talent as four medals were awarded on day one. 

Two of the medals included 2024 Olympic hopefuls Elizabeth Tartakovsky (Manhattan Fencing Center) and Gerek Meinhardt OLY (Massialas Foundation (M Team) / Bluegrass Fencers' Club).

Even with an early start, Tartakovsky jumped right in bringing all the energy to the strip. She kept things the same, keeping a normal routine for competitions, “I woke up at 5:30 a.m., I mean I wanted to do the same routine I do before every competition.”

For Tartakovsky this medal is a back-to-back NAC win for her. “It’s really special, coming off a win there’s a little bit more pressure to repeat the same tournament, so I had that in the back of my mind, but I mostly treated today as practice for the world cups.” 

Meinhardt came out of the October NAC with a silver medal and then today took gold. He said “It felt great, obviously second place is still a great result, but going into the gold medal match I really wanted to get that gold, so I am happy I was able to pull out those last couple of touches at the end.” 

Nathan Kim (Swords Fencing Studio) was feeling “really good” about bringing home a gold medal. He talked about being first out of pools and how he “prepared for DE’s, I took it one at a time, focused on each bout, each touch, and I just came out on top!” 

Day 1 Results

Division I Women’s Saber

Gold Medalist: Elizabeth Tartakovsky (Manhattan Fencing Center)

Silver: Maia Chamberlain (Manhattan Fencing Center)

Bronze: Atara Greenbaum (University Of Notre Dame NCAA / Alle Fencing Club)

Bronze: Lola Possick (Advance Fencing And Fitness Academy)

5th: Magda Skarbonkiewicz (Oregon Fencing Alliance)

6th: Zoe Kim (Nellya Fencers)

7th: Reya Ghayalod (Durkan Fencing Academy)

8th: Julie Xiao (Manhattan Fencing Center)


Division I Men’s Foil

Gold Medalist: Gerek Meinhardt OLY (Massialas Foundation (M Team) / Bluegrass Fencers' Club)

Silver: Alexander Massialas OLY (Massialas Foundation (M Team))

Bronze: Bryce Louie (LA International Fencing)

Bronze: Nick Itkin OLY (LA International Fencing / University Of Notre Dame NCAA)

5th: Jacob Lee (Gutkovskiy Fencing Academy)

6th: Chase Emmer (Massialas Foundation (M Team) / University Of Notre Dame NCAA)

7th: Daniel Zhang (Star Fencing Academy)

8th: Sidarth Kumbla (New York Athletic Club / Silicon Valley Fencing Center)


Cadet Men’s Saber

Gold Medalist: Evan Kang (Dynamo Fencing Center Inc.)

Silver: Ethan Kim (Tim Morehouse Fencing Club)

Bronze: Collin Chon (Globus Fencing Academy)

Bronze: Zhao Xuanyu Hu (Fencers Club Inc.)

5th: Adrian Byon (Southern California Fencing Academy (SOCALFA))

6th: Masanobu Miyasaki-Castro (South Bay Fencing Academy)

7th: Landon Su (Miracle Fencing Club)

8th: William Yan (Nazlymov Fencing Foundation)


Cadet Men’s Epee
Gold Medalist: Nathan Kim (Swords Fencing Studio)

Silver: Samuel Lee (Elite Fencing Academy (VA) / Elite Fencing Academy (GA))

Bronze: Sullivan Kim (LA International Fencing)

Bronze: Haoran Zheng (LA International Fencing)

5th: Boyan Yang (Elite Fencing Academy (GA) / Elite Fencing Academy (VA))

6th: William Henry  Seefeldt (Woodlands International Fencing Club / City of Thunder FC)

7th: Geoffrey Yao (True Focus Sports Academy)

Full Results

Find all of the day one results here.

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Tag(s): Updates  SJCC + Division I NAC