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Day Three of January NAC, Champions Crowned and Spirits Remain High

01/07/2024, 10:30pm CST
By Nicole Kirk

Remarkable talent and unwavering passion, fencers continue to shine.

SAN JOSE, Calif. -  As day three of the January NAC 2024 ends, the energy and excitement remain at its peak. Day three of fencing witnessed incredible bouts, remarkable sportsmanship, and the crowning of champions.

Julie Seal (Valkyrie Fencing Club) earned gold in the Vet-50 Women’s Saber event and earned the Vet-50 Fencer of the Year Award at the Veteran Awards dinner on Saturday night. “Coming off of last season, it was such a high, both World Championships, then I took a little break, and then you always wonder if you can do the same thing that you just did, how many times you can do it over and over again. I had a little bit rougher of a time yesterday with foil, so I’m really happy to be back on the top of the podium today,” said Seal.

Seal competed two days in a row, but in different weapons. Going from foil to saber, Seal said “For saber I have to be more emotionally aggressive. It’s an interesting dynamic because physically you have to compress a lot of your physical spaces and then at the right moment use everything, your whole push, whereas in foil it can be a little bit more gradual both ways. You can take a little more time to be tactical where in saber you don’t have the opportunity, you don’t have that mental space. You really need to be ready to make that decision right away and that involves being ready to just go get the touch.”

Davis Carvey (Rain City Fencing Center / Salle Auriol Seattle), the Vet-80 Men’s Foil gold medalist, said “it feels great” about kicking off the new year with a gold medal. He continues to come back to NAC’s to fence because he has “met so many wonderful people, it’s a positive supportive environment for people of all ages.” 

Jeannine Bender (Capital Fencing Academy), the Vet-70 Women’s Saber gold medalist said, “This is great! It’s a great way to start the year!” Bender was simply amazed when she realized she had scored the final touch to secure gold. She said “I had a hard time believing I won the bout. The reason is, my very good friend, Jane Eyre and I, have been in many gold medal bouts together. In women’s saber, you fence the same people a lot. I really enjoy fencing with Jane Eyre, she’s a wonderful fencer. So, I just felt good that today was my day.”

Junior Women’s Foil gold medalist, Chin-Yi Kong (Golden State Fencing Academy) had a great advantage of fencing in her own backyard for her event. Talking about having her teammates cheer her on, and being able to fence with that support Kong said “It was really great. It was definitely because people could just drive down, it was super easy, and I felt very supported.”

Chris O'Loughlin (New York Athletic Club) topped the podium a second time this weekend as he claimed the gold medal in the Veteran Men’s Epee event. On winning two gold medals “it’s twice as good!” When he realized that he had won a second gold medal on the weekend, he said “it was a relief. I had been in the situation before where I won the 50’s and then was in the finals and lost. That’s happened a few times. So, I was trying to be positive, I want this to be two golds.”

Day 3 Results

Division I Women’s Epee

Gold Medalist: Isis Washington (Peter Westbrook Foundation / Top Fencing Club)

Silver: Sarah Gu (Medeo Fencing Club)

Bronze: Sophia Jakel (DC Fencers Club)

Bronze: Julia Yin (CAN)

5th: Kat Holmes (New York Athletic Club / DC Fencers Club)

6th: Anne Cebula (New York Athletic Club / New York Fencing Academy)

7th: Leehi Machulsky (Academy Of Fencing Masters (AFM))

8th: Kyle Fallon (Fencing Academy Of Westchester)


Junior Women’s Foil

Gold Medalist: Chin-Yi Kong (Golden State Fencing Academy)

Silver: Nadia Hayes (CAN)

Bronze: Katerina Lung (Moe Fencing Club LLC)

Bronze: Lydia Shen (Star Fencing Academy)

5th: Yunjia Zhang (CAN)

6th: Arianna Cao (Massialas Foundation (M Team))

7th: Yuqiao Aprille Song (CAN)

8th: Rebecca Cho

Junior Men’s Saber

Gold Medalist: Taylor Chon (Globus Fencing Academy)

Silver: William Morrill (Scarsdale Fencing Center / Fencers Club Inc.)

Bronze: Cody Walter Ji (Nellya Fencers)

Bronze: Luca Berman (Manhattan Fencing Center)

5th: Daniel Holz (Premier Fencing Academy)

5th: Grant Dodrill (University Of Notre Dame / Alle Fencing Club)

7th: Andrei Nazlymov (Nazlymov Fencing Foundation)

8th: Jordan Silberzweig (Manhattan Fencing Center / Yale University Fencing)


Veteran Women’s Foil

Gold Medalist: Inga Cho (Renaissance Fencing Club)

Silver: Morgane Bhatt (Halberstadt Fencers' Club)

Bronze: Lesley F. Chapman (Ludus Fencing Studio)

Bronze: Margaret E. Kerr (Worcester Fencing Club)

5th: Anne-Marie Walters (Masters Fencing Club)

6th: Celine De La Foscade-Condon (Moe Fencing Club LLC)

7th: Nora Gutkovskaya (Gutkovskiy Fencing Academy)

8th: Lacey E. Maddox (Charlotte Fencing Academy)


Vet-40 Women’s Saber

Gold Medalist: Yelena Kalkina (Oregon Fencing Alliance)

Silver: Blanca E. Marentes (Salle Auriol Seattle)

Bronze: Clare L. Deming (Lilov Fencing Academy)

Bronze: Laura S. Johnson

5th: Esther Duong (Laguna Fencing Center)

6th: Michelle OstriKoff (CAN)

7th: Sochivly Ou (Salle Green Fencing School)


Vet-50 Women’s Saber

Gold Medalist: Julie Seal (Valkyrie Fencing Club)

Silver: Natalia Oblonsky (Manhattan Fencing Center)

Bronze: Zhao Xia Kong (CAN)

Bronze: Nona Lim (United Fencers of Oakland)

5th: Jamie Willemse (PDX Fencing)

6th: Emmanuelle Jean (Texas Fencing Academy)

7th: Eileen Foley (Denver Fencing Center)

8th: Leigh Altman (Atlantic Fencing Academy / Globus Fencing Academy)


Vet-60 Women’s Saber

Gold Medalist: Lydia Fabry (Avant Garde Fencers Club /South Bay Fencing Academy)

Silver: Heidi Runyan (Spartak, San Diego)

Bronze: Robin King (Salle Auriol Seattle)

Bronze: Robin Pernice (Dynamo Fencing Center Inc.)

5th: Nam Heui Kim (Cambridge Fencing Center)

6th: Rebecca Freyre (Fencing Academy Of Denver / Denver Fencing Center)

7th: Jayne Jerkins (Capital Fencing Academy)

8th: Sharon Gordon (Manhattan Fencing Center)


Vet-70 Women’s Saber

Gold Medalist: Jeannine Bender (Capital Fencing Academy)

Silver: Jane Eyre (Infinity Fencing Alliance)

Bronze: Jennette Starks-Faulkner (Connecticut Fencers Club)

Bronze: Linda Dunn (IndySabre / Indianapolis Fencing Club)

5th: Jude Offerle (RedStar Fencing Club Chicago / University Of Notre Dame)

6th: Anna (Annie) C. Mannino (San Francisco Sabre School)

7th: Dede Deane (Salle Green Fencing School)

8th: Susan E. Hurst (Cabrillo Academy Of The Sword LLC)


Veteran Men’s Epee

Gold Medalist: Chris O'Loughlin (New York Athletic Club)

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

Bronze: Paul Chandler (East Bay Fencers Gym / Academy Of Fencing Masters (AFM))

Bronze: Philip Hedges (The Fencing Center)

5th: Adam Maczik (Marx Fencing Academy)

6th: Austin Carter (Penta Olympic Fencing Club)

7th: Michael Mehall (Boise Fencing Club)

8th: Solomon Liou (Medeo Fencing Club / New Jersey Fencing Alliance)

Vet-40 Men’s Foil

Gold Medalist: Dong-Ying Pai (Twin Cities Fencing Club)

Silver: James Flanagan (Youth Enrichment League Fencing Club)

Bronze: Lorenzo Gavilli (CAN)

Bronze: Zhiyong Zhao (Bluegrass Fencers' Club / Queen City Fencers Club LLC)

5th: Emerson Segui (Kern Athletic Fencing Foundation)

6th: Stephen Pashby (Forge Fencing Teams)

7th: David Lee (Bay Area Fencing Club)

8th: Sheng Li (Bay Area Fencing Club)

Vet-50 Men’s Foil

Gold Medalist: Marek B. Wyszynski (Fencers Club Inc.)

Silver: John F. Kissingford (Denver Fencing Center)

Bronze: Rafael A. Suarez (Masters Fencing Club)

Bronze: Andrew (Andy) R. Gearhart (Boise Fencing Club)

5th: Frets G. Olivares (Fencers Club Inc.)

6th: Michael Cho (Renaissance Fencing Club)

7th: Roustam R. Pimoutkine (Fencers Club Inc.)

8th: Julian Tang


Vet-60 Men’s Foil

Gold Medalist: Peter Grandbois (Denison University Fencing NCAA)

Silver: Eric Dew (Halberstadt Fencers' Club)

Bronze: John Lawrence (Masters Fencing Academy NJ)

Bronze: Jamie Douraghy (LA International Fencing)

5th: Edward Kaihatsu (RedStar Fencing Club Chicago / Athletic Training Fencing)

6th: Henri Darricau (Denver Fencing Center)

7th: Gary Hayenga (Plymouth/Ann Arbor Fencing Academy / Ann Arbor Dueling Society)

8th: Stephen R. Gross

Vet-70 Men’s Foil

Gold Medalist: Joseph Streb (Columbus International Fencing Academy /Royal Arts Fencing Academy)

Silver: Philippe Bennett (Fencers Club Inc.)

Bronze: Richard Mayer (Gutkovskiy Fencing Academy)

Bronze: Adrian Sessions (The Fencing Center / Massialas Foundation (M Team))

5th: Heik Hambarzumian (Gryphon Fencing)

6th: Joseph Biebel (AZ United Fencing Club)

6th: Tony Carter (Olympian Fencing Club)

8th: Alan Buchwald (Academy Of Fencing Masters (AFM))

Vet-80 Men’s Foil

Gold Medalist: Davis Carvey (Rain City Fencing Center / Salle Auriol Seattle)

Silver: Donald Anderson (New Mexico Fencing Foundation)

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