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March NAC Day 1 Recap; Exciting Day One Unfolds at the March NAC in Portland!

03/01/2024, 10:30pm CST
By Nicole Kirk

Day one at the March NAC in Portland witnessed exciting victories and heartfelt reflections from competitors.

PORTLAND, Ore. - Day one of the March NAC in Portland kicked off with high energy and fierce competition, setting the stage for an action-packed weekend ahead.

Nathaniel Wimmer ((Elite Fencing Academy (VA) / Elite Fencing Academy (GA)) took home gold in the Cadet Men’s Epee event. He said it felt “amazing” to be bringing home gold. He continued saying, “I had a lot of close bouts, and fenced against a lot of teammates which wasn’t really fun, but all that challenge made the win feel better.”

Wimmer also had a piece of advice for the younger fencers competing this weekend, for whom this might be their first tournament. He said “Even if you see a challenge in your tournament here, don’t let that stop you from continuing.”

Bernardita Carceller (Epee Miami Fencing Club) claimed gold in the Y-10 Women’s Epee event where she said she felt “really proud” of herself. She said that this was special because she worked incredibly hard in practice, even “sometimes doing extra practice.”  Even after winning gold this weekend she said her favorite part of coming to NAC’s is “getting to go to places I have never been to.”

Christopher Guffey (Globus Fencing Academy) talked about how special his win in the Cadet Men’s Saber event was since the last year “has been a dry spell” of wins for him. He said “It’s kind of surprising, but I trained really hard. It’s kind of been a dry spell for the past season, it’s a really big step in the right direction." 

He had been battling cramping leading up to the tournament so to keep calm and tune out the pain he said "I always had airpods in, just to keep my mind off the pain." He was super proud he was able to tune everything out and bring home gold.

Day 1 Results

Cadet Women’s Foil

Gold Medalist: Ziyue Luo (SoCAL Fencing Center, CHN)

Silver: Zhi Tong Lin (CAN)

Bronze: Gabrielle Grace A. Gebala (Silicon Valley Fencing Center)

Bronze: Joy Zhaoyi Liu (Golubitsky Fencing Center)

5th: Lavender Lee (Top Fencing Club)

6th: Iris Yang (Tim Morehouse Fencing Club, Port Chester)

7th: Irene Y. Seo (Gutkovskiy Fencing Academy)

8th: Eunice Zhang (Silicon Valley Fencing Center)

Cadet Men’s Epee

Gold Medalist: Nathaniel Wimmer (Elite Fencing Academy (VA) / Elite Fencing Academy (GA))

Silver: Junzhe Shan (CAN)

Bronze: Andy Zheng (Guanyi Fencing Academy / Twin Cities Fencing Club)

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

5th: Hongrui Yue (CAN)

6th: Nathan Kim (Swords Fencing Studio)

7th: Karol Karnas (Fencing Center Of Chicago)

8th: Leon Fu (Team Touche Fencing Center)


Cadet Men’s Saber

Gold Medalist: Christopher Guffey (Globus Fencing Academy)

Silver: Howard Li (LA Fencing Academy of Pomona)

Bronze: Jeffrey Tao (Spartak, San Diego)

Bronze: Daniel Wang (Dynamo Fencing Center Inc.)

5th: Daniel Holz (Premier Fencing Academy)

6th: Jeein Joo (South Bay Fencing Academy)

T7th: Alexander Pi (PDX Fencing)

T7th: Nazir Primus (Peter Westbrook Foundation / Fencers Club Inc.)


Y-14 Women’s Saber

Gold Medalist: Xuanyi Zhang (LA Fencing Academy of Pomona)

Silver: Delilah Huai (Premier Fencing Academy)

Bronze: Yifei Liu (Manhattan Fencing Center)

Bronze: Isabella Favo (Alpha Fencing Academy)

5th: Amari Pantaleon-Mazola (Nellya Fencers)

6th: Arya Chavan (Boston Fencing Club)

7th: Greta Berman (Manhattan Fencing Center)

8th: Sahana Gautam (Halberstadt Fencers' Club)


Y-10 Women’s Epee

Gold Medalist: Bernardita Carceller (Epee Miami Fencing Club)

Silver: Shannon Fu (LA International Fencing)

Bronze: Nicole Wang (Academy Of Fencing Masters (AFM))

Bronze: Audrey Cayetano (Academy Of Fencing Masters (AFM))

5th: Jessica Wu (Yang Fencing Club)

6th: Anna Li (Academy Of Fencing Masters (AFM))

7th: Chloe Yu (True Focus Sports Academy)

8th: Cynthia Kou (Yang Fencing Club)

Y-10 Men’s Foil

Gold Medalist: Nathan Zhao (Bluegrass Fencers' Club / Queen City Fencers Club LLC)

Silver: Wallace Wu (Fencers Club Inc.)

Bronze: Leander Deseranno (Renaissance Fencing Club)

Bronze: Tiger Wang (CAN)

5th: Alex Liu (AIC Fencing Club)

6th: Andrew Park (Silicon Valley Fencing Center)

7th: Ryker Chen (Bay Area Fencing Club)

8th: Lerui Zheng (Renaissance Fencing Club)

Full Results

Find all of the day one results here.

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