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US Fencing comes to Pittsburgh

12/03/2009, 5:55am CST
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For Immediate Release
December 2, 2009

Two-time U.S. Olympian Tim Morehouse Leads 1,250 Fencers into Pittsburgh for North American Cup Event

Two-time U.S. Olympian Tim Morehouse (New York) and four of his 2008 U.S. Olympic Team fencers headline the list of 1,250 athletes expected to compete at the third 2009-10 North American Cup event at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Dec. 4-6.

The men's sabre category will be led by the 2008 Olympic silver medalist team of Morehouse, Jason Rogers (Houston, Texas) and James Williams (New York). These three also competed at the 2009 Fencing World Championships.

In women's sabre, the top three going for a title in the Iron City will be Daria Schneider (Berkley, Calif.), Monica Akasmit (New York) and Dagmara Wozniak (Avenel, N.J.), who also competed in the 2009 World Championships.

The competition will start at 8 a.m. and conclude at 8 p.m. daily. Admission to the event is free and open to the public. All competitions will be held at the David L Lawrence Convention Center Hall A, located at 1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd., in Pittsburgh.

2008 U.S. Olympian Gerek Meinhardt (San Francisco) leads the men's foil class in Pittsburgh and will be joined by his 2009 World Champion team members; Miles Chamley-Watson (New York) and Alexander Massialas (San Francisco).

2009 World Championship participants Seth Kelsey (Santa Monica, Calif.), also a 2008 U.S. Olympian, and Cody Mattern (Reno, Nev.) will be challenged by Canadian epee stars Hugues Boisvert-Simard and Tigran Bajgoric.

2009 Cadet World Championship silver medalist Lee Kiefer (Lexington, Ky.) will vie for a women's foil title in Pittsburgh and be pushed by two of her 2009 Senior World Championship team members Ambika Singh (New Brunswick, N.J.) and Nzingha Prescod (New York).

In women's epee, Lindsay Campbell (Wilmington, Del.) will face tough competition from Canada's Joanna Guy and Holly Buechel (New York).

The NAC tournaments are a series of sanctioned U.S. Fencing Association events providing fencers across the world the opportunity to compete in men's and women's Epee, Foil and Sabre to earn ranking points.

The 2009-10 North American Cup season will continue with elite and junior athletes at the Jan. 15-18 North American Cup in San Jose, Calif. The fencing community will converge into Dallas for the March 26-29 NAC for division 2, division 3, veterans and wheelchair divisions. The final NAC is slated for April 23-26 in Virginia Beach, Va., for elite athletes and multiple youth divisions (born in 1995-2002).

NAC tournaments are open to foreign fencers who have an FIE license valid for the current season and/or can show proof of membership in another fencing federation, and who meet age/classification requirements for specific NAC competitions. U.S. Fencers must be current members of the U.S. Fencing Association, but do not need their membership number to register for National Events.

For more information and entry forms on North American Cup events click here.


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