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USA Fencing Announces Select Cities for 2014-2015 National Events

04/30/2014, 10:30pm CDT
By Nicole Jomantas

(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – USA Fencing is pleased to announce that sites have been chosen for five national tournaments that will be held during the 2014-2015 season.

The season will kick off in Portland, Ore. with the October North American Cup from Oct. 10-13. The October NAC will include competitors in the Division I, Division II, senior team and cadet events. Portland has been the home to numerous USA Fencing competitions in recent years, including the Junior Olympic Championships in February as well as the 2011 Division I National Championships and 2012 January NAC – all of which have taken place at the Oregon Convention Center. The home of numerous Olympians and World Team members, Portland’s fencing alumni include two-time Olympic Champion Mariel Zagunis (Beaverton, Ore.), two-time Olympic medalist Becca Ward (Durham, N.C.) and 2012 World Team Champions Seth Kelsey (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Cody Mattern (Tigard, Ore.)

In November, juniors, cadets and Y14 fencers will travel to Louisville, Ky. for the November NAC from Nov. 7-10. Louisville hosted the January NAC in 2013 and the Kentucky International Convention Center has hosted numerous major events, including the USA Gymnastics National Championships which will come to the venue this summer.

Once the hub of media and athletes at the 2002 Olympic Games, the Salt Palace Convention Center will welcome more than 1,500 fencers for the January NAC from Jan. 9-12. Salt Lake City last hosted USA Fencing for the 2012 Junior Olympic Championships and many of those athletes will be returning to Utah for this Division I, junior, senior team and wheelchair tournament.

From Feb. 13-16, the Junior Olympics will be held in Richmond, Va. Located within driving distance of many of fencing’s East Coast fencing hubs, the Greater Richmond Convention Center was the site of the 2013 USA Fencing Division I and Wheelchair National Championships. The Junior Olympics will feature many of the nation’s best athletes ages 20 and under who will be fencing in one of the final qualifiers for the 2015 Junior and Cadet World Championships.

Paralympians will take the stage in from April 17-20 at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee for the Wheelchair National Championships which will be held in conjunction with the April NAC for Division II, Y14, Y12, Y10 and Y14 team events. Milwaukee will be returning to the USA Fencing national events schedule after hosting a successful NAC in October of 2013.

Locations for the remaining events in 2014-2015 will be announced in the coming weeks. 

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