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USA Fencing Announces Cities for 2016-17 National Events

02/14/2016, 9:45am CST
By Nicole Jomantas

The 2016-17 NAC season will begin in October at the Cobo Center in Detroit.

(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – USA Fencing is pleased to announce that locations have been chosen for seven of the eight national events that will be hosted during the 2016-17 season.

This follows the previous announcement of the selection of Salt Lake City as the host city for the 2017 USA Fencing National Championships. The largest fencing tournament of any kind in the world, the 4,000+ athlete competition will bring fencers to the Salt Palace from July 1-10, 2017.

The 2016-17 season will begin with the October North American Cup in Detroit from Oct. 7-10. Held at the Cobo Center, the first NAC after the Rio Olympic Games will include Division I, Division II, Cadet (U17), Wheelchair and Senior Team events.

Junior (U20), Cadet and Y14 fencers will compete at the November NAC in Milwaukee Wis. where the Wisconsin Center will host the tournament from Nov. 11-14.

The December North American Cup will bring Division I fencers to Richmond, Va. The host city for the final selection event for the 2016 Olympic Games in April of this year, Richmond will welcome Division I, Division II and Veteran fencers to the Greater Richmond Convention Center from Dec. 2-5.

After hosting the 2015 NCAA Championships as well as Summer Nationals in 2013 and 2014, Columbus, Ohio will bring the January NAC to the Greater Columbus Convention Center where Division I, Wheelchair, Junior and Senior Team athletes will fence from Jan. 6-9, 2017.

Kansas City, Mo. will host the first Championship event of the new season when the Junior Olympic Championships are held from Feb. 17-20, 2017. Athletes will fence for junior national titles in Junior, Cadet and Junior Team events in the final domestic qualifying tournament for the 2017 Junior and Cadet World Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

More than 1,000 of the nation’s best youth fencers will compete in Cleveland from March 10-13, 2017 at the Cleveland Convention Center. Cleveland, home of the 2015 Junior Olympics, will host the March NAC in 2017 for Y14, Y12, Y10, Division II and Y14 Team fencers.

The location for the 2017 USA Fencing Division I and Wheelchair National Championships and April North American Cup will be announced next month.

Day schedules for all events will be released later this year.

Discounted hotel rooms are available for each of these tournaments through USA Fencing’s official tournament housing provider, GroupHousing.

The 2016-17 national events schedule is as follows, including links for housing at the tournament host hotels:

October North American Cup
Division I, Division II, Cadet, Wheelchair, Senior Team
Detroit, Mich.
Oct. 7-10, 2016

November North American Cup
Junior, Cadet, Y14
Nov. 11-14, 2016
Milwaukee, Wis.

December North American Cup
Division I, Division II, Veteran
Dec. 2-5, 2016
Richmond, Va.

January North American Cup
Division I, Wheelchair, Junior, Senior Team
Jan. 6-9, 2017
Columbus, Ohio

USA Fencing Junior Olympic Championships
Junior, Cadet, Junior Team
Feb. 17-20, 2017
Kansas City, Mo.

March North American Cup
Division II, Y14, Y12, Y10, Y14 Team
March 10-13, 2017
Cleveland, Ohio

USA Fencing Division I and Wheelchair National Championships and April North American Cup
Division I, Wheelchair, Veteran, Veteran Team, Division III
April 21-24, 2017
Location TBD

Summer National Championships
Division I, Division IA, Division II, Division III, Veteran, Junior, Cadet, Y14, Y12, Y10
July 1-10, 2017
Salt Lake City, Utah

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