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Rio Olympians Vie for National Titles in Richmond this Weekend

04/07/2016, 11:15pm CDT
By Nicole Jomantas

Pan American Games Champion Kat Holmes will fence for a chance at her first individual Div I National Championship title. Photo Credit: Serge Timacheff / FIE /

(Richmond, Va.) – More than 1,200 athletes will compete for gold this weekend at the USA Fencing Division I and Wheelchair National Championships and April North American Cup at the Greater Richmond Convention Center.

Competition will be held in Halls A-D at the Greater Richmond Convention Center. All events are free and open to the public.

The Division I National Championships is scheduled to include four members of the team that have mathematically secured their positions to compete at the Rio Olympic Games this summer:

  • Katharine Holmes (Washington, D.C. / Women’s Epee), 2015 Pan American Games Champion
  • Jason Pryor (South Euclid, Ohio / Men’s Epee), 2015 Pan American Games bronze medalist
  • Katarzyna Trzopek (Pacifica, Calif. / Women’s Epee), 2015 Pan American Games Champion
  • Monica Aksamit (Matawan, N.J. / Women’s Saber), 2009 Pan American Championships silver medalist

With the final opportunity for Paralympic qualification just over a month away, the Wheelchair National Championships will serve as tuneup event for the Zonal Qualifier in Rio de Janeiro with the following athletes among those scheduled to compete:

  • Joey Brinson (Florence, Miss. / Epee and Saber), 2012 Paralympian
  • Leo Curtis (Rainier, Ore. / Epee and Saber), two-time Wheelchair World Team member
  • Vikki Espinosa (Portland, Ore. / Epee, Foil and Saber), 2015 Wheelchair World Team member
  • Lauryn DeLuca (Parma, Ohio / Epee and Foil), 2015 Junior World Team member

In addition to the National Championship events, the tournament also will feature the April North American Cup with athletes competing in 36 veteran age and weapon groups (athletes 40 and older) as well as the Division III competition for all three weapons.

Click here to view live results and updated seeding for the April North American Cup. 

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