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Dallas Welcomes USA Fencing National Championships, June 29 – July 8

06/28/2016, 3:45pm CDT
By Nicole Jomantas

(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – Nearly 4,000 competitors will fence for gold medals in 90 events when the USA Fencing National Championships and July Challenge are held from June 29 – July 8.

The world’s largest fencing tournament includes competitors ranging in age from 8 – 80+ with gold medals on the line for age groups as young as Youth 10 and up through +70. Competition will be held at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Halls C-D.

Click here to view the complete schedule of events. All events are free and open to the public.

The tournament itself features two components: the USA Fencing Nationals for U.S. competitors only and the July Challenge which includes both top Americans as well as foreign fencers.

Each of the three weapons (epee, foil and saber) will be contested as follows:

USA Fencing National Championships
Y10, Y12, Y14, Division IA, Division II, Division III, Senior Team, Veteran 40-49, Veteran 50-59, Veteran 60-69 and Veteran +70

July Challenge
Division I, Junior (U20), Cadet (U17)

Members of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team will be training in Dallas as well with both the U.S. Men’s and Women’s Foil Teams participating in a training camp for the duration of the tournament, including:

  • Alexander Massialas (San Francisco, Calif.), 2012 Olympian and two-time Senior World medalist
  • Gerek Meinhardt (San Francisco, Calif.), 2008 and 2012 Olympian and three-time Senior World medalist
  • Miles Chamley-Watson (New York City, N.Y.), 2013 Senior World Champion
  • Race Imboden (Brooklyn, N.Y.), 2012 Olympian and 2013 Senior World team silver medalist
  • Nzingha Prescod (Brooklyn, N.Y.), 2012 Olympian and 2015 Senior World bronze medalist
  • Lee Kiefer (Lexington, Ky.), 2012 Olympian and 2011 Senior World bronze medalist

In the veteran 50, 60 and +70 age categories, not only will National Champions be crowned, but athletes will vying for positions on the 2016 Veteran World Championship Team where athletes will compete against the best fencers in the world in their age groups this fall.

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