Division I men's saber podium. Photo Credit: Kristen Henneman.
Anna van Brummen and Kasia Nixon won gold and silver in the Division I women's epee event. Photo Credit: Kristen Henneman.
(St. Louis, Mo.) – Rio Olympic silver medalist Daryl Homer (Bronx, N.Y.) and three-time Senior World Team member Anna van Brummen (Houston, Texas) each brought home the gold at the July Challenge on Saturday.
For Homer, who will be fencing at the Senior World Championships later this month, competing in St. Louis marked his return to the July Challenge for the first time since 2015 when he went on to win silver at the Senior Worlds
“I just wanted to come here as a warm up for the World Championships to make sure I had some competitive bouts,” said Homer, who continued his winning streak at national events, having not lost since April of 2016 when he claimed the first of two Division I National Championships. “I’m happy I was able to pull some new things out of the bag and to have confidence in that.”
Going 6-0 in pools, Homer earned a bye into the table of 64, where he bested Zaheer Booth (New York, N.Y.), 15-12. In the next three rounds, Homer defeated Philippe Guy (San Diego, Calif.), 15-7, as well as two 2018 Junior World team bronze medalists in Mitchell Saron (Ridgewood, N.J.), 15-10, and Erwin Cai (Marietta, Ga.), 15-11.
With a 15-11 victory over his Senior World teammate Andrew Mackiewicz (Westwood, Mass.) in the semifinals, Homer would fence 2018 NCAA silver medalist Ziad Elsissy (EGY) for gold.
Tied at six, Elsissy took control to gain an 8-6 lead at the break. Down 12-9, Homer found his rhythm, scoring the final six touches of the bout to win, 15-12.
“Ziad is a really tough competitor,” Homer said. “He’s a great athlete. He’s a good friend, so I just knew I had to stay steady and I think at a certain point I’d run out of video replays, so I wanted to stay steady and control every action and make sure nothing could be looked at meticulously – make everything clear. So I’m really happy I was able to do that.”
Van Brummen also made her return to the July Challenge for the first time since 2016 when she won the Division I event.
Perfect in pools at 6-0, van Brummen earned a bye into the 64 and would cruise into the quarter-finals, holding her first three opponents to single digits.
She defeated Dasha Yefremenko (Manalapan, N.J.), 15-9, before controlling her bouts against 2017 Cadet World team member Chloe Daniel (Sierra Madre, Calif.) and Lola Constantino (Warren, N.J.) by 15-8 scores.
In the quarter-finals, van Brummen posted a 15-10 victory over Karolina Nixon (Los Angeles, Calif.) Looking for a spot in the final, Van Brummen faced her biggest test of the day in Isis Washington (Parsippany, N.J.) – a 2015 Washington took van Brummen down to the wire, but van Brummen earned the decisive touch, 15-14.
Facing 2017 Junior World silver medalist Kasia Nixon (Los Angeles, Calif.) – van Brummen’s teammate at Princeton during her final year as a Tiger – in the final, Van Brummen went for five straight touches in the first period to take a 7-2 lead into the break. Nixon pulled within three in the second period at 11-8, but Van Brummen went on to win, 15-11.
“We overlapped for one year and we trained together a lot, but we haven’t fenced each other in competition that much,” van Brummen said. “I always have trouble fencing her, so I was definitely looking forward to it and she’s had really good results this year, so I was ready to give it a try.”
In the veteran events, not only were National Championships on the line, but spots on the Veteran World Championship Team.
In veteran 50-59 men’s saber, Mikhail Mironovas (Bedminster, N.J.) and Dmitri Kopylov (Roseland, N.J.) secured spots on the team by taking gold and silver, respectively. Ron Thornton (Fredericksburg, Va.), who finished in the top-eight, and two-time individual Vet World medalist William Becker (Gilbert, Ariz.), also punched their tickets to Livorno, Italy. Kopylov, Thornton and Becker have each won medals in the team event at past Vet Worlds while 50-year-old Mironovas will be making his Vet World debut.
The veteran 60-69 men’s saber team includes four members from last year’s World Team. A Vet World silver medalist as a 50-59 fencer in 2011, Joshua Runyan (San Diego, Calif.) made his first team eligible for Vet 60 while Carlton Badger (Durham, N.C.), David Seuss (Charlestown, Mass.) and Joseph Streb (Columbus, Ohio), who combine for 11 individual medals at Vet Worlds, also earned spots.
Badger, Streb, and Seuss went 1-2-3 on Saturday while Runyan finished in the top eight after winning the first two events of the season.
With gold and silver in veteran +70 men’s saber, four-time individual Vet World medalist Larry Pinkus (Kensington, Md.) and Philip Sbarbaro (Kensington, Md.) secured places on the World Team and will be joined by William Carson (Kensington, Md.), who took fifth in the competition, and Peter Calderon (Plainsboro, N.J.) who did not fence in St. Louis, but earned second and fifth place finishes at NACs earlier this season. Together, the team members combine for 19 past Vet World appearances. Louis Montorio (Hackensack, N.J.) also claimed the gold in veteran 40 men’s saber while Sergey Makogon (Matthews, Utah) earned the silver and Tony Jochaniewicz (Oak Park, Ill.) and Aleksandr Fotiyev (Newtown, Conn.) took the bronze.
In the veteran 50-59 women’s épée event, Cristina Ford (Salem, Ore.) and Maria Copelan (Portland, Ore.) took gold and silver to earn their place on the Vet World Team. Ford will fence at her fifth Vet Worlds while Copeland will compete at her first. They will join the reigning gold Vet World Champion, Leslie Marx (Durham, N.C.) and Monica Exum (Renton, Wash.) in Livorno. Marx and Exum won gold and silver, respectively, in the first two NACs of the season.
With the gold, four-time individual Vet World Champion Liz Kocab (Farmington Hills, Mich.) won her fifth National Championship in veteran 60-69 women’s épée and will compete at her eighth Veteran World Championships.
The silver and bronze medalists – 2004 Vet World bronze medalist Jann Ream (Iowa City, Iowa) and Caroline Rich (Reno, Nev.) – as well as top-eight finisher Suzanne Marx (Portland, Ore.) round out the veteran 60-69 team.
In veteran +70 women’s épée, four of the top five finishers will compete in Italy as Bonnie Aher (Seattle, Wash.) won gold, six-time Vet World medalist Diane Kallus (Round Rock, Texas) earned silver, Gemin Channing (Frederick, Md.) claimed bronze and 2017 Vet World bronze medalist Erica Julien (Wilmington, N.C.) finished fifth.
The veteran 40-49 women’s épée competition saw Kristin Foellmer (Patomac, Md.) bring home the national championship. Nicole Quinlan (Danville, Pa.), Valerie Hutchinson (Littleton, Colo.) and Yuliya Ganser (Laurence Harbor, N.J.) also finished on the podium.
As part of the July Challenge, two-time Junior World Team member Stephen Ewart (Lancaster, Calif.) won the gold in junior men’s épée for the second time in three years while 2018 Junior World bronze medalist Lauren Scruggs (Ozone Park, N.Y.) earned her first July Challenge title in junior women's foil.
In the senior team events, Marx Fencing Academy took the gold in men’s foil and AFFA claimed the top spot on the podium in women’s saber.
Top eight results are as follows:
Division I Men’s Saber July Challenge
1. Daryl Homer (New York, N.Y.)
2. Ziad Elsissy (EGY)
3. Andrew Mackiewicz (Westwood, Mass.)
3. Peter Souders (Silver Spring, Md.)
5. Filip Dolegiewicz (Park Ridge, Ill.)
6. Daniel Solomon (Setauket, N.Y.)
7. Karol Metryka (Linden, N.J.)
8. Erwin Cai (Marietta, Ga.)
Division I Women’s Épée July Challenge
1. Anna van Brummen (Houston, Texas)
2. Kasia Nixon (Los Angeles, Calif.)
3. Hanna Lee (Las Vegas, Nev.)
3. Isis Washington (Parsippany, N.J.)
5. Barbara VanBenthuysen (The Woodlands, Texas)
6. Cassandra Bates (Concord, Mass.)
7. Karolina Nixon (Los Angeles, Calif.)
8. Margherita Guzzi Vincenti (Oconomowoc, Wis.)
Veteran 40-49 Men’s Saber National Championships
1. Louis Montorio (Hackensack, N.J.)
2. Sergey Makogon (Matthews, Utah)
3. Tony Jochaniewicz (Oak Park, Ill.)
3. Aleksandr Fotiyev (Newtown, Conn.)
5. Kim Phillips (Wilmington, N.C.)
6. Stan Prilutsky (Dublin, Ohio)
7. Stephen Pashby (Durham, N.C.)
8. Shadi Resheidat (West Lafayette, Ind.)
Veteran 50-59 Men’s Saber National Championships
1. Mikhail Mironovas (Bedminster, N.J.)
2. Dmitri Kopylov (Roseland, N.J.)
3. Chris Matt (Fairfax Station, Va.)
3. Mark Lundborg (Issaquah, Wash.)
5. Samuel Lillard (Dublin, Ohio)
6. Ron Thornton (Fredericksburg, Va.)
7. Michael Bacon (New York, N.Y.)
8. Richard Herrera (Portland, Ore.)
Veteran 60-69 Men’s Saber National Championships
1. Carlton Badger (Durham, N.C.)
2. Joseph Streb (Columbus, Ohio)
3. David Seuss (Charlestown, Mass.)
3. Wang Yung (Mercer Island, Wash.)
5. Joshua Runyan (San Diego, Calif.)
6. Alfred Lara (Eugene, Ore.)
7. James Barbour (Scottsdale, Ariz.)
8. Paul Rosenthal (New York, N.Y.)
Veteran +70 Men’s Saber National Championships
1. Larry Pinkus (Kensington, Md.)
2. Philip Sbarbaro (Vienna, Va.)
3. Chris Trammell (New Orleans, La.)
3. Thomas Fischer (Raytown, Mo.)
5. William Carson (Fort Collins, Colo.)
6. Lucas Drobzanski (Bakersfield, Calif.)
7. Rinaldo Campana, Sr. (McLean, Va.)
8. Ray Sexton III (Round Rock, Texas)
Veteran 40-49 Women’s Épée National Championships
1. Kristin Foellmer (Patomac, Md.)
2. Nicole Quinlan (Danville, Pa.)
3. Valerie Hutchinson (Littleton, Colo.)
3. Yuliya Ganser (Laurence Harbor, N.J.)
5. Ann Totemeier (Boulder, Colo.)
6. Sandra Marchant (Prospect, Conn.)
7. Michele Chimienti (Temple City, Calif.)
8. Susan Allen (Arlington, Va.)
Veteran 50-59 Women’s Épée National Championships
1. Cristina Ford (Salem, Ore.)
2. Sharrie Zafft (Worthington, Mass.)
3. Michele Tayengco (Henderson, Nev.)
3. Maria Copelan (Portland, Ore.)
5. Amy Montoya (Las Vegas, Nev.)
6. Joanne Groening (Farmingdale, N.Y.)
7. Jeannine Prokop (Herndon, Va.)
8. Suzanne Bloomer (Mountain View, Calif.)
Veteran 60-69 Women’s Épée National Championships
1. Liz Kocab (Farmington Hills, Mich.)
2. Jann Ream (Iowa City, Iowa)
3. Caroline Rich (Reno, Nev.)
3. Anne-Marie Walters (Parkland, Fla.)
5. Cara Wunderlich (Cheshire, Conn.)
6. Suzanne Brown Marx (Portland, Ore.)
7. Cynthia Ameli (Las Vegas, Nev.)
8. Nora Gutkovskaya (Fair Lawn, N.J.)
Veteran +70 Women’s Épée National Championships
1. Bonnie Aher (Seattle, Wash.)
2. Diane Kallus (Round Rock, Texas)
3. Sally Higgins (Tinton Falls, N.J.)
3. Gemin Channing (Frederick, Md.)
5. Erica Julien (Wilmington, N.C.)
6. Karen Brynildsen (Denville, N.J.)
7. Bettie Graham (Washington, D.C.)
8. Melanie Lahart (Des Moines, Iowa)
Junior Men’s Épée July Challenge
1. Stephen Ewart (Lancaster, Calif.)
2. Sean Wilson (Washington, D.C.)
3. Anton Chmut (Garden City, N.Y.)
3. Michael Shinholster (Woodstock, Ga.)
5. Elias Cole (Chappaqua, N.Y.)
6. Bowen Wang (Chapel Hill, N.C.)
7. Colin Yu (Acton, Mass.)
8. Stafford Moosekian (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Junior Women’s Foil July Challenge
1. Lauren Scruggs (Ozone Park, N.Y.)
2. Nicole Pustilnik (San Diego, Calif.)
3. Sylvie Binder (Armonk, N.Y.)
3. Jessica Zi Jia Guo (CAN)
5. May Tieu (Belle Mead, N.J.)
6. Zander Rhodes (South Orange, N.J.)
7. Diana Candescu (ROU)
8. Helen Tan (Coppell, Texas)
Senior Team Men’s Foil July Challenge
1. Marx Fencing Academy
2. San Francisco Fencers’ Club #1
3. San Francisco Fencers’ Club #2
4. Puerto Rico TEAM
5. Fencers’ Club
6. Mission/Silver City
7. Florida Foil Guys
Senior Team Women’s Saber July Challeng
2. Bergen-West Coast
3. Nelly Fencers
4. East Coast SWAG
5. Lone Star Fencing Center
6. Tim Morehouse Fencing Club International
7. Boston Fencing Club
8. NC Warriors