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Vet World Teams Finalized for Women’s Saber and Men’s Foil in St. Louis

07/07/2018, 12:30am CDT
By Nicole Jomantas

Linda Dunn, Delia Turner and Jennette Starks-Faulkner will fence at the Vet Worlds with Jane Eyre (not pictured) in the 60-69 women's saber event at the 2018 Vet Worlds.

(St. Louis, Mo.) – The final two Veteran World Championship Team squads were named on Tuesday with four past individual Vet World Champions among those qualifying to represent the United States in women’s saber and men’s foil.

Delia Turner (Philadelphia, Pa.) will be one of the most experienced team members to compete at the Vet Worlds in October in Lignano, Italy with 12 past appearances and 10 medals to her credit.

Turner, who holds three Vet World titles, defeated four-time individual Vet World medalist Jude Offerle (Winnetka, Ill.), 10-4, in the semis and moved on to the finals where she would fence Jennette Starks-Faulkner (Middletown, Conn.) – a two-time individual Vet World Champion in foil who has won silver and bronze medals in saber since adding the weapon to her repertoire in 2013.

“I love fencing Jennette because she’s just as competitive as I am. We’re both trying to destroy each other and it’s ok. She doesn’t hold any grudges. I don’t hold any grudges,” Turner said. “We’re happy no matter how it went and she’s just the best person for me to fence because we just go at it and I really like that.”

The two, indeed, went at it hard with Turner building an 8-1 lead midway through the second period. Starks-Faulkner came back with four more touches before Turner closed with a 10-5 victory.

The win secured Turner a position on the team where she will compete with Starks-Faulkner as well as six-time individual Vet World Champion Jane Eyre (Swedesboro, N.J.) and two-time individual Vet World medalist Linda Dunn (Indianapolis, Ind.) Eyre did not compete in St. Louis, but won gold at the December North American Cup and took silver behind Starks-Faulkner in April. Dunn took silver in December and moved from fifth to fourth in the USA Fencing National Team Point Standings with a top-eight in St. Louis

When the Vet Worlds begin in October, Turner is set on returning to the top of the podium after placing second in 2017 and she has been working on new actions to achieve her goal.

“What I’m preparing for this year’s Worlds will absolutely work because it worked against Jennette and it will work against everyone else. I have a very simple fix to what I was losing on in the gold medal bout and I’m just practicing because, in the 60s, it takes a long time to incorporate new actions into your repertoire. I’ve been practicing hard and that’s how I beat Jennette. And I did what my coach said for a change today,” she laughed.

While Turner is enjoying momentum after her National Championship, the win comes after several years of battling with injuries.

“I’m fencing cleanly now. I’ve come back from an injury I suffered in Hungary several years ago so I’m more mobile and I lost some weight, so that also helps,” said Turner who tore the meniscus in her knee. “It’s not a big deal, but at my age it just cascades and other things go wrong.”  

After starting in her 40s after Turner’s daughter began fencing épée, Turner has continued in the sport for more than two decades and 15+ years on the national circuit.

“What keeps me fencing is the people. I’ve made so many friends. But I’m also just really competitive and I like being able to compete at a high level. I love it. And I like to try to win,” Turner said.

Now 66 years old, Turner spent most of her teaching career at an all boys school in Philadelphia and fencing was an excellent outlet after a long day.

“You have to control your temper when you’re teaching and you have to be all mellow and crap. I can’t do that stuff in teaching. So I started fencing after school because you get to scream and try to kill people,” she laughed. “I’m a saber fencer. I just look at that son of a gun and it’s beautiful. It really appealed to me from the beginning. And I’ve always liked attacking. I’ve always been that way.”

Robin Pernice (Carlisle, Mass.) won gold in the 50-59 women’s saber event to qualify for her sixth straight Vet World Team. A member of the squad that won team gold in 2017, Pernice earned the top seed out of pools and defeated Jayne Jerkins (Washington, D.C.), 10-3, in the finals. Jerkins’ silver medal marked her best result of the season after top-16 finishes at the December and April NACs. Pernice will compete at the Vet Worlds with Kimberly Klein-Braddock (West Linn, Ore.) who won bronze to qualify for her first Vet World Team and fifth-place finisher Dawn Wilson (Louisville, Ky.) who competed for Team USA in 2017. A 2012 Vet World silver medalist, Chaz Smith (Placerville, Calif.) did not compete in St. Louis, but qualified for her fifth Vet World Team after a gold medal win in December and a fifth-place finish in April.

Ellen O’Leary (Seattle, Wash.) qualified for her 13th Vet World Team and is aiming to add a fourth individual gold medal to her resume in the +70 event. The 76 year old won her fourth National Championship title in women’s saber as a +70 fencer, defeating 2016 Vet World bronze medalist Diane Hiatt (Sparks, Nev.), 10-8. O’Leary and Hiatt will fence in Lignano with bronze medalist Annie Mannino (Lebanon, N.J.) and top-eight finisher Susan Hurst (San Diego, Calif.)

At 71 years old, Jan Patterson (Seattle, Wash.) has been fencing for 19 years and will compete at the 2018 Vet Worlds for the 13th time after winning bronze at the 2017 Vet Worlds. Patterson successfully defended his 2017 National Championship title and won his sixth straight event since moving up to vet +70 in 2016.

Patterson posted a 5-0 record to take the top seed out of pools and gave up a total of nine touches in his first four bouts to advance to the finals where he bested Duane Chan (Ventura, Calif.), 10-2.

“I feel lucky and it’s not easy. You think at vet 70 it will be easy, but it’s really not. It’s always really challenging,” Patterson said.

In Livorno, Patterson will compete with 2016 Vet World Team member Adrian Sessions (Mountain View, Calif.) and seven-time team member Rinaldo Campana Sr. (McLean, Va.) who finished third and fifth, respectively. Five-time Vet World Team member Peter Calderon (Plainsboro, N.J.) did not compete in St. Louis, but also qualified after silver and bronze medal finishes on the NAC circuit.

“It’s such an honor to go and meet these people from other countries and you form relationships with them too,” Patterson said. “I’ve always been a pretty good athlete, but I’ve got great coaching, so I’m very fortunate there too. We’re training and working all the time and I’m fortunate to have a great coach who’s been with me for 20 years.”

At the 2017 Vet Worlds, Patterson fell one touch shy of advancing to the gold medal round, dropping his semifinal bout to eventual champion Eiichi Ide (JPN), 10-9.

“Competing at Vet Worlds is daunting. There are people there who’ve been fencing all their lives and former Olympians. There’s no filler. Everybody’s tough and their attitudes … they mean business,” Patterson said. “It’s a really big deal for these guys and they bring so much more to it than just a casual competition. As a fencer, it brings you up and gives you an idea of what’s possible. It’s truly enriching. I’ve never been one to shy away from a challenge in front of me.”

Don Davis (Potomac, Md.) advanced to the finals of the vet 50-59 foil event for the third straight year, qualifying for his third straight Vet World Team with a 10-8 win over Alan Chernomashentsev (Jacksonville, Fla.) who took silver and a spot on his first Vet World Team. Fifth-place finisher Marek Wyszynski (Forest Hills, N.Y.) qualified for his first Vet World Team while John Kissingford (Ouray, Colo.) earned a position on his second Vet World Team with a sixth-place result in St. Louis.

Four-time Vet World medalist Joseph Streb (Columbus, Ohio) came up with a clutch win in the 60-69 men’s foil event to qualify for his 13th Vet World Team, defeating John Lawrence (Glen Rock, N.J.), 10-6, in the finals, to climb from No. 6 to No. 4 in the National Team Point Standings. Bronze medalist Thomas Lutton (Cupertino, Calif.) and fifth-place finisher Philippe Bennett (New York City, N.Y.) also qualified for Team USA. Lutton, a 2017 Vet World medalist, will fence at his 13th Vet Worlds and Bennett will compete at his fifth Vet Worlds. A 1984 Olympian for Lebanon, three-time Vet World Team member Henri Darricau (Littleton, Colo.) lost to Lawrence in the 16, 5-4, but held onto the No. 1 position in the National Team Point Standings with gold and silver medal wins at the NACs this season.

In the vet 40-49 events, World Team slots were not on the line, but two familiar faces returned to the top of the podium.

Julie Seal (Eagle Mountain, Utah) continued her dominant streak in the veteran events, winning a ninth straight title on the national circuit and her fourth individual Veteran National Championship. Just a day after earning the vet 40-49 foil gold, the two-time Pan American Games medalist returned to take the saber title, defending her 2017 gold medal with a 10-5 win over Jennifer Oldham (Durham, N.C.) in the finals.

A five-time NAC Champion, Michael Cho (Farmington Hills, Mich.) won his first National Championship title in the 40-49 men’s foil event, defeating 2017 National Champion Rafael Suarez (Coral Springs, Fla.), 10-4, in the finals.

Both veteran team champions at the July Challenge were led by members of the 2018 Vet World Team.

In the veteran women’s team foil event, a squad led by past Vet World medalists Jane Carter (Bedford, Mass.) and Lynn Botelho (Indiana, Pa.) won gold. Carter and Botelho fenced with Darby Lytle (Lincoln, Neb.) and Margaret Kerr (Worcester, Mass.) as their squad, Iron-Nitrogen-Cerium defeated Back to the Future, 36-17, with Carter at anchor.

The reigning Vet World Champion in the 60-69 event, Walter Dragonetti (Las Vegas, Nev.) fenced with his 2018 Vet World teammate, Sean Ameli (Las Vegas, Nev.), and Sangyuup Lee (Las Vegas, Nev.) who anchored their BB-FC squad to a 43-30 win over the New York Athletic Club. 

Fencing at his first event on the U.S. circuit, German fencer Arwen Borowiak won gold in the cadet men’s foil July Challenge competition. In the finals, Bryce Louie (Los Angeles, Calif.) led the bout, 10-7, but Borowiak came back with a 5-1 run to take the lead at 12-11. Louie pulled ahead with three straight touches, but couldn’t close against the German who won the bout, 15-14.

Zoe Kim (Basking Ridge, N.J.) won her first cadet women’s saber title at the July Challenge, controlling her bout against Chloe Gouhin (Blacklick, Ohio) for a 15-7 victory.

The 2017 Division II National Champion, Jessica Lin (Basking Ridge, N.J.), drew 2017 Y10 National Champion Yasmine Khamis (McKinney, Texas) in the Y14 women’s épée gold medal final. With just over a minute remaining on the clock, Lin tied the score at 10 to send the bout into overtime. Lin took priority and would need just five seconds to grab a single touch and the gold medal win at 11-10.

After finishing sixth in the Division II women’s foil event at the April NAC, Samatha Chon (Bellaire, Texas) won this year’s National Championship title, defeating Lydia Cheng (Palo Alto, Calif.), 15-12, in the finals.

Fencing at his second ever Summer Nationals, Weymouth Walker (Roswell, Ga.) went 6-0 in pools to take the No. 1 seed in the Division II men’s épée event. Walker went on to win seven straight DE bouts with a 15-9 final win over Julian McGaw (Portland, Ore.)

Visit to view complete results.

Top-eight results are as follows:

Veteran 40-49 Men’s Foil National Championships
1. Michael Cho (Farmington Hills, Mich.)
2. Rafael Suarez (Coral Springs, Fla.)
3. Nathan Anderson (Denver, Colo.)
3. Peter Habala (Chicago, Ill.)
5. Levente Szego (Gaithersburg, Md.)
6. Yasmany Diaz Hernandez (Fairfax, Va.)
7. Rolando Balboa (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
8. Leon Sanchez (Cambridge, Mass.)

Veteran 50-59 Men’s Foil National Championships
1. Don Davis (Potomac, Md.)
2. Alan Chernomashentsev (Jacksonville, Fla.)
3. Oliver Foellmer (Santa Monica, Calif.)
3. Frets Olivares (Weston, Fla.)
5. Marek Wyszynski (Forest Hills, N.Y.)
6. John Kissingford (Ouray, Colo.)
7. Gary Hayenga (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
8. Chris Balestracci (Guilford, Conn.)

Veteran 60-69 Men’s Foil National Championships
1. Joseph Streb (Columbus, Ohio)
2. John Lawrence (Glen Rock, N.J.)
3. Thomas Lutton (Cupertino, Calif.)
3. David Drake (San Diego, Calif.)
5. Philippe Bennett (New York City, N.Y.)
6. Stephen Gross (Fairfax, Va.)
7. Joseph Biebel (Bayside, Wis.)
8. Johannes Klein (Sammamish, Wis.)

Veteran +70 Men’s Foil National Championships
1. Jan Patterson (Seattle, Wash.)
2. Duane Chan (Ventura, Calif.)
3. Davis Carvey (Seattle, Wash.)
3. Adrian Sessions (Mountain View, Calif.)
5. Rinaldo Campana Sr. (McLean, Va.)
6. Joseph Cohen (Cape May Court House, N.J.)
7. William Pegues (Reston, Va.)
8. James Brykczynski (Ewing, N.J.)

Veteran 40-49 Women’s Saber National Championships
1. Julie Seal (Eagle Mountain, Utah)
2. Jennifer Oldham (Durham, N.C.)
3. Kate Sierra (North Richland Hills, Texas)
3. Frauke Berman (New York City, N.Y.)
5. Claire Chadwick (Charlotte, N.C.)
5. Eileen Foley (Arvada, Colo.)
7. Lynn Zhang (Portland, Ore.)
8. Leigh May (Atlanta, Ga.)

Veteran 50-59 Women’s Saber National Championships
1. Robin Pernice (Carlisle, Mass.)
2. Jayne Jerkins (Washington, D.C.)
3. Mary Wilkerson (Denver, Colo.)
3. Kimberly Klein-Braddock (West Linn, Ore.)
5. Dawn Wilson (Louisville, Ky.)
6. Liz Enochs (San Francisco, Calif.)
7. Myriam Gluck (Dublin, Ohio)
8. Nam Heui Kim (Brookline, Mass.)

Veteran 60-69 Women’s Saber National Championships
1. Delia Turner (Philadelphia, Pa.)
2. Jennette Starks-Faulkner (Middletown, Conn.)
3. Kim Lorang (Schenectady, N.Y.)
3. Jude Offerle (Winnetka, Ill.)
5. Cynthia Starr (Ridgewood, N.J.)
6. Heidi Runyan (San Diego, Calif.)
7. Linda Dunn (Indianapolis, Ind.)
8. Rosa Hearne (Holmdel, N.J.)

Veteran +70 Women’s Saber National Championships
1. Ellen O’Leary (Seattle, Wash.)
2. Diane Hiatt (Sparks, Nev.)
3. Annie Mannino (Lebanon, N.J.)
3. Erica Julien (Wilmington, N.C.)
5. Sally Higgins (Tinton Falls, N.J.)
6. Susan Hurst (San Diego, Calif.)
7. Marsha Reichmann (Bethesda, Md.)
8. Gemin Channing (Frederick, Md.)

Veteran Team Men’s Épée July Challenge
1. BB-FC
2. New York Athletic Club
4. The Vetuation
5. Ripostal Service 3: Special Delivery
6. Victorious Secret
7. Medeo Épée 1
8. The DC-LV Connection

Veteran Women’s Team Foil July Challenge
1. Iron-Nitrogen-Cerium
2. Back to the Future
3. The Place Holders
4. Brooklyn College and Friend
5. The Illuminati
6. Blue Peacock Blades
7. Trio
8. Hot Fleches

Cadet Men’s Foil July Challenge
1. Arwen Borowiak (GER)
2. Bryce Louie (Los Angeles, Calif.)
3. Cesar Colon (PUR)
3. John Griffin (Sugar Land, Texas)
5. Justin Vogler (Portland, Ore.)
6. Fyze Tulyag (Fresno, Calif.)
7. Andrew Chung (Yorba Linda, Calif.)
8. Clayton Reid (Pacifica, Calif.)

Cadet Women’s Saber July Challenge
1. Zoe Kim (Basking Ridge, N.J.)
2. Chloe Gouhin (Blacklick, Ohio)
3. Lola Possick (Weekhawken, N.J.)
3. Keona Moya (El Dorado Hills, Calif.)
5. Mikaela Avakian (Arcadia, Calif.)
6. Sky Miller (Durham, N.C.)
7. Atara Greenbaum (Boca Raton, Fla.)
8. Sarah Lacson (Ladera Ranch, Calif.)

Y14 Women’s Épée National Championships
1. Jessica Lin (Basking Ridge, N.J.)
2. Yasmine Khamis (McKinney, Texas)
3. Michaela Joyce (Sterling, Va.)
3. Jaclyn Khrol (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
5. Hadley Husisan (Oakton, Va.)
6. Elizabeth Wang (Lexington, Mass.)
7. Faith Park (Lorton, Va.)
8. Elena Robles (Newton, Mass.)

Division II Men’s Épée National Championships
1. Weymouth Walker (Roswell, Ga.)
2. Julian McGaw (Portland, Ore.)
3. Daniel Comer (Sierra Madre, Calif.)
3. Eric Zhang (San Diego, Calif.)
5. Michael Althardt (Indianapolis, Ind.)
6. Joshua Lei (Saratoga, Calif.)
7. Brian McDermott (Barrington, R.I.)

Division II Women’s Foil National Championships
1. Samantha Chon (Bellaire, Texas)
2. Lydia Cheng (Palo Alto, Calif.)
3. Ariadna Tucker Alarcon (Fairfax, Va.)
3. Katie McGillion-Moore (Westport, Conn.)
5. Laine Massick (Blacklick, Ohio)
6. Emma Moran (Austin, Texas)
7. Eileen Ye (New York City, N.Y.)
8. Alysa Su (Cupertino, Calif.)

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