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Olympians and Paralympians to Fence in Charlotte at the January North American Cup This Weekend

01/03/2019, 6:00am CST
By Nicole Jomantas

Dagmara Wozniak is one of three medalists from the Rio Olympic Games scheduled to compete in Charlotte.

(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – Nearly 1,800 athletes will compete in 26 events at the January North American Cup in Charlotte, N.C. this weekend with Olympians and Paralympians among those fencing for a chance at gold.

The fourth tournament on the circuit during the 2018-19 season, the January NAC will include events for Division I, junior, wheelchair and senior team fencers.

Competition begins on Friday at the Charlotte Convention Center and will continue through Monday with events beginning at 8 a.m. and concluding at approximately 7 p.m. daily.

Tickets are on sale for $5 per day with complimentary admission for USA Fencing members with a supporting membership or higher. 

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For Division I fencers, the tournament as the penultimate domestic qualifier for the 2019 Senior World Championships which will be held in Budapest in July.

Competitors in Charlotte who will be vying for positions on the 2019 team include the following Olympic and Senior World medalists:

  • Dagmara Wozniak (Avenel, N.J. / Division I Women’s Saber), 2016 Olympic team bronze medalist and 2014 Senior World Team Champion
  • Miles Chamley-Watson (New York City, N.Y. / Division I Men’s Foil), 2016 Olympic team bronze medalist and 2013 Senior World Champion
  • Daryl Homer (Bronx, N.Y. / Division I Men's Saber), 2016 Olympic silver medalist and 2015 Senior World silver medalist
  • Nzingha Prescod (Brooklyn, N.Y. / Division I Women’s Foil), two-time Olympian and 2018 Senior World Team Champion
  • Margaret Lu (Greenwich, Conn. / Division I Women’s Foil), 2018 Senior World Team Champion
  • Soren Thompson (New York City, N.Y. / Division I Men’s Epee), two-time Olympian and 2012 Senior World Team Champion
  • Ben Bratton (New York City, N.Y. / Division I Men’s Epee), 2012 Senior World Team Champion
  • Eliza Stone (Chicago, Ill. / Division I Women’s Saber), 2018 Senior World bronze medalist
  • Aleksandra Shelton (Tigard, Ore. / Division I Women’s Saber), 2003 Senior World bronze medalist

Junior fencers also will have high stakes on the line in Charlotte. With nearly all of the medalists from the 2018 Junior and Cadet World Championships scheduled to compete at the NAC, the tournament also will serve as the penultimate domestic qualifier for the 2019 Junior and Cadet Worlds which will be held in Torun, Poland.

The wheelchair events will include a lineup of top contenders for the 2020 Paralympic Games with 2016 Paralympian Lauryn DeLuca (Parma, Ohio) fencing in her first event since sweeping the foil and epee titles at the 2018 Wheelchair Nationals.

 

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