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DC Fencers Club Youth Fencer Wins Gold In A National Fencing Tournament


From Sally Gifford:DC Fencers Club fencer Amanda Sirico of Bowie, Maryland won the gold medal in Cadet Women’s Epee at the Junior Olympic Fencing Championship in Salt Lake City, Utah.  To win her first Junior Olympics title, Sirico faced a field of 145 Cadet women epeeists (Under 17), and advanced through seven grueling direct elimination bouts to win the top spot. The Junior Olympics or “JOs” took place February 17-20, 2012, and is the last national fencing event of the season for junior fencers under 20.  These results are combined with those of other major tournaments to rank fencers and determine who will represent Team USA in the World Cadet and Junior Fencing Championships in Moscow, Russia in late March.  Sirico’s hard fought win was her last chance this year to earn a spot on Team USA for Junior Worlds.  DC Fencers Club sent 24 young men and women to match skills in this highly competitive tournament of more than 1,500 fencers from fencing clubs nationwide.  The Junior Olympics is a national event organized by the United States Fencing Association, the national governing body for the American fencing community.  At “JOs,” young men and women competed in all three fencing weapons (epee, sabre, and foil) in three categories: Cadet (Under 17); Junior (Under 20), and team events.   All fencers at JOs had to place well in local Division qualifier tournaments in order to compete in Salt Lake City. Other DC Fencers Club competitors who earned top eight places included Clinton Rodell, Conrad Sutter, and Alec Walker, who together earned the fifth place spot in the Junior Men’s Team Epee event.  DCFC alumna Kat Holmes, currently a student at Princeton University, took sixth place in Junior Women’s Epee.   Holmes also qualified to compete in the Junior World Championships in the Junior Women’s Epee category. About Fencing Tournaments Fencing competitions in all three weapons usually consist of two rounds of bouting.  In the first round of “pools,” six to eight fencers compete in a round-robin of 5-touch/3 minute bouts.  Pool results inform the seeding of the next round, Direct Elimination or “DE.” Direct elimination bouts are 15 touch/9 minute bouts.  Winners of each DE round advance to the table of 64, 32, 16, semifinals, and finals. DC Fencers Club Summer Camps and Beginner Classes Each generation of fencing champions gets its start in a beginner fencing class.  This July, DCFC offers three week-long summer fencing camps for beginners ages eight and up. Starting in March, DC Fencers club hosts several beginner fencing classes on weekdays, weeknights, and Saturdays, including beginner classes for youth, daytime classes for homeschoolers, and an all-ages/levels fencing class.  Equipment is provided for beginners.  For more information on getting involved in this Olympic sport, call 301-562-1990 or email dcfencers@gmail.com.