Three medals in five days. Just a regular week for #1 ranked Amanda Sirico




Amanda Sirico at the 2014 Summer Nationals and July NAC. Photo by David Ruskin.

Amanda Sirico takes gold in the Junior Women’s Epee event at the U.S. Fencing National Championships and July North American Cup.  With this win, she maintains her rank as the #1 Junior Women’s Epee fencer in the United States.

In a feat of endurance as well as skill, Amanda fenced in seven grueling direct elimination bouts to take gold, competing in a field of 227 fencers.  In the gold medal match, she served a  coup de grace to Emma Von Dadelszen with a definitive 15-6 win.
Only two days ago, Sirico took the #6 spot in the Senior Women’s Epee event, competing alongside London Olympians Courtney and Kelley Hurley.
And on Thursday (6/26), Amanda anchored the DCFC team which took bronze in the Senior Women’s Team Epee, a championship event at Summer Nationals.

From L-R: DCFC club mate Rachel Kraft with the bronze-medal winning DCFC Senior Women’s Epee Team Amanda Sirico, Katherine Sizov, Rebecca Chimahusky, and Brooke Sirico. Joining them, referee Marek Stepien. Photo by Sally Gifford

Sirico is competing alongside 61 other fencers from DC Fencers Club at the 2014 US Fencing National Championships and July North American Cup.  This is the largest fencing event in the world, bringing together more than 4,000 fencers of all ages and ability levels to compete in an array of events, both Championship events, which culminate the 2013-2014 season and North American Cup events which kick off the 2014-2015 season.
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2014 Summer Nationals – Week 1 Recap


Senior Men’s Epee Team Bronze Medalists from L-R: Byron Neslund, Robert Suchorski, Dennis Kraft, and Corwin Duncan.



DC Fencers Club is sending 62 fencers and six coaches to the US Fencing Summer National Championships and July North American Cup, a two week-extravaganza held June 22 – July 3 in Columbus, Ohio.  With more than 4,000 fencers of all ages from all over the country competing, this is the largest fencing tournament in the world.  Congratulations to all our DC Fencers Club members who are getting in the game, and here’s an update on the great results so far from our members.


Week one (June 22-June 28) featured events in all three weapons in the veteran (40 and over) senior, junior (over 20), and Division one events.




Diane Trice, sixth place, Vet 50 Women’s Sabre, eighth place, Vet 50 Women’s Epee.  Qualified for Veteran World Championships


Jim Adams, bronze, Vet 70 Men’s Epee; bronze, Vet 70 Men’s Foil. Qualified for Veteran World Championships


Peter Calderon, Bronze, Vet 70 Men’s Foil, fifth place, Vet 70 Men’s Epee; bronze, Vet 70 Men’s Sabre.  Qualified for Veteran World Championships


Kashi Way, silver, Vet 40 Men’s Epee, eighth place, Vet 40 Men’s Foil


Joe Deucher, bronze, Vet 40 Men’s Epee


Margherita Guzzi Vincenti, bronze, Senior Women’s Epee


Amanda Sirico, sixth place, Senior Women’s Epee


From L-R: DCFC club mate Rachel Kraft with the bronze-medal winning DCFC Senior Women’s Epee Team Amanda Sirico, Katherine Sizov, Rebecca Chimahusky, and Brooke Sirico. Joining them, Division 1-A medalist, referee, coach, and inveterate photo bomber Marek Stepien.

Rebecca Chimahusky, Amanda Sirico, Brooke Sirico, and Katherine Sizov, bronze, Senior Women’s Team Epee


Byron Neslund, Robert Suchorski, Corwin Duncan, and Dennis Kraft, bronze, Senior Men’s Team Epee


Jacob Asch, seventh place, Division 1A Men’s Sabre


Stay tuned at DCFC’s Facebook page for updates and photos from Summer Nationals.  To our proud parents, feel free to share your photos on our Facebook page!


Thanks to our families, friends, and coaches, for supporting our competitors.


To all our fencers, fence well, and have fun!

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DCFC closed June 29 – July 6 for Summer Nationals and Fourth of July



DC Fencers Club will be closed Sunday, June 29 through Sunday July 6 due to Summer Nationals and the Fourth of July holiday weekend.  We will reopen on Monday, July 7.  Have a safe and happy Fourth!


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DCFC Men’s Sabre Team Wins Silver at the 2014 Pomme de Terre in Boston



It was the DC to Boston express to victory! Congratulations to Jacob Asch, James Cameron, and Samuel Cohen, the DC Fencers Club Men’s Sabre Team for their 2nd place finish at the Pomme de Terre held at Brandeis University on June 15. Well done!


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Tune-Up Tournament – Results


Thanks to meet manager Lewis Sloter and the entire team of Capitol Division representatives for organizing the Tune-Up Tournament, the last big event before Summer Nationals, held June 14-15 at DCFC.  Thanks also to our referees and friends and families for your support!

Congratulations to Doug Tableman of FSA on winning gold and to DCFCers Isaac Shelanski, Corwin Duncan and Ezra Wright for winning the silver and bronze medals in Saturday’s Senior Mixed Epee event. DCFCers Julian Raul and Damien Lehfeldt took sixth and eighth place in the same event.

Kudos to DCFC’s Roshan Talagala on winning gold in the Senior Mixed Foil event on Sunday.

Full results are available at

A photo essay from the event is available on the DCFC Facebook page.  

One of the photos has become a meme, thanks to Lewis’ idea, and Damien’s meme-ification.  We couldn’t agree more, we think the Capitol Division is awesome, too!




Amazon XI – Results


The top eight in the Senior Women’s Epee event at the Amazon Open XI. From L-R: Lauren McCoy, Two Ravens Fencing School, Rebecca Chimahusky, DCFC, Sizov, Katherine, DCFC, Marie Lawson, Baltimore Fencing Club, bronze medalists Chantal Montrose, TEMPLE University, and Hannah Safford, Hannah, UNAT, silver medalist Amanda Sirico, DCFC, and gold medalist Margherita Guzzi Vincenti, DCFC.


June 9, 2014


The eleventh annual Amazon Open was a celebration of fabulous, fearless women! Thanks to the tournament founder Valerie Asher, to our meet manager and team, to our sharp-dressed refs, and of course to our friends and family for supporting the women athletes in your lives!


We saw some world-class fencing on Sunday, and we salute all the fencers, especially those who traveled from as far as Boston, Cleveland and St. Louis to compete with us.


DCFCers earned medals and top eight spots in both the Senior Women’s Epee and Sabre events. Kudos to Margherita Guzzi Vincenti, Amanda Sirico, Sizov, Katherine, and Rebecca Chimahusky, on earning gold, silver, sixth and seventh place, respectively.



Congratulations to DCFC members Lillie Lainoff (second from left), Brooke Sirico (fourth from left), and Laura Johnson (far right) on earning silver, bronze, and eighth place, respectively! Photo by David Ruskin.


In women’s sabre, we salute DCFC’s Lillie Lainoff, back for the summer from Yale University, on winning silver in Senior Women’s Sabre. Brook Sirico took bronze in the same event, and Laura Johnson took eighth place.


Full results can be found on askfred. Thanks to David Ruskin for these photos, and many more to come!


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Bowie teen pinch hitter helps Team USA win gold at Pan American Zonal Fencing Championships

For Immediate Release

June 5, 2014




From L-R: Amanda Sirico, Kelley Hurley, Courtney Hurley, and Kat Holmes just before they receive their gold medals in Senior Team Women’s Epee at the Pan American Zonal Championships in Costa Rica. June 4, 2014. Photo courtesy of US Fencing.

(Silver Spring, MD) — Amanda Sirico, 18, of Bowie Maryland, was ready for the challenge when she was tapped as a late-breaking alternate fencer to help the US Women’s Epee Team win gold at the Pan American Zonal Championships in San Jose, Costa Rica on June 4. Sirico is the #1 ranked Junior (under 20) female epee fencer in the United States, and the #5 ranked Senior (over 20) women’s epee fencer in the United States.


In Wednesday’s event, Sirico fenced alongside London Olympic team bronze medalists Courtney and Kelly Hurley, and fellow Capitol Division fencer Kat Holmes, currently a student at Princeton University. The US Women’s Team earned a bye into the quarterfinals, and advanced with solid wins against Colombia (27-18), Argentina (45-18) in the semifinals, taking gold in the finals against Team Venezuela (38-23). Team fencing events use a relay format in which teams of three fencers compete against another team in three-minute periods for up to 45 points.


A world-class season


Sirico is making her mark as a world-class athlete on the junior and senior international fencing circuit. In April she anchored the Junior Women’s Epee Team to win silver at the Junior World Fencing Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. This season she also participated in world cups in France, Germany, Spain, Qatar, Brazil, Cuba, and Costa Rica.


Sirico’s top results in the 2013-2014 season


  • Gold, Junior Women’s Epee, North American Cup (Cleveland, Ohio, November 2013)
  • Gold, Senior Team Women’s Epee, North American Cup (Cleveland, Ohio, November 2013)
  • Bronze, Dijon (FRA) Junior World Cup (January, 2014)
  • Bronze, Division 1 U.S. National Championship, Minneapolis, Minnesota (April 2014)
  • Silver, Team Epee, Junior World Championships, Plovdiv, Bulgaria (April 2014)


“Looking back at my season this year, I’ve found a lot that I need to work on, but I’ve made a lot of big jumps forward,” said Sirico. “There’s always room to improve, and being an alternate at Zonals for the senior team is just a stepping stone. I’m really looking forward to seeing what I can bring in the fast approaching, new season.”


Starting this fall, Sirico will attend the University of Notre Dame in fall 2014, where she will join the NCAA women’s epee squad at one of the strongest Division 1 NCAA fencing teams in the United States. She continues to train at DC Fencers Club under the guidance of Head Coach Janusz Smolenski.


Summer Fencing Camps


Each generation of fencing champions gets its start in a beginner class. This July and August, DCFC offers five weeklong summer fencing camps to introduce young people to the benefits of this Olympic sport. Beyond the fitness benefits, fencing promotes intellectual development, decision making skills, self discipline, and confidence. The DCFC fencing camps are for children ages 7 and up, and beginner through intermediate fencers are welcome. Equipment and uniforms are provided. For more information on getting involved in this Olympic sport, call 301-562-1990, email, or visit


About DC Fencers Club


DC Fencers Club (DCFC) has a national and international reputation as one of the best fencing clubs in the United States. The club offers instruction through classes, camps, workshops, and individual lessons. Fencers of all ages are welcome, and members range from recreational fencers to fencers who compete in local, regional, national, and international tournaments. DCFC coaches have a combined 100 years of training, competition, and teaching experience, and they include credentialed fencing masters and National and World Champions. DC Fencers Club promotes excellence, sportsmanship, and safety in a friendly, easygoing environment.


For photos of Amanda Sirico at the Pan Ams, visit

For other photos of Amanda Sirico, visit


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DCFC will be closed Memorial Day



DCFC will be closed on Monday, May 26 in observance of the Memorial Day holiday.  We will reopen Tuesday, May 27.

Captain Steere 2014 – Results


Dennis Kraft, Corwin Duncan, Robert Suchorski, Andrew Nosil, Arjuna Subramanian, and Doug Tableman take top eight spots at the Senior Mixed Epee event, Captain Steere 2014. Photo by David Ruskin



Thanks to everyone who competed in and supported the 2014 Captain Steere Three-Weapon Tournament at DCFC on May 17-18, 2014.


In the epee event, DCFC nearly swept all top eight spots. We also had special treat in getting to watch Coach Robert Suchorski competing, as he is training for the Senior Team Men’s Epee event at Summer Nationals in Columbus.



Peter Souders and Jacob Asch celebrate gold and bronze at the Captain Steere senior mixed saber event at DCFC. Photo by David Ruskin


Congratulations to our medalists, and thanks to our meet manager, Cindy Sirico. Enjoy photos by David Ruskin and others from the weekend’s event on the DCFC Facebook page.


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Senior Mixed Epee


Dennis Kraft, gold

Corwin Duncan, silver

Andrew Nosil, bronze

Robert Suchorski, bronze

Arjuna Subramanian, sixth place

Isaac Shelanski, seventh place

Katherine Sizov, eighth place


Senior Mixed Foil


Kashi Way, seventh place


Senior Mixed Sabre


Peter Souders, gold

Jacob Asch, bronze

Samuel Cohen, sixth place

Angus Keto, seventh place


For full results, visit at


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Fences With Wolves Youth Tournament – Results


Proud aunt and fencer Valerie Asher (far right) with her nephew and Fences with Wolves Y14 Champion, Jacob Asher. Congratulations also to DCFCers Andrew Nosil, on taking silver, to Eric Cao on taking bronze. and to Sam Dietrich, who took 7th place.




DCFC was pleased to host the third annual Fences With Wolves mixed epee tournament on Sunday, May 4th. 74 fencers in three age categories battled for the title of alpha wolf while raising money for the Yellowstone Park Foundation. With a goal of $3000, the fencers have already raised $1300 with more to come as sponsorship pledges are fulfilled.

In Y10, Fencing Sports Academy member Hadley Husisian took the gold medal. DCFC fencers took three top 8 medals, with Emilie Reitinger placing 2nd, Clark Donovan placing 3rd, and Josh Reitinger placing 5th.

In Y12, DCFC fencer Justin Haddad bested clubmate Avo Reid for the right to have his name engraved on the FWW trophy, while Nirali Igoe took home a medal for 5th place.

In Y14, DCFC fencers took the top three spots, with tournament founder Jacob Asher taking gold; Andrew Nosil taking silver, and Eric Cao taking bronze. Sam Dietrich took 7th place.

Congratulations to our medalists as well as the fencers who turned out from Chevy Chase Fencing Club, Fencing Sports Academy, Maryland Fencing Club, Reston Fencers Club, Baltimore Fencing Center, and Nashville Fencing Academy to support this great cause.

While this tournament was founded by DCFC fencer Jacob Asher, it would not be possible without the support of the greater community. DCFC thanks meet manager Lewis Sloter, as well as referees Dennis Kraft, Rebecca Chimahusky, Nick Ferrara, Isaac Shelanski, Ezra Wright, Roshan Talagala, Arjuna Subramanian, Christina Giblin, Jack Butler and Sanzhina Erdyneeva.

Thanks to DCFC member and photographer David Ruskin for a beautiful photo essay, available on the DCFC Facebook page.

Visit for full results.

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