DCFC blooms at the Cherry Blossom Open

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Top winners at the Senior Women’s Epee event at the 2015 Cherry Blossom Open

March 30, 2015

when cherry blossoms
scatter…
no regrets

– a haiku by Japanese poet Issa, b. 1763.

Congratulations to the scores of DCFCers who fought with no regrets in the 2015 Cherry Blossom Open at the University of Maryland on March 28-29.

A special salute to DC Fencers Club competitors who took top spots in some very strong events. Winners received special Japanese-themed gifts, and the CBO t-shirt was designed by the multitalented DCFCer Chantal Montrose, who took gold in the Senior Women’s Epee event.

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Proceeds from the Cherry Blossom Open will support the Capitol Division Developmental Fencing program, which offers travel grants to help Capitol Division fencers reach their full potential in fencing.

Thanks to our families, friends, meet management team, referees, and volunteers who helped to make this event a success, and support Capitol Division fencers.

2015 Cherry Blossom Open Results

Senior Mixed Epee

Clinton Feihong Rodell, gold
Dennis Kraft, bronze
Sam Dietrich, sixth place
Jeff Snider, eighth place

Senior Women’s Epee

Chantal Montrose, gold
Rebecca Chimahusky, bronze
Marie Lawson, bronze
Brooke Sirico, sixth place
Amy Orlando, seventh place

Pictures to come! For full results, visit askfred.net

Champagne Challenge Results

March 24, 2015

Congratulations to Clinton Feihong Rodell on winning gold at the latest DCFC Champagne Challenge. He was joined on the podium by fellow DCFCers Kevin Eckert and Andrew Nosil, who tied for bronze. Find full results at askfred.net.

Thanks for joining us!

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DCFC fencers win tickets to the big game at the Cap Division Qualifiers

Daniel Sitbon-Taylor, Scott Dubinsky, and Sam Hendricks take top spots in the C and Under Men’s Epee event at the 2015 Capitol Division Qualifiers.

Daniel Sitbon-Taylor, Scott Dubinsky, and Sam Hendricks take top spots in the C and Under Men’s Epee event at the 2015 Capitol Division Qualifiers.

 

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Congratulations to all our fencers who competed in the 2015 Capitol Division Summer National Qualifiers at DCFC this weekend. Thanks to meet manager (and DCFC armourer extraordinaire) Kerry Swick on a well-run tournament, thanks also to our well-dressed refs, and a special salute to our DCFCers who earned a ticket to the big show in San Jose this July.

 

Full results at askfred.net.

 

Photos of the event available on the DCFC Facebook page.

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WEATHER CLOSURE ALERT – DCFC closed Thursday, March 5

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WEATHER CLOSURE ALERT! DCFC is CLOSED Thursday, March 5 due to inclement weather.  If the federal government closes due to inclement weather, so do we.  Be safe and enjoy the snowy day.

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DCFC Medals at the 2015 Division I National Championships and March North American Cup

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Valerie Asher, Margherita Guzzi Vincenti, DCFC Coach Robert Suchorsky, Rebecca Chimahusky, , and Amanda Sirico celebrate their silver in Senior Team Women’s Epee at the Division I National Championships at Reno, NV

Contact: dcfencers@gmail.com

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DCFC sent more than 15 fencers to compete in the 2015 Division I National Championships and March North American Cup, held February 22 – March 2 in Reno, Nevada. DCFC Division 1 fencers faced London 2012 medalists Kelley and Courtney Hurley, and other elite U.S. athletes. And in the North American Cup events, DCFC’s veteran fencers showed the younger generation how it’s done with top eight spots in all three weapons.  Valerie Asher’s bronze at the March NAC secures  her spot on the US team that will travel to Limoges, France in October for the 2015 World Veterans Fencing Championship.

 

Congratulations to all our fencers on getting in the game and a special salute to the following fencers who medaled at this event.

 

Division 1 National Championship

 

DCFC Women’s Epee Team (Valerie Asher, Rebecca Chimahusky, Margherita Guzzi Vincenti, and Amanda Sirico), silver

Peter Souders, sixth place, Division 1 Men’s Sabre

Amanda Sirico, eighth place, Division 1 Women’s Epee

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DCFC’s Peter Souders (bottom row, second from right), earns a top eight spot (7) in Division 1 Men’s Sabre at the Div I National Championships in Reno, NV.

 

March North American Cup North American Cup (CHR, DV3, VET, VTM)

 

Jim Adams, silver, Vet 70 Men’s Epee, seventh place, Vet 70 Men’s Foil, sixth place, Vet 70 Men’s Sabre

Peter Calderon, silver, Vet 70 Men’s Sabre

Joe Deucher, silver, Vet 40 Men’s Sabre, seventh place, Vet 40 Men’s Epee

Valerie Asher, bronze, Vet 50 Women’s Epee

Kaz Campe, fifth place, Vet 70 Men’s Epee

Theo Pary, seventh place, Vet 60 Men’s Epee

Joe Deucher, seventh place, Vet 40 Men’s Epee

 

Full results here.

 

Visit the DCFC Facebook page to see a photo album of this competition.

Summer Fencing Camps at DCFC

 

Each generation of fencing champions starts in a beginner fencing class. This July and August, DC Fencers Club offers seven weeklong day camps in which youth ages 7-16 can learn the Olympic sport of fencing. Fencing camp activities include games, footwork, fencing technique & tactics, group lessons, fencing videos, competition, training with nationally ranked fencers, and of course, new friendships.

 

DC Fencers Club camps take place July 6-10; July 13-17; July 20-24; July 27-31; August 3-7; August 10-14; and August 17-21, 2015. All sessions run from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm; before and aftercare is available. Camps are open to beginner through advanced fencers, and equipment and uniforms are provided. The price per session is $330 per weekly session, and students are welcome to take more than one session. Students should bring a water bottle and dress to move. Fencing camps take place at DC Fencers Club, a dedicated fencing facility located minutes from the Beltway in Silver Spring, MD. To register, visit the Camps page of DC Fencers Club at www.dcfencing.com, call 301-562-1990 or email dcfencers@gmail.com.

 

About DC Fencers Club

 

DC Fencers Club (DCFC) is the premiere fencing club in the Washington, DC area. For 25 years, DCFC has consistently produced national and international champions. We polish the skills of fencers who strive to compete at the highest level, and we encourage fencers of all ages and ability levels. DCFC offers instruction through classes, camps, workshops, and individual lessons. DCFC coaches have a combined 100 years of training, competition, and teaching experience, and they include credentialed fencing masters and National Champions. DC Fencers Club promotes excellence, sportsmanship, and safety in a friendly environment. Find out more at www.dcfencing.com.

 

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DCFC’s Amanda Sirico named 2015 Junior National Champion

Sirico defeats Charlene Liu in the finals for the 2015 Junior National Champion title

 

For immediate release

February 18, 2015

Contact: DC Fencers Club

dcfencers@gmail.com

 

#1 ranked Junior fencer will represent Team USA at Junior Worlds this April

 

SILVER SPRING, MD — Amanda Sirico, 19, of Bowie, Maryland won the title of Junior National Champion in Junior Women’s Epee at the Junior Olympic Fencing Championships in Richmond, VA last weekend. The Junior Olympics or “JOs” are the culminating event of the Junior (under 20) season and the last chance for elite junior fencers to earn a spot on the national team for the Junior World Championships. Sirico entered the tournament as the #1 ranked U.S. Junior Women’s Epee fencer and the #6 ranked in the world. Even before Monday’s gold, Sirico was already locked in for the national team competing at Junior Worlds in Tashkent (Uzbekistan) in April 2015. Sirico is also vying for a spot on the Senior World Championship team.

 

Sirico is a freshman at Notre Dame University, and continues to train at DC Fencers Club under the guidance of Head Coach Janusz Smolenski.

 

Sirico advanced through a field of the 187 strongest JWE fencers in the U.S., sailing through pools with five straight wins, then another seven direct-elimination bouts, including the 15-12 final against Charlene Liu.

When asked for the secret behind her ongoing stellar results, Sirico replied “Consistency. In the way that you strive to hit the same mark first, and then even more.”

 

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DCFC Head Coach Janusz Smolenski with his student, 2015 Junior National Champion Amanda Sirico.

 

DC Fencers Club sent more than 20 young men and women to match skills in this highly competitive tournament of more than 1,600 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 Richmond.

 

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Amanda Sirico with her Junior National Champion trophy. Photo courtesy of the Siricos.

Sirico stats (2014-2015 season)

 

  • Gold, Junior Women’s Epee, Junior Olympic National Championships, Richmond, VA (February 2014)
  • Gold, Junior Women’s Epee, North American Cup, Salt Lake City, UT (January 2014)
  • Bronze, Division 1 Women’s Epee, North American Cup, Salt Lake City, UT (January 2014)
  • Silver, Young Lions Women’s Junior World Cup, Helsinki, Finland (November 2014)
  • Gold, Junior Women’s Epee, North American Cup, Columbus, OH (July 2014)

 

Travel is a given for elite fencers, and Sirico gets her next passport stamp in Udine, Italy, representing Team USA at a Junior World Cup in early March.

 

 

Summer Fencing Camps at DCFC

 

Each generation of fencing champions starts in a beginner fencing class. This July and August, DC Fencers Club offers seven weeklong day camps in which youth ages 7-16 can learn the Olympic sport of fencing. Fencing camp activities include games, footwork, fencing technique & tactics, group lessons, fencing videos, competition, training with nationally ranked fencers, and of course, new friendships.

 

DC Fencers Club camps take place July 6-10; July 13-17; July 20-24; July 27-31; August 3-7; August 10-14; and August 17-21, 2015. All sessions run from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm; before and aftercare is available. Camps are open to beginner through advanced fencers, and equipment and uniforms are provided. The price per session is $330 per weekly session, and students are welcome to take more than one session. Students should bring a water bottle and dress to move. Fencing camps take place at DC Fencers Club, a dedicated fencing facility located minutes from the Beltway in Silver Spring, MD. To register, visit the Camps page of DC Fencers Club at www.dcfencing.com, call 301-562-1990 or email dcfencers@gmail.com.

 

About DC Fencers Club

 

DC Fencers Club (DCFC) is the premiere fencing club in the Washington, DC area.  For 25 years, DCFC has consistently produced national and international champions.  We polish the skills of fencers who strive to compete at the highest level, and we encourage fencers of all ages and ability levels. DCFC offers instruction through classes, camps, workshops, and individual lessons. DCFC coaches have a combined 100 years of training, competition, and teaching experience, and they include credentialed fencing masters and National Champions. DC Fencers Club promotes excellence, sportsmanship, and safety in a friendly environment. Find out more at www.dcfencing.com.

 

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DCFC is CLOSED on Tuesday, Feb. 17 due to inclement weather

DCFC is CLOSED Tuesday, Feb. 17 due to inclement weather.

DCFC is CLOSED Tuesday, Feb. 17 due to inclement weather.

 

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DC Fencers Club will be closed on Tuesday, Feb. 17.  When the Federal Governrnent closes due to inclement weather, so do we.  Be safe on the roads, stay warm, and we will see you on Wednesday, Feb. 18.

 

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DCFC is closed on Monday, February 16 for President’s Day

HOLIDAY CLOSURE ALERT! DC Fencers Club is closed on Monday, February 16 in observance of the President’s Day federal holiday. We will reopen on Tuesday, February 17. Enjoy your day and stay warm!

2015 Capitol Clash results

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DCFC Head Coach Janusz Smolenski with youth fencers at the 2015 Capitol Clash. Photo by David Ruskin.

2015 Capitol Clash results

Congratulations to all our fencers who got in the game at the Capitol Clash Super Youth Circuit and Cadet 2015, held at the Gaylord National Hotel & Convention Center in Oxon Hill, MD on February 6-8, 2015.   We thank our coaches and parents for your guidance and support, and we give a special salute to the following DCFCers for your achievements.

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Yunice Pyo (second from left) celebrates her silver in Y12 Women’s Epee at the 2015 Capitol Clash. Photo by David Ruskin.

Yunice Pyo, silver, Y12 Women’s Epee
Mateo Rueda, bronze, Cadet Men’s Epee
Andrew Zhang, seventh place, Y10 Men’s Epee
Juliana Bain, eighth place, Cadet Women’s Epee

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2015 Capitol Clash bronze medalist (CME) Mateo Rueda with proud dad Guillermo. Photo by David Ruskin.

Thanks to Coach David Ruskin for a fantastic photo essay capturing the joy and drama of fencing.  View the photo album at DCFC’s Facebook page.

 

DC teen wins individual gold and team bronze at Helsinki Cadet Fencing World Cup

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Isaac Shelanski, second from left, wins gold in Cadet Men’s Epee at the Helsinki Fencing Challenge. Photo courtesy of EFC.

 

For Immediate Release

February 3, 2015

Contact: dcfencers@gmail.com

 

DC teen wins individual gold and team bronze at Helsinki Cadet Fencing World Cup

 

First international medals for Washington teen fencer

 

(Silver Spring, MD) – Isaac Shelanski, 16, of Washington, DC, won gold — his first international medal – in Cadet (under 17) Men’s Epee at the Helsinki Fencing Challenge in Finland on January 31. The next day, Shelanski helped Team USA win bronze in the Cadet Team Men’s Epee event. With this gold, Shelanski earned the number 16 Cadet Men’s Epee ranking in the world.  Shelanski, a junior at Washington International School, trains at DC Fencers Club with Head Coach Janusz Smolenski.

 

In the individual event finals, Shelanski defeated Andzhei Gedzo of Estonia 15-14 in a close gold medal bout.

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Shelanski (left) lands a touch on Gedzo of Estonia in the gold medal bout at the Helsinki Fencing Challenge. Photo courtesy of EFC.

“ It was very tactical and it was a gritty bout,” said Shelanski of the gold medal bout. “I knew I could outfence [Gedzo] as long as I had confidence in my actions, and I was able to take a risk at the end without being too nervous.”

 

“ It was very tactical and it was a gritty bout,” said Shelanski of the gold medal bout. “I knew I could outfence [Gedzo] as long as I had confidence in my actions, and I was able to take a risk at the end without being too nervous.”

 

Some of Shelanski’s top results include:

 

  • Gold, Cadet Men’s Epee; Bronze, Team Cadet Men’s Epee, Helsinki Fencing Challenge (Jan 31-Feb 1, 2015)
  • Sixth place, Division 1A Senior Men’s Epee, Kickoff Classic ROC (September 2014)
  • Fifth place, Cadet Men’s Epee, USA Fencing Summer National Championships (July 2014)
  • Gold, Y14 Men’s Epee, 2013 USA Fencing Summer National Championships (July 2013)

 

Summer Fencing Camps at DCFC

 

Each generation of fencing champions starts in a beginner fencing class. This July and August, DC Fencers Club offers seven weeklong day camps in which youth ages 7-16 can learn the Olympic sport of fencing. Fencing camp activities include games, footwork, fencing technique & tactics, group lessons, fencing videos, competition, training with nationally ranked fencers, and of course, new friendships.

 

DC Fencers Club camps take place July 6-10; July 13-17; July 20-24; July 27-31; August 3-7; August 10-14; and August 17-21, 2015. All sessions run from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm; before and aftercare is available. Camps are open to beginner through advanced fencers, and equipment and uniforms are provided. The price per session is $330 per weekly session, and students are welcome to take more than one session. Students should bring a water bottle and dress to move. Fencing camps take place at DC Fencers Club, a dedicated fencing facility located minutes from the Beltway in Silver Spring, MD. To register, visit the Camps page of DC Fencers Club at www.dcfencing.com, call 301-562-1990 or email dcfencers@gmail.com.

 

About DC Fencers Club

 

DC Fencers Club (DCFC) is the premiere fencing club in the Washington, DC area.  For 25 years, DCFC has consistently produced national and international champions.  We polish the skills of fencers who strive to compete at the highest level, and we encourage fencers of all ages and ability levels. DCFC offers instruction through classes, camps, workshops, and individual lessons. DCFC coaches have a combined 100 years of training, competition, and teaching experience, and they include credentialed fencing masters and National Champions. DC Fencers Club promotes excellence, sportsmanship, and safety in a friendly environment. Find out more at www.dcfencing.com.

 

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