Olympic hopeful Amanda Sirico wins silver at Helsinki World Cup


Amanda Sirico (left) wins silver at Helsinki World Cup


For Immediate Release

November 12, 2014

Contact: dcfencers@gmail.com


Amanda Sirico is the #1 ranked Junior Women’s Epee fencer in the United States


(Silver Spring, MD) – In her first world circuit fencing tournament of the season, Amanda Sirico, 18, of Bowie, Maryland, lost no time getting to the podium, with a silver medal at the Young Lions Women’s Junior World Cup in Helsinki, Finland on November 9. With this win, Sirico maintains her rank as the number one Junior (under 20) Women’s Epee fencer in the United States; she is also the number four ranked Junior Women’s Epee fencer in the world.


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 had this to say about her win. “I’m still adjusting to school and everything, but I think this kind of goes to show that hard work no matter where you are can pay off, it’s all just a matter of making the most of it.”


In Helsinki, Sirico was seeded 23rd out of the pools, and proceeded to win by strong, sometimes devastating margins. In the table of 128, Sirico defeated Anna Vuorinen (FIN) 15-8, followed by a 15-7 win over Doria Jacob (FRA) in the Table of 64, and a 15-9 win against Agnese Lucifora (ITA) in the Table of 32. In the Table of 16, she defeated Victoria Kuzmenkova (RUS) 15-7. Sirico picked up speed in the quarter- and semifinals with overwhelming wins against Barbara Rutz (POL) at 15-5 and Isabella Signani (ITA), 15-5, then lost a close bout (15-11) to Nicol Foiella (ITA) in the finals. Sirico was the highest-placing U.S. fencer at this event.


When asked about the most challenging aspect of the competition, Sirico replied “the location, it was a lot darker than I’m used to.” Sirico’s next world cup event will take place at a sunnier latitude, in Burgos, Spain next February.


Top results


In the 2014-2015 fencing season, Sirico is attempting to qualify for both the Junior and Senior World Championship teams. Some of Sirico’s recent results include:


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


About fencing tournaments


Fencing competitions in all three weapons (epee, sabre, foil) 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 128, 64, 32, 16, semifinals, and finals.


About DC Fencers Club


Whether you are an elite fencer or a recreational fencer, DCFC welcomes you.  For 22 years, DC Fencers Club (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 and World 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 Epee Champagne Challenge on November 23



DCFC hosts the next Champagne Challenge on Sunday, November 23 at 10:00 am.  This Senior Mixed Open Epee event is already an A1 and it will be even stronger with you there.  Join us!

Register on askfred.net.



DCFC open on Veterans Day 2014, no footwork on Monday, Nov. 10


HOLIDAY ALERT: On Monday, November 10, there will be NO FOOTWORK since the coaches will be in or en route back from the Louisville NAC. On Veterans Day (Tuesday, November 11), DCFC will be OPEN. Yes, it’s a federal holiday, but we will be open. Join us!


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DCFCers are the toast of the town at the latest Champagne Challenge


Claire Busch, Daniel Sitbon-Taylor, Dale West, and Joe Russell celebrate their podium spots. Photo by David Ruskin.


November 3, 2014


Thanks to everyone for coming to the double header Champagne Challenge on November 1-2. On both Saturday and Sunday’s events, DCFCers took podium spots and nearly swept the top eight! Congratulations to our fencers and we’ll see you at the next Champagne Challenge on November 23.


Champagne Challenge C and Under Senior Mixed Epee


Dale West, silver

Claire Busch, bronze

Daniel Sitbon-Taylor, bronze


Full results on askfred.net




Gaetan Poirier, Arjuna Subramanian, Ezra Wright, and Clinton Rodell celebrate their DCFC sweep of the podium at the Senior Mixed Epee Champagne Challenge on November 2. Photo by David Ruskin.


Champagne Challenge, Senior Mixed Epee


Clinton Feihong Rodell, gold

Ezra Wright, silver

Arjuna Subramanian, bronze

Gaetan Poirier, bronze


Full results on askfred.net



Next Champagne Challenge – November 23


This Saturday and Sunday, DCFC hosts two Champagne Challenges




We have something for everyone at DCFC.


On Saturday, November 1, at 3:00 pm, work off the Halloween candy at the C and Under/Division 2 Senior Mixed Epee event. Register on askfred.net.


Then on Sunday, November 2,  at 10:00 am, we host the Senior Mixed Epee event.  Sometimes we get Olympians like Jon Normile and Erik Boisse among the competitors.  This one’s already an A1 and it will be stronger with you!  Register on askfred.net. 


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Three DCFC fencers compete at the 2014 Vet Worlds in Hungary


Diane Trice and Jim Adams qualified to compete in the 2014 Veteran Fencing World Championships

DCFC sends our heartiest well wishes to Diane Trice, Jim Adams, and Peter Calderon, who are among the more than 50 vet fencers representing Team USA at the 2014 Veteran Fencing World Championships in Debrecen, Hungary on October 21-26.This is Diane’s first Vet Worlds, and she will be competing in the Vet 50 Women’s Epee event.

Jim Adams has represented Team USA 14 times, and has medaled four times in both foil and epee. He will compete in both the epee and foil events in the Vet 70 age category.

The Veteran’s World Championship is conducted by the International Fencing Federation. Competitors have included Olympic and Senior World Champion gold medalists. Trice, Adams, and other Team USA members were selected based on their best two out of three results from the 2013-2014 season.

DC Fencers Club is home to many world-class veteran fencers. Kaz Campe made history as the first American male to win a world champion title when he won the Veteran Men’s 60+ Epee event at the 1998 Veteran Worlds in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. In her second trip to Vet Worlds in 2012, Valerie Asher won bronze in Vet 50 Women’s Epee. Lisa Dobloug won the World Champion title representing Norway in Vet 60 Women’s Epee in 2005.

Best wishes to Diane, Jim, and all our Team USA members!  Follow results on the host website.


Portland NAC results


Ezra Wright wins bronze in Cadet Men’s Epee at the 2014 October North American Cup



Congratulations to DCFC fencers on great results at the Portland North American Cup, including Peter Souders, and Jacob Asch, who took bronze and eighth place in the Division 1 Men’s Sabre event. Ezra Wright garnered his highest national medal with the bronze in Cadet Men’s Epee. Kudos also to DCFC’s Margherita Guzzi Vincenti, who earned a top eight medal (sixth), alongside Olympians Courtney and Kelly Hurley and Capitol Division member Kat Holmes, who took bronze.



Jacob Asch with USA Fencing President Don Anthony at the 2014 October NAC.

Full results on askfred.net



2014 Tom Wright Memorial Veteran Fencing Tournament


DCFC member Kashi Way (right) celebrates his gold medal with fellow foil fencing finalists!




Fencers with decades of experience gathered at DC Fencers Club for the Tom Wright Memorial Veteran Fencing Tournament, a three weapon tournament sponsored by the Capitol Division. The tournament honors Wright, a longtime Capitol Division fencer who fenced sabre at Harvard graduating in 1941. After retiring from a distinguished career as an architect in Washington, DC, he returned to fencing at the NIH club in the 1990’s, when he was in his 70’s. He went to England on one of the first USA veteran teams before World Veteran Championships were officially recognized.


Meet Manager Lewis Sloter noted that after Wright’s passing in the spring of 2006, the Capitol Division executive board decided to name the fall vet event after him. Before then it was known as ‘The Graybeard Duel’ and was held around Veteran’s Day.


Sloter added, “[Wright] was the only person I’ve ever met who actually fenced in a duel.”


Congratulations to all the fencers in the Capitol area on joining us for this lively event. In addition to great fencing, fencer and blogger Badger Merritt wrote about sartorial fencing flair at the tourney.


Thanks also to our referees, and to meet manager Lewis Sloter, who capped off his meet management clinic with a live tutorial at the Tom Wright. Thanks for helping us grow the sport with this training opportunity, Lewis!


A special congratulations to DC Fencers Club members Kashi Way, who took gold in the Vet Combined Mixed Foil, and to Valerie Asher, who won the women’s category for the Mixed Epee event. Both will have their names engraved on the trophies, which reside at the club. Well done!


Full results are on AskFred.net.


Enjoy this photo essay on the DCFC Facebook page.


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The Fall Regional Youth Circuit event is no match for DCFCers


Mattias Cohen displays his Y12 Men’s Epee medal. Photo by Drew Cohen.




Congratulations to DCFC fencers on great results at the Fall Regional Youth Circuit in Richmond, Virginia last weekend! Proud parents, remember to share your pictures on the DCFC Facebook page so we can share the love!


Yunice Pyo, gold, Y14 Women’s Epee


Justin Haddad, silver, Y12 Men’s Epee


Noe Sitbon-Taylor, fifth place, Y12 Men’s Epee


Matthias Cohen, sixth place, Y12 Men’s Epee


Full results on askfred.net




Each generation of world fencing champions gets its start in a beginner fencing class.   This fall, DCFC beginner fencing classes introduce young people to the benefits of this Olympic sport. Beyond the fitness benefits, fencing promotes intellectual development, decisionmaking skills, self discipline, and confidence.  Classes are open to children ages 7 and up. Beginner through intermediate fencers are welcome, and equipment and uniforms are provided. For more information on getting involved in this Olympic sport, call 301-562-1990, email dcfencers@gmail.com, or visit www.dcfencing.com.



DCFC takes top spots at two club tournaments this weekend

Champagne Challenge and D and Under Results


DCFC’s got talent at all levels of fencing! This weekend, DC Fencers Club hosted two tournaments, and club members took the podium spots in both.


Thirty six fencers from clubs as far as Pennsylvania attended DCFC’s first D & Under Senior Mixed Epee tournament on Saturday, and DCFCers swept six of the top eight spots.


Then on Sunday, at the first Epee Champagne Challenge of the season, DCFCers swept seven of the top eight spots.


Thanks to our meet managers and referees for your time and talent. Congratulations to all our fencers who got in the game, and a special salute to the following DCFC fencers.


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DCFC D & Under Senior Mixed Epee

Saturday, September 27


Tianxing Cao, gold


Rory Nevins, silver


Daniel Sitbon-Taylor, bronze


Matteo Berger, seventh place


Claire Busch, eighth place


Full results on askfred.net


DCFC Epee Champagne Challenge

Sunday, September 28


Byron Neslund, gold


Corwin Duncan, silver


Andrew Nosil, bronze


Rebecca Chimahusky, bronze


Dennis Kraft, fifth place


David Ruskin, sixth place


Mateo Rueda, seventh place


Full results on askfred.net



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Upcoming Tournaments at DCFC


Remember to sign up for the upcoming tournaments at DCFC include


October 5 – The Tom Wright Memorial Veteran Tournament – three weapons, both genders, and all the fun!


November 1 – DCFC C and Under Epee Champagne Challenge – more festivus for the rest of us!


November 2 – DCFC Epee Champagne Challenge – join us and make a strong event even stronger.


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