DCFC results at the December North American Cup


Valerie Asher celebrates her gold medal victory in Vet 50 Women’s Epee at the Dallas North American Cup



DCFC medals at the Dallas North American Cup


DCFC sent more than 20 fencers deep into the heart of Texas, and they came back with medals from the Dallas North American Cup (December 5-8) at the Dallas Convention Center.  This national event featured competitions in all three weapons (epee, foil, and sabre) in the Division I, II, and Veteran age categories.


DCFC gives a grand salute to Valerie Asher who won gold in Vet 50 Women’s Epee at the Dallas North American Cup on Saturday. Asher made a quick return to the top ranks after being waylaid by injury last season.


In Division 1 Women’s Epee, Margherita Guzzi Vincenti and Amanda Sirico earned bronze and sixth place medals respectively in Division 1 Women’s Epee. Kudos also to Capitol division member Kat Holmes on earning silver in the same event.


Dennis Kraft earns a top eight spot in Division I Men’s Epee at the December North American Cup

In Division 1 Men’s Epee, Dennis Kraft earned the number eight spot advancing past a field of more than 190 competitors.  Dennis was seeded 111 out of pools, and he took out the number 17 seed to take his path. After that, Kraft advanced all the way to the table of 8, straight through repêchage.


On the final day of competition, Sam Dietrich earned the number six spot in Division II Men’s Epee and  Sally Gifford advanced to eighth place in Veteran Women’s Epee.


DCFC salutes former Veteran World Champion Kaz Campe on his bronze medal in Vet 70 Men’s Epee.  Jim Adams got the trifecta with medals in Vet 70 Men’s Foil (sixth place), Vet 70 Men’s Epee (seventh place), and Vet 70 Men’s Sabre (seventh place).


Thanks also to Jim Adams, who organized a wonderful Veteran Fencers dinner on Saturday night. We learned a great deal about our fellow veterans fencers from the US and abroad. Thank you, Jim, for your efforts in bringing together this community.


DCFC December NAC Results


Valerie Asher, gold, Vet 50 Women’s Epee

Margherita Guzzi Vincenti, bronze, Division 1 Women’s Epee

Kaz Campe, bronze, Vet 70 Men’s Epee

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

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

Sam Dietrich, sixth place, Division II Men’s Epee

Dennis Kraft, eighth place, Division 1 Men’s Epee

Sally Gifford eighth place, Vet Combined Women’s Epee


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Thanksgiving closure alert, November news and results


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Brooke Sirico (third from left) and the rest of Team USA at the Grenoble Cadet Women’s Epee Challenge in France.

Holiday closure alert – DCFC will be closed Wednesday, November 26 through Sunday, November 30 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. We will reopen on Monday, December 1. Safe travels and a Happy Thanksgiving to you!


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Past and present DC Fencers Club members met in New Haven on November 8 for the Dernell Every Memorial meet for Yale fencers and alumni. Ian Richards (’17) faced teammate Reed Srere (’17) in the men’s saber final with Ian taking gold and Reed taking silver. Lillie Lainoff (’17) took silver in women’s saber, and Valerie Asher (’82) took silver in women’s epee. James Rohrbach (’05) who dusted off his equipment for the first time in many years lost 14-15 to get to the medal rounds. Boolah boolah!


In her first world circuit fencing tournament of the season, Amanda Sirico, 18, of Bowie, Maryland, won silver 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. Read the full story at dcfencing.com Find the full release at dcfencing.com.


Kudos to Jeff Snider on winning the mixed open Veteran’s Day Vets 40+ event at Dark Horse Fencing Club in Fredericksburg, VA on November 15. Joe Deucher won bronze in the same event! Full results here.


Congratulations to our Midwestern DCFCer, Margherita Guzzi Vincenti, who won gold at the “Chuck Willis Memorial,” mixed open tournament organized by the Parkway Fencing Club at the Simon Recreation Center, St. Louis University on November 22.


Congratulations to Brooke Sirico who helped advance Team USA to fifth place in Cadet Women’s Team Epee at the Grenoble Cadet Challenge in France. Way to go!


We salute all our DCFCers who qualified for Junior Olympics. Full results can be found here.


Three Champagne Challenges in November

On November 1-2, DCFC hosted a double-header Champagne Challenge (a C and under, and a Senior Mixed Epee event) and another Senior Mixed Epee Champagne Challenge on November 24. Congratulations Clinton, Ezra, Arjuna, Gaetan, Dennis, Isaac, Sam, Dale, Claire and Daniel on taking podium spots in these events. Full results here, here, and here.


Upcoming tournaments


There will be a Y12 and under Capitol Division Tournament at DCFC on December 21. Register here and join us.


The next DCFC Champagne Challenge is an Epee/Sabre double header on January 24-25. Sign up on askfred.net today!


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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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