DC Fencers Club Member Amanda Sirico Medals at National and World Fencing Championships

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Sirico (right) defeats London Olympic medalist Kelly Hurley (left) on her way to bronze at the Division 1 National Championship (Women’s Epee) in Minneapolis, MN, April 2014. Photo by Sally Gifford.

Sirico to represent Notre Dame in Division 1 NCAA Fencing this fall



April 21, 2014

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(SILVER SPRING, MD) – Within the space of three days, DC Fencers Club member Amanda Sirico (Bowie, MD) medaled in two Championship events seven time zones apart. On Friday, April 11, Sirico anchored the U.S. Junior Women’s Epee team to win silver at the Junior World Fencing Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. The next day she hopped on a plane to Minneapolis, Minnesota, where on Sunday, she took bronze in the Division 1 U.S. National Championships. This remarkable feat is just the latest in a series of stellar results from this promising young athlete.


With the World Championship results, Sirico jumped to the #14 ranked Junior (under 20) women’s epee fencer in the world. Her bronze at the Division 1 Championships makes her the #1 ranked Junior Women’s Epee fencer in the United States, and the #4 ranked Senior (over 20) Women’s Epee fencer in the U.S.


Sirico (USA) in a very close bout against Lehis (Estonia) at Junior Worlds, April 2014. Photo by Serge Timacheff.

While Sirico competed in the Cadet (under 17) category at Junior Worlds last season, in her first year competing in the older age group she advanced to the top eight in Junior Women’s Epee. Sirico missed the semifinals by one touch, 11-12 against four time Junior World competitor Katrina Lehis of Estonia, who went on to win the individual event. Sirico’s finish was the highest for the US Junior Women’s Epee squad.


In the Junior World Championship team event, Sirico served as anchor, securing team victories against Switzerland, Romania, and Hungary. In the finals, Team USA fought hard against Team Russia, with a final score of 34-45 to earn silver.


Sirico and DCFC Head Coach Janusz Smolenski celebrate her team silver at Junior Worlds in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, April 2014.

“Her fencing is always either good or excellent,” said DC Fencers Club Head Coach Janusz Smolenski, who coached Sirico at Junior Worlds. “Amanda is extremely consistent, which is one of the most important and difficult things to do in fencing.”


At the Division 1 Championships on Sunday, in the quarterfinals Sirico won against London Olympian Kelley Hurley (who won a bronze medal in the team event in 2012). She then lost a close semifinal bout (15-11) against another 2012 Olympian, Courtney Hurley.


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Sirico after defeating London Olympic medalist Kelly Hurley, at the Division 1 National Championship, April 2014. Photo by Sally Gifford.

“It was definitely an experience getting to fence both Hurleys in one day,” said Sirico. “But I tried my best to stay optimistic, keep my cool, and go in ready to make them fight for the win, Olympians or not.”


In May, Sirico competes in two international competitions, a Senior World Cup in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and a Grand Prix in Havana, Cuba. Sirico is aiming for a spot on U.S. Team for the 2014 Senior World Championships, to be held this July in Kazan, Russia.


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.


Summer Fencing Camps


Each generation of fencing champions gets its start in a beginner fencing class. This summer, DCFC summer fencing camps 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. In July and August, DCFC hosts five separate weeklong day camps for children ages 7 and up. Camps are open to beginner through intermediate fencers, 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.


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.


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DCFC closed on Easter Monday

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DC Fencers Club will be closed on Monday, April 21 in observance of Easter.


We will reopen on Tuesday, April 22.


Safe travels and happy Easter.


Division 1 Championship/April North American Cup – Results

IMG_8980 copyApril Division 1 Women’s Epee top eight, including DCFCer Margherita Guzzi (first place), former DCFC member Kat Holmes (bronze) and DCFC member Amanda Sirico (bronze).



A big salute to all our DC Fencers Club members who travelled to Minnesota to compete in the Division 1 National Championship and April North American Cup on April 10-14, 2014.


DCFCers brought home eight medals, including a gold, two silver, three bronze and two more top eight spots.


Amanda Sirico won bronze in the Division 1 Women’s Epee National Championship event, a whole two days after winning silver in the Junior World Championship Team event in Bulgaria!  More on that big achievement soon!


Kudos to Kat Holmes, Capitol Division Member and former DCFC member, who tied for bronze in the same event.

We also salute 2014 National Champion Margherita Guzzi Vincenti, who took gold in the same event.  Margherita, who graduated from Penn State in December after an outstanding NCAA fencing career under Coach Emmanuil Kaidanov, plans to represent DC Fencers Club in the 2014-15 season.


DCFCers also took podium spots in the Veterans event.  Way to go, Diane, Peter, and to Jim Adams on your two medals in foil and sabre!


Congratulations to all our fencers who got in the game, and thanks to our families and friends for your support.


A photo essay of the April NAC can be found on our Facebook page.




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


Diane Trice, silver, Veteran 50 women’s epee


Peter Calderon, silver, Veteran 70 Men’s Foil


Amanda Sirico, bronze, Division 1 Women’s Epee


Jim Adams, bronze, Veteran 70 Men’s Sabre, bronze, Veteran 70 Men’s Foil


Joe Deucher, seventh place, Veteran 40 Men’s Epee, eighth place, Veteran Open Men’s Epee


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Fences with Wolves 2014 Youth Tournament

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DCFC is proud to host the third annual Fences with Wolves youth mixed epee tournament on May 4, 2014.


This tournament, which benefits the Yellowstone Park Foundation, is run by DCFC Y14 member Jacob Asher.  Over the past two years this terrific group of youth fencers has raised $10,000 for the foundation.


We have commemorative wrist bands; great prizes for top four  Y10, Y12, and Y14 fencers; medals for top 8 in all age groups; prizes for the fencer in each age group with the most sponsors; and the chance to get your name on our very cool permanent trophy.


Come join the pack and battle for the title of alpha wolf!




2014 Cherry Blossom Open – Results



Amanda Sirico (far right) wins gold and Rebecca Chimahusky (fourth from right) wins bronze in the Senior Women’s Epee event at the 2014 Cherry Blossom Open. Photos by David Ruskin



Congratulations to DCFC members on their great results at the Cherry Blossom Open, held at University of Maryland this weekend. DCFCers won several top-eight spots, and many top 16 results as well.

Special thanks2014-03-22-4183 to David Ruskin, who, when he wasn’t earning a B rating in the Senior Mixed Epee event, took some fabulous photos.   See the 2014 Cherry Blossom Open photo album  on the DCFC Facebook page.

See the full results at askfred.net.


2014 Cherry Blossom Open – Results

Amanda Sirico, gold, Senior Women’s Epee

Peter Souders, gold, Senior Mixed Sabre

Clinton Feihong Rodell, silver, Senior Mixed Epee

Rebecca Chimahusky, bronze, Senior Women’s Epee

Roshan Talagala, bronze, Senior Mixed Foil

Dennis Kraft, fifth place, Senior Mixed Epee

Brooke Sirico, seventh place, Senior Women’s Sabre

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A medal in Memphis for DCFC fencer Sam Cohen


Sam Cohen with his proud father, Drew.


DCFC sent a daring dozen fencers all the way to Memphis, Tennessee to compete in the March North American Cup last weekend. This North American Cup features several youth events  for Youth 10, 12, 14 competitors in epee, sabre, and foil, as well as Y10 and Y12 team events.

DCFC salutes Samuel Cohen (Kensington, MD) for winning bronze at the Division III Men’s Saber event at the Memphis North American Cup on Sunday.  Cohen, 14, is a freshman at Albert Einstein High School.  As a result of his efforts, Sam earned his C rating.  Congratulations, Sam!



From L-R: Yixuan Pei, Andrew Nosil, Sam Dietrich, Jacob Asher, and team captain Justin Haddad at the March North American Cup in Memphis, TN

Kudos also go out to Yixuan Pei, Andrew Nosil, Sam Dietrich, Jacob Asher, and team captain Justin Haddad on advancing to fourth place in the Y14 Team Men’s Epee event at the March North American Cup in Memphis, TN.

Full results from the March North American Cup can be found here.

Photo essay of youth epee event



Thanks to David Ruskin for creating a beautiful photo essay of youth participating in an epee tournament on Sunday, March 16.  The full photo essay can be seen on the DCFC Facebook page.

DC Fencers Club is closed on Monday, March 17 due to inclement weather

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DC Fencers Club is closed on Monday, March 17, 2014 due to inclement weather.  We follow the federal government closure policies.  If the federal government is closed due to inclement weather (or for a federal holiday), so are we.  We will be open on Tuesday.  Stay safe on the roads, and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!


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March Sabre & Epee Champagne Challenge – Results

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Congratulations to all our DCFCers who competed in the March Sabre & Epee Champagne Challenge on March 8-9, 2014.
In the senior mixed open epee event, DCFCers swept the medals and took six of the top eight spots, and in the senior mixed sabre event, DCFCers took gold and bronze.
Thanks to David Ruskin for documenting the event. A photo album can be found on the DCFC Facebook page, as well as on the DC Fencers Club Flickr page.
Senior Mixed Sabre
Jacob Asch, gold
James Cameron, bronze
Senior Mixed Epee
Dennis Kraft, gold
Isaac Shelanski, silver
Nathan Bailey, bronze
Paul Klatzman, bronze


Capitol Division Summer National Qualifiers – Results



From L-R: Claire Busch, Meghan Sirico, Sally Gifford, Blue Keleher, and Sanzhina Erdeeva celebrate qualifying for Summer Nationals in the Women’s Epee event. Photo by David Ruskin



Congratulations to all the Capitol Division fencers in epee, sabre, and foil who came out to compete in the Capitol Division Summer National Qualifiers this weekend. Several DCFCers took top spots at the event, including Claire Busch, James Cameron, Jordan Schneider, and many more DCFCers medaled and qualified for various SN events. Full results can be found in the askfred link below.


A special thank you to Meet Manager Lewis Sloter, to our bout committee, and to our sharp-dressed referees for running a smooth event. Thanks also to our fencing parents and friends for supporting the fencing competitors in your lives!


David Ruskin documented the event, and his photo essay can ben seen on the DCFC Facebook page.


See you on the strip!


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