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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DCFC Epee Clinic, February 1

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DCFC Epee Clinic

 

Are you ready for the second half of the season? Are you ready for Junior Olympics? Join DCFC Head Coach Janusz Smolenski for this epee clinic focusing on tactical and mental preparation for competitions. Join us and get in fighting form.

 

Sunday, February 1

10:00 am – 1:00 pm

DC Fencers Club

Fee $45 payable to DCFC

Register on askfred.net

 

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Sabre/Epee Champagne Challenge this weekend at DCFC

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January 20, 2015

It’s double header time at DCFC! Sign up for this weekend’s Sabre/Epee Champagne Challenge on askfred.net. Join us!

Two medals in two days for Bowie Olympic hopeful fencer Amanda Sirico

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Amanda Sirico (back row, second from left) celebrates her gold in Junior Women’s Epee, January North American Cup, in Salt Lake City, January 2015. Photo by David Ruskin.

 

For immediate release

January 14, 2015

Contact: DC Fencers Club

dcfencers@gmail.com

 

Two medals in two days for Bowie Olympic hopeful fencer Amanda Sirico

 

SILVER SPRING, MD — Amanda Sirico, 18, of Bowie, Maryland won gold in Junior (Under 20) Women’s Epee and bronze in Division 1 Women’s Epee at the January North American Cup, held January 9-12 in Salt Lake City, Utah. With another gold under her belt, Sirico maintains her rank at #1 Junior Women’s Epee fencer in the United States. She is also ranked fourth in the world for Juniors and 6th in the US for seniors.

 

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

 

When asked how she took the gold in the junior event on Friday, Sirico replied, “Keeping a very cool head helped me win gold in Junior. I needed a cool head because there were many bouts that I started down, so I needed a level head to find the solutions to the bouts and ultimately win.”

 

In the Division 1 event on Sunday, Sirico went undefeated through the quarterfinals, including a win against 2012 Olympic medalist Kelley Hurley. Division 1 (Senior) events are open to fencers ages 16 and up, and can be full of surprises. “The main difference between junior and senior women’s epee is the experience level of the competitors, which is attributed to the difference in age categories. This being said, there is a huge mix of people that you might fence in senior, age-wise, skill-wise, and experience-wise, that it’s important to prepare for anything.”

  “There is a huge mix of people that you might fence … age-wise, skill-wise, and experience-wise … it’s important to prepare for anything.”

Top results for Amanda Sirico

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, 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)
  • 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)

 

What’s next for Sirico? “Finishing the second semester of my freshman year, and continuing to train hard for my upcoming competitions.” Sirico added. Her next international competition is in Barcelona, Spain.

 

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 results at the December North American Cup

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

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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.

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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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