May 17 – Fences With Wolves


Mark your calendars for the fourth annual “Fences With Wolves” on Sunday, May 17 at DC Fencers Club. This is a Y10, Y12, and Y14 mixed epee event. Register on


This tournament is a fundraiser for the Wolf Project of the Yellowstone Park Foundation. Over the past three years, Fencers With Wolves has raised $15,000 to study the long-term impact of wolves, which were reintroduced to the Park’s ecosystem in 1995.  The fundraising web site is here.


Participants may join the pack and seek sponsors as they battle for the title of Alpha Wolf. Sponsorship forms, allowing sponsors to pledge per point scored, will be emailed to preregistrants.  All fencers receive a commemorative wristband, and there are wolf-themed prizes for medalists, as well as a prize in each age group for the fencer with the most sponsors.


Registration fee is $35 for preregistered fencers and $45 at the door. A portion of tournament fees will go directly to the Yellowstone Wolf Project. You can only register in ONE event.


Register on and see you in the wolf pack!

April North American Cup – Results



Yixuan Pei, fourth from left, earns bronze in Division II Men’s Epee at the April NAC. Photo courtesy of US Fencing.


DCFC salutes Yixuan Pei on winning bronze in the Division II Men’s Epee at the April North American Cup in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Congratulations to all our fencers who gave it their best. Full results at

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DCFCers medal in final Champagne Challenge of the season


Champagne for everyone! The final Champagne Challenge of the season took place on Sunday, April 12 at DC Fencers Club.  It was a golden, bubbly success for several DCFCers. Congratulations to all our competitors, and a special salute to the DCFCers who took top spots.


Yixuan Pei, gold
Marcus Johnson, bronze
Kevin Eckert, bronze
Sam Dietrich, fifth place
Scott Dubinsky, sixth place
Andrew Nosil, seventh place

Full results on

Join us at our upcoming tournaments at DCFC, including the following.  Register on!

May 17 – Fences With Wolves – Y10, Y12 & Y14 Mixed Epee

May 30-31 – Captain Steere Open

June 7 – Amazon Open XII

June 20-21 – Tune-Up Tournament


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Amanda Sirico at the 2015 Junior World Championships


Amanda Sirico anchors Team USA to win over Team Hungary in the Junior Women’s Team event at the 2015 Junior Worlds. Photo courtesy of Serge Timacheff/FIE


Amanda Sirico at the 2015 Junior World Fencing Championships



Amanda Sirico, the 2015 U.S. Junior National Champion, was a silver medalist in the Junior Worlds team competition in 2014, but fell one bout short of earning an individual medal in 2014. She came to the 2015 Junior Worlds in Tashkent, Uzbekistan with her eyes on the podium, but she struggled in the pool rounds and ended with a 48th seed after two opening losses.


Despite her low seed, Sirico won her table of 128 bout against Sheila Liliana Tejeda (MEX), 15-9 and defeated Veronica Bos (NED), 15-8, in the table of 64.


In the table of 32, Sirico took on her 2014 teammate, Mason Speta (Chicago, Ill.) who was seeded 16th after a 5-1 pool result. Speta led the bout, 8-7, after the first period, but Sirico tied the bout at 13 and scored two singles to defeat Speta, 15-13.


Sirico held Junior World No. 1 Roberta Marzani (ITA) at a tie after the first period of the quarter-finals before the 2014 Junior World medalist pulled away with a 10-7 lead in the second and a 15-9 win late in the third.


For full results visit this page.


In the Junior Worlds Women’s Team Epee event, Team USA advanced past Korea in the T32 (35-32) and in the T16 against Spain (45-30). In the quarterfinals, they faced fourth seed Team Hungary. In overtime, Amanda Sirico scored the last touch over Hungary, 40-39, to put Team USA into the semifinals against Russia. After a 41-33 loss to Russia in the semis, Team USA placed fourth after a 44-29 loss to Germany in the bronze medal final.


For full team results, visit this page.


Congratulations on a solid effort by Team USA’s Amanda Sirico, Jessie Radanovich, Mason Speta and Madeline Antekeier!


See a photo album of Amanda Sirico at Junior Worlds (courtesy of Serge Timacheff/FIE) at the DCFC Facebook page.



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Champagne Challenge, April 12



April 12 is the last Champagne Challenge of the season. Will you join us for some bubbly? It’s an A2, and it will be even better with you! Register on

Easter Closure Alert





DC Fencers Club will be closed for the Easter Holiday, from Friday, April 3 through Monday, April 6.  We will reopen on Tuesday, April 7.


Happy Passover, Happy Easter, and enjoy your holiday weekend.



DCFC blooms at the Cherry Blossom Open


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

March 30, 2015

when cherry blossoms
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.


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

Yixuan Pei, bronze

Sam Dietrich, sixth place
Jeff Snider, eighth place


From L-R – Sam Dietrich, Dennis Kraft, Yixuan Pei, and Clinton Feihong Rodell celebrate their top spots. Photo by David Ruskin.


Senior Women’s Epee

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

A photo essay by David Ruskin can be found on the DCFC Facebook page.

For full results, visit

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

Thanks for joining us!

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.




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


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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