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For Immediate Release: Brooklyn Fencer Jaclyn Khrol Top 8 in World Championship, #13 in World


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Contact: Misha Mokretsov, info.nyfa@gmail.com, (347) 741-1343

BROOKLYN FENCER JACLYN KHROL TOP 8 IN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP, #13 IN WORLD

Brooklyn, NY (April 30, 2021) – Jaclyn Khrol (Bensonhurst, Midwood High School) competed for the first time in the Junior (under-20) World Championship in Cairo, Egypt earlier this month, and rose to 13th in the world after her top 8 result in the most prominent international competition in the sport of fencing, after the Olympic Games.

Khrol has been fencing since she was nine years old and has had consistent success from the age of 10, with countless medals at North American Cups, Summer Nationals, and Junior Olympics, as well as World Cups. But in 2019, Khrol was crushed when she was just one spot away from making the National Team. “It was very hard to keep her inspired and motivated to start training again,” said her coach, Misha Mokretsov (New York Fencing Academy, Brooklyn, NY). “Jackie was so successful from a young age, that in her mind, she would make the National Team. But when it didn’t happen, it was very shocking for her.” The next year, the story repeated and again she was one spot short. “That was so disappointing,” said Khrol, “plus COVID started and I wasn’t able to train for 8 months.” That is an extremely long time to stop training for an athlete of her level. As soon as it was allowed, they started training again and it became obvious that she had a lot of work to do to get back in shape to the level needed for major events.

Then the good news came. Khrol recalled, “I was thrilled to learn that the World Championships were happening and I finally got selected for the team!” They had a very short time to prepare, but with a sharp training plan and Khrol’s experience, the student and coach created the best momentum they could for the 2021 World Championships.

“Jackie was a little uncomfortable going to her dream event after such a long break, but what she lacked in training, we knew she could cover with her mental game, experience and strategic thinking,” said coach Mokretsov.

The day of the competition, Khrol carried out her routine and looked ready. She started off winning her first bout confidently. For the second bout, Khrol began ahead 4-1 and finished 5-3. Next, against Carmen Andrea Correa Santa from Colombia, Khrol started winning 2-0 and later in the bout received 2 touches against her before realizing that her weapon wasn’t working. That threw off Khrol’s focus and she lost the bout in priority 2-3.

Even though she tried to get back in the zone, Khrol was still affected by the last bout and lost the next two bouts to athletes from Poland and Spain. Finally, Khrol managed to regain her confidence and won one more bout, finishing the pool round at 3-3. She ranked 58th out of 113 fencers.

In direct elimination, Khrol dominated her first bout against Kamilia Abdyl-Khamitova from Kyrgyzstan, even though it ended with a close 15-13 score. Next, Khrol faced an extremely hard opponent, Kinga Zgryzniak from Poland, who ranked 7th after pools and didn’t lose a single pool bout. Khrol was behind through most of the bout, but near the end with 18 seconds left and 2 points behind, she scored a touch and got to 11-12. Mokretsov recalled, “She had 5 seconds left to catch up and managed to do it when the clock had only .007 seconds remaining! Then in overtime, she won! That was an amazing bout and it put Jackie in a strong mindset for the next bout.”

To make top 16, Khrol fenced Olexandra Lazarenko from Ukraine and built a comfortable lead from the beginning, finishing 13-8. For top 8, Khrol faced a strong athlete from Egypt, Rodaina Gaafar. Again, Khrol was leading the whole bout and never let the opponent doubt her advantage. The final score was 15-12. To make top 4, Khrol had to face another Ukrainian athlete, Anastasiia Zelentsova. Khrol started ahead and kept it up until the last 15 seconds where she had a 3 point lead. At this point. Khrol started fencing too carefully and tried to save the lead rather than fence actively to keep the pressure on the opponent. Zelentsova fought up to a 1 point deficit with 5 seconds left. The plan was to retreat and pretend to defend but instead attack when the distance got close. But under the pressure, Khrol tried defense and Zelentsova evened up the score and won in priority. Khrol said, “I’m happy I made top 8 in my first junior world championship and moved up to 13th in world rankings! I have two more years in juniors and I’m seriously focused on beating this result!”

New York Fencing Academy (NYFA) was founded in 2010 in Brooklyn, NY by owner and head coach Misha Mokretsov. In 2018, NYFA opened their second location in Port Washington, Long Island, NY. NYFA is a center for excellence in epee, with one of the strongest competitive epee programs in the country. NYFA has produced National and World Champions, and has members on the USA and French national teams. NYFA provides private lessons, group classes, after school programs, and camps for students of all ages and all levels, beginners to advanced. Visit http://www.fencenyfa.com for more info.

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Contact: Misha Mokretsov, , cell phone: (347) 741-1343
Company: New York Fencing Academy
Brooklyn: 2896 W 12th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11224, club phone: (718) 996-0426
Long Island: 8 Haven Avenue, Port Washington, NY 11050, club phone: (516) 472-7042

info.nyfa@gmail.com

www.fenceNYFA.com  

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For Immediate Release: World Championship Bronze Medal for New York Fencer Skyler Liverant


Brooklyn, NY (April 15, 2021) –  The World Championships is the most prominent international competition in the sport of fencing, after the Olympic Games. Only three fencers from each country qualify to participate. For 17-year-old Skyler Liverant (Kensington, Brooklyn Prospect Charter School), this was his second World Championship in the Cadet (17 and under) age group, and his experience paid off with a bronze medal finish in Cairo, Egypt last week. 

Liverant’s coach, Misha Mokretsov at New York Fencing Academy, recalls, “when Skyler competed two years ago in the World Championship in Poland, he was only 15 years old fencing against opponents two years older, and he was overwhelmed by the magnitude of the event. This time, Skyler came fully prepared and knew what to expect.”

“I felt really confident,” Liverant confirmed. “I was practicing really well and was mentally prepared. Having been there before, I knew how I needed to approach the competition to win.”  The COVID-19 protocols didn’t seem to faze him either. Athletes remained in a “bubble” from arrival at the airport and throughout the competition. “On one hand it was hard to stay in the hotel all the time” said Liverant “but I think it also helped us to focus on the competition.”

Liverant started off feeling a little nervous and tight and lost the first pool bout by one touch. After discussing his mistakes with coach Mokretsov, he took off, fencing free and easy and winning the remaining bouts in his pool. He finished the pool round 14th out of 100 athletes. 

In the direct elimination round, Liverant first faced Krystof Pohnan from Czech Republic. Liverant was flawless, leading 14-0 and he finished the bout with a double touch to make 15-1. In his bout for top 16 against Lukin Bogdan from Kazakhstan, Liverant started confidently and held his lead throughout to lock in a 15-7 win. 

For Liverant, the most significant bout of the day was for top 8 when he had to beat fellow American, Henry Lawson. “It’s always a lot of pressure to fence a teammate at an international competition, especially World Championships,” Liverant said.  Lawson was ranked third after pools, and both fencers knew each other very well. It all came down to who could change the game enough to surprise the opponent. They fenced evenly to 7-7, then Liverant built a comfortable lead and won 15-9. 

The next bout determined whether Liverant would make top 4 and earn a medal. His competitor was Markus Salm from Estonia, whom Liverant fenced and beat in the pool round. Coach Mokretsov’s main advice was to not underestimate his opponent just because he beat him in the pools. Liverant was winning 13-8 and then lost 3 touches in a row. His lead narrowed to 13-11 and his coach intervened, changing tactics to attack more aggressively so as not to give too much freedom to the opponent. Liverant succeeded, won 15-12, and earned a medal. 

To make the finals, Liverant had to fence in the semifinals against a very strong fencer, Artem Sarkisyan from Russia. Liverant started to attack early in the match which was not the right strategy. Sarkisyan was very comfortable defending and with his lead, did not need to attack. With a strong performance, Liverant ended the day with the bronze medal, adding to USA’s success at this World Championship. 

“Skyler fenced his heart out,” said coach Mokretsov. “He really deserves this medal for all his hard work over the past eight years, his dedication and love for the sport of fencing, and very importantly his personal qualities – honesty, loyalty and diligence. It’s a beautiful way to finish the cadet age level and I know it will only inspire him to achieve greater results in the future.” 

New York Fencing Academy (NYFA) was founded in 2010 in Brooklyn, NY by owner and head coach Misha Mokretsov.  In 2018, NYFA opened their second location in Port Washington, Long Island, NY.  NYFA is a center for excellence in epee, with one of the strongest competitive epee programs in the country. NYFA has produced National and World Champions, and has members on the USA and French national teams.  NYFA provides private lessons, group classes, after school programs, and camps for students of all ages and all levels, beginners to advanced. Visit www.fencenyfa.com for more info.

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Contact: Misha Mokretsov, , cell phone: (347) 741-1343

Company: New York Fencing Academy

Brooklyn: 2896 W 12th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11224, club phone: (718) 996-0426

Long Island: 8 Haven Avenue, Port Washington, NY 11050, club phone: (516) 472-7042

info.nyfa@gmail.com

www.fenceNYFA.com  

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For Immediate Release: World Cup Silver Medal for Brooklyn Fencer on USA Team in Budapest


Brooklyn, NY (October 7, 2019) – This weekend Team USA earned silver in the Cadet World Cup in Budapest, Hungary. This was the first and strongest world cup of the season with most of the dominating nations in the world were present. Three New York Fencing Academy (NYFA) students represented the US: Skyler Liverant (Kensington, Brooklyn Prospect Charter School), Jaclyn Khrol (Bensonhurst, Midwood High School), and Ethan Kushnerik (Mill Basin, York Prep School). All three athletes are aiming to qualify for the World Championships which will be held in Salt Lake City, UT in April 2020.

Jaclyn Khrol made top 32 out of 289 athletes and was one touch short of winning the top 16 bout against Italy’s Margherita Baratta who eventually took bronze. Khrol was one of seven girls from the USA that earned international points and is now ranked #3 in the US. The top three athletes in each category will qualify for World Championships.

Skyler Liverant had the best result for team USA, earning bronze in the individual competition out of 324 athletes. This was Liverant’s personal best result which moved him into the #1 spot on US rankings and #5 in the world. Team USA National Coach, Alex Zurabishvili said, “On his way to bronze medal, Skyler was fighting for every touch, very focused and coachable, high level of focus, determined to win.”

Liverant recalled, “I was very focused throughout the competition, both bouts in direct elimination for top 64 and 32 came down to one touch to decide the winner but I stayed calm, relaxed and confident about what I was going to do and I believed I could do it!”

In the first direct elimination bout for top 64, Liverant was down the entire time against a Russian fencer, until the end. With a score of 11:14, Liverant managed to catch up and win 15:14. In his second DE bout, Liverant also won by one touch.

The next day, Liverant and his US teammates earned silver in the team event. Liverant trains at New York Fencing Academy in Brooklyn with coach Misha Mokretsov who said, “Skyler is one of the youngest athletes on the traveling USA team (top 20 athletes), but nevertheless was the most experienced since he is the only one who made Team USA last year and participated in the World Championships! We expect him to keep up his level of fencing and lead other USA fencers. He is very hard working and trained non-stop the whole summer while many were on vacation. Hard work pays off and we will keep working hard to qualify for World Championships in Salt Lake City and fight for medals there!”

New York Fencing Academy (NYFA) was founded in 2010 in Brooklyn, NY by owner and head coach Misha Mokretsov. In 2018, NYFA opened their second location in Port Washington, Long Island, NY. NYFA is a center for excellence in epee, with one of the strongest competitive epee programs in the country. NYFA has produced National and World Champions, and has members on the USA and French national teams. NYFA provides private lessons, group classes, after school programs, and camps for students of all ages and all levels, beginners to advanced. Visit http://www.fencenyfa.com for more info.

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Contact: Misha Mokretsov, , cell phone: (347) 741-1343
Company: New York Fencing Academy
Brooklyn: 2896 W 12th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11224, club phone: (718) 996-0426
Long Island: 8 Haven Avenue, Port Washington, NY 11050, club phone: (516) 472-7042
info.nyfa@gmail.com
http://www.fenceNYFA.com

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For Immediate Release: Long Island and Brooklyn Fencers Win North American Cup Medals, Vie for National Teams


Brooklyn, NY (November 13, 2018) – Four teen fencers from Long Island and Brooklyn had success at the North American Cup in Kansas City, Missouri last weekend, earning gold, bronze, and top 8 medals, and strengthening their chances for selection to the US and Canadian national teams. These athletes come from different high schools but train and travel together as clubmates at New York Fencing Academy, with one goal in common: to compete for their countries on the international stage.

Skyler Liverant, a freshman at Brooklyn Prospect Charter High School, earned 5th place in Juniors, two categories above his age group. Now ranked number two nationally, Liverant has a good chance at making the US Cadet national team. His coach, Misha Mokretsov at New York Fencing Academy in Coney Island, Brooklyn, said, “Skyler is only 14 and was having a blast fencing some of the best 17-20 year olds in the country, so when he beat them, he was ecstatic.” Liverant’s highlight of the day was defeating Notre Dame’s Stephen Ewart, a 3-time national team member and Junior and Division 1 champion. Liverant will attempt to solidify his position at the Cadet Circuit in Bonn, Germany later this month.

Alan Temiryaev, a senior at Hewlett High School who has verbally committed to Columbia University, won his second Junior national title last weekend. Temiryaev hopes to make the US Junior national team, and after a tough start to the season, was determined to have a strong showing. “I won my first four bouts, then twisted my ankle badly and lost the next two. But I’m glad I was able to overcome the pain and win” said Temiryaev. He had to defeat his clubmates, NYU fencer Sam Bekker, and Liverant, to go on to beat World Championship silver medalist, Ryan Griffiths, and Youth Olympics bronze medalist, Isaac Herbst, in the finals. Temiryaev will try to add to his winning record at the upcoming World Cups in Riga, Latvia and in Luxembourg.

Jaclyn Khrol, sophomore at Midwood High School, showed great consistency, earning bronze in Juniors and top 8 in Cadets. Khrol is currently second in team points to make the US national team. In one week she will represent Team USA at the Junior World Cup in Puerto Rico, and then will join clubmate, Temiryaev, in Luxembourg. She is proud to have her little sister, Caralina Khrol, an 8th grader at Joseph B. Cavallaro Middle School, follow in her footsteps. Caralina also earned a bronze medal, in the under 14 age group.

Steven Grams, Great Neck South High School senior, earned 7th place in Juniors. This was a comeback for Grams who lost almost the entire last season due to knee injuries, after starting off well with a silver and top 8 at last year’s Cadet NACs. “Now that he’s back, the first priority is to keep him healthy to train,” said his coach, Marat Israelian, at New York Fencing Academy in Port Washington, Long Island. “Hopefully this gives him the confidence to believe in his abilities. With practice, the sky’s the limit.” Grams will also compete in Luxembourg, and aims to secure a spot on the Canadian Junior national team.

 

New York Fencing Academy (NYFA) was founded in 2010 in Brooklyn, NY by owner and head coach Misha Mokretsov. In 2018, NYFA opened their second location in Port Washington, Long Island, NY. NYFA is a center for excellence in epee, with one of the strongest competitive epee programs in the country. NYFA has produced National and World Champions, and has members on the USA and French national teams. NYFA provides private lessons, group classes, after school programs, and camps for students of all ages and all levels, beginners to advanced. Visit http://www.fencenyfa.com for more info.

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Contact: Misha Mokretsov, , cell phone: (347) 741-1343
Company: New York Fencing Academy
Brooklyn: 2896 W 12th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11224, club phone: (718) 996-0426
Long Island: 8 Haven Avenue, Port Washington, NY 11050, club phone: (516) 472-7042
info.nyfa@gmail.com
http://www.fenceNYFA.com

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For Immediate Release: Brooklyn Trained Fencer Places 12th at His First Junior World Championship in Verona, Italy


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Brooklyn, NY (April 2, 2018) – First-time Junior World Championship Team member, 17-year-old, Alan Temiryaev, took 12th place in the individual epee competition on the first day of the Junior and Cadet World Championships in Verona, Italy.

Temiryaev, a member of last year’s Cadet World Team, defeated Marin Atanasov (BUL), 15-11, and Fynn Fafard (CAN), 14-11, to advance to the 32.

“I just came in feeling really confident. I was inspired by some other fencers who believe that if you believe you can do it, then you can do it,” Temiryaev said. “That was my mentality, especially against Fafard, where the score was touch for touch. I just believed I had to be stronger and more dominant and if I just believed in myself like I did, I just got those touches. It’s all about confidence and pulling through.”

After easily taking the bout against Goncalo Alves (POR), 15-5, Temiryaev faced Davide Di Veroli (ITA), the 2017 Cadet World Champion. Temiryaev kept the bout close, but at 9-8, Di Veroli put up three straight single touches and used the momentum to win, 15-10. Di Veroli went on to claim the silver in the event. Temiryaev will be back in action on Monday as part of the Cadet World Team.

“This is my first Junior World Championships and I hope there will be many more. I’m quite pleased with my result,” Temiryaev said. “Of course we would have wanted to do more and achieve as much as possible, but you know your limits and then for next year you work harder to achieve those limits.”

Temiryaev is a student at New York Fencing Academy in Coney Island, Brooklyn, NY. He has been training with Coach Misha Mokretsov since he began fencing at age 10.

New York Fencing Academy (NYFA) was founded in 2010 by owner and head coach Misha Mokretsov and is located in the Coney Island neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY. NYFA has quickly become a center for excellence in epee, with one of the strongest competitive epee programs in the country. NYFA has been ranked #1 in youth epee and Fencing Club of the Year by National Fencing Club Rankings, and has produced National and World Champions, and has members on the USA cadet and junior national teams and French junior national team. NYFA provides private lessons, group classes, day camps, and the biggest Summer epee camp in the US. Visit http://www.fencenyfa.com for more info.

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Contact: Misha Mokretsov
Company: New York Fencing Academy
Address: 2896 W 12th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11224
Club Phone: (718) 996-0426
Cell Phone: (347) 741-1343
info.nyfa@gmail.com
http://www.fenceNYFA.com

Alan Temiryaev (left) 12th in World Championships Juniors Verona, Italy 1 april 2018 pc: Trifiletti / Bizzi