july challenge



Our outstanding fencers earned 11 medals at the 2017 Summer Nationals in Salt Lake City!  Again, we set a new record for our club and earned the most epee medals of all clubs in New York!  We were just 1 medal short of #1 in the US.  To all who represented NYFA on or off the podium, thank you for your hard work and support, and congratulations to all of our fencers for showing your mettle on the strip.  You make us very proud to be Team NYFA!


Y10 National Championship
Ian Goldfine – Bronze. Amazing come back from losing 7-3 in bout for top 8!
Joshua Yavorovskiy – 14th

Y12 National Championship
Skyler Liverant – 5th. 1 touch away from bronze but great fencing
Nadia Gaberkorn – 6th. 1st individual SN medal
David Pavlenishvili – 8th & E2017. Great fencing and well-deserved medal
Anna Temiryaev – 32nd

Y14 National Championship
Ethan Kushnerik – 7th. Missed top 4 in Y14 by just 1 touch
Jaclyn Khrol – 10th
Nadia Gaberkorn – 19th
Jack Kambeseles – 23rd
Mark Dolgonos – 24th

Cadet July Challenge
Alan Temiryaev – Gold. Defended his title, winning 2 years in a row!
Jaclyn Khrol – 6th. Medaled in Cadets even though it’s her first Y14 year
Ethan Kushnerik – 13th. Great making top 16 in Cadets in his first Y14 year
Daniel Gaidar – 28th

Junior July Challenge
Alan Temiryaev – Bronze. 1st day, 1st medal for NYFA!

Div I July Challenge
Alan Temiryaev – 16th. Defeated Olympian/18th world- ranked, Ayman Fayez

Div II National Championship
Melanie Dolgonos – Bronze & B2017. 1st SN individual medal

Div III National Championship
Jack Kambeseles – Bronze & C2017. 1st SN individual medal, 1 touch away from finals
Daniel Gaidar – 22nd

Div IA National Championship
Samuel Bekker – 7th & A2017. Fenced great this competition
Ethan Kushnerik – 20th
Nathan Vaysberg – 28th

Senior Team July Challenge
NYFA (Chmut, Ponomarenko, Temiryaev, Vaysberg) – 6th out of 48.
The best senior team result for NYFA so far!


Anna Lanzman – Silver in the Maccabiah Games as anchor for Team USA!


USA Fencing All-Academic Team
Samuel Bekker – First Team
Anna Lanzman – First Team
Joshua Shuster – First Team
Vivian Zhao – First Team
Melanie Dolgonos – Honorable Mention

USA Fencing High School All-American Team
Joshua Shuster – First Team
Daniel Zaretsky – Second Team


Congratulations and best of luck in college!
Sam Bekker – New York University
Matthew Ko – Cornell University





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Dear NYFA Fencers and Parents,

The 2016 Summer Nationals in Dallas, Texas, was our most successful Nationals yet! We beat many of our records and achieved new heights, and we earned the most epee medals of all clubs in New York: eight medals and one coaches medal!  If Y10 wasn’t cancelled, NAC gold medalists Anna Temiryaev, Caralina Khrol, and Ian Goldfine would likely have added three more golds. They deserve kudos for working hard and coming to Dallas ready to win.

Alan Temiryaev wins the Cadet July Challenge at Nationals

Nationals was a huge success for Alan Temiryaev. Even though he’s in Y14, Alan made top 16 in Division 1, beating some of the top Juniors and Seniors. But that was just a start for Alan who took the Champion title in Cadets, showing really strong will and composure. In the bout for top 8, Alan was losing 9-2 but managed to turn it around, and from then on, Alan was unstoppable. He also claimed Silver in Y14 and finished the season just a couple of points short of 1st ranked in Y14.

Anton Chmut added to our success in Cadets by making top 8. Anton also made top 16 in Juniors which was his best personal result. Great fencing was also shown by Mark Dolgonos and Skyler Liverant. Both made top 16 in Y14 and earned their C2016 ratings. Ethan Kushnerik and Mark earned medals in Y12 and finished the season ranked 1st and 4th in the US, followed by Skyler Liverant (5th) who will start the season as number one seed in Y12.

Jackie Khrol wins the Y12 National Championship, Coach Misha Mokretsov earns Coaches medal
Jackie Khrol wins the Y12 National Championship, Coach Misha Mokretsov earns a Coaches medal

Jaclyn Khrol showed amazingly consistent results as she medaled in all three age groups in which she competed! Still in Y12, Jackie made top 8 in Cadets, top 8 in Y14 and claimed the National Championship title in Y12! Jackie earned her A2016 rating and I earned my first coaches medal! She finished the season as number one ranked in the nation. Great job, Jackie!!


We had success in the Senior team event as well, where Romain Cannone led our team to a top 8 finish against one of the strongest teams in the country. We beat the team that included the #2 and #4 ranked Juniors. Not to mention that NYFA teammates Nathan Vaysberg and Anton are Cadets. We lost to the same team a year ago, and this year we proved how much stronger we’ve become. Romain also did a great job making top 16 in Div1.

In addition, four of our students earned USA Fencing’s All-Academic Team honors for excelling in high school: Anton Chmut, Alan Temiryaev, Anna Lanzman, and Joshua Shuster.

Overall, I’m very happy with our results and I know that the better results we show, the higher the standards and expectations from parents will be. We will strive to measure up to these standards. But I can say that even the kids that didn’t do as well as they hoped, can be proud of themselves and be proud of being part of NYFA. Together, we really made our club one of the powerhouses in the US in youth fencing and we are starting to transfer this success to older age groups as well. I think we made some noise in the fencing community and we will continue to improve to become even better.

Thanks and congrats to all the kids, parents, and coaches for a great year, and surely we will work to make next season even more exciting!

Best regards,

Mark Dolgonos and Ethan Kushnerik, top 8 in Y12
Mark Dolgonos and Ethan Kushnerik, top 8 in Y12 with Coach Misha Mokretsov
Anton Chmut, 8th in Cadets w/Coach Slava Zingerman
Anton Chmut top 8 in Cadets w/Coach Slava Zingerman









Y12 National Championships
Jaclyn Khrol – Gold
Ethan Kushnerik – 5th
Mark Dolgonos – 6th
Caralina Khrol – 9th
Skyler Liverant – 11th
Arevik Amroyan – 30th

Y14 National Championships
Alan Temiryaev – Silver
Jaclyn Khrol – 7th
Mark Dolgonos – 13th and C2016
Skyler Liverant – 16th and C2016
Andrew Mufel – 20th

Cadet July Challenge
Alan Temiryaev – Gold
Anton Chmut – 8th
Jaclyn Khrol – 8th and A2016
Bennett Cohen – 21st

Junior July Challenge
Anton Chmut – 11th

Senior Team National Championship
NYFA: Cannone, Chmut, Shuster, Vaysberg – 8th
NYFAII: Bekker, Cohen, Ko, Temiryaev – 15th

Division I July Challenge
Romain Cannone – 15th
Alan Temiryaev – 16th

Division II National Championship
Anna Lanzman – 16th

Division III National Championship
Jack Kambeseles – 11th
Peter Kambeseles – 21st
Michael Mogilevich – 24th




Congratulations to all of our athletes who competed in the 2015 Summer Nationals & July Challenge in San Jose, California.  NYFA fencers earned 20 top 32 results, including 5 podium finishes and 2 new ratings!

  • Mark Dolgonos – Silver out of 96 in Y12 and E2015 rating!
  • Skyler Liverant – Bronze out of 56 in Y10
  • Nathan Vaysberg – 6th out of 161 in Y14 and A2015 rating!
  • Jordan Liverant – 6th out of 71 in Y12
  • Anton Chmut – 7th out of 161 in Y14 and 26th out of 114 in Cadets
  • Alan Temiryaev – 10th out of 163 in Division II and 25th out of 114 in Cadets
  • Jacklyn Khrol – 10th out of 71 in Y12
  • Caralina Khrol – 10th out of 51 in Y10 and 19th out of 71 in Y12
  • Bennett Cohen – 13th out of 161 in Y14
  • NYFA Team (Cannone, Cohen, Temiryaev, Vaysberg) – 16th out of 51 in Junior Teams
  • Ethan Kushnerik – 18th out of 96 in Y12
  • Melanie Dolgonos – 19th out of 119 in Y14
  • Jack Kambeseles – 26th out of 96 in Y12
  • Ian Goldfine – 27th out of 56 in Y10
  • Peter Kambeseles – 28th out of 96 in Y12
  • Michael Snyder – 29th out of 145 in Division III
  • Anna Temiryaev – 30th out of 51 in Y10
Mark Dolgonos, Silver & E2015 in Y12ME
Mark Dolgonos, Silver & E2015 in Y12ME 2015 Summer Nationals San Jose
Skyler Liverant Bronze Y10 2015 Summer Nationals San Jose
Skyler Liverant Bronze Y10 2015 Summer Nationals San Jose
Nathan Vaysberg 6th, Anton Chmut 7th Y14 Summer Nationals San Jose
Nathan Vaysberg 6th, Anton Chmut 7th Y14 Summer Nationals San Jose
Jordan Liverant 6th Y12 2015 Summer Nationals San Jose
Jordan Liverant 6th Y12 2015 Summer Nationals San Jose