Another season has ended with Summer Nationals, the biggest fencing event in the world. More than 5,000 athletes converged in Anaheim, California to compete in all age groups and weapons. NYFA was represented by 13 athletes: Sophia Chelnitsky, Alex Watkins, Michael Burovsky, Anton Chmut, Bennett Cohen, Sam Burman, Richard Kim, Alan Temiryaev, Anna Brosgol, Skyler Chin, Romain Cannone, Jackie Khrol, and Luca Bellomi. Some are seasoned and experienced but most are young and promising athletes who were fencing in a competition of such scale for the first time. All should be proud to have made it to Summer Nationals – you qualified, fought hard and gained great experience for future events. Congratulations!
Top 32 Results:
Division 3 Men’s Epee National Championship Richard Kim – 8th out of 129 (D2012 rating)
Y10 Men’s Epee North American Cup Alan Temiryaev – Silver Medal out of 60
Cadet Women’s Epee North American Cup Anna Brosgol – 24th out of 141 (C2012 rating)
Y14 Men’s Epee National Championship Skyler Chin – 12th out of 176
Cadet Men’s Epee North American Cup
Romain Cannone – 23rd out of 214
Y10 Women’s Epee North American Cup
Jackie Khrol – 16th out of 29
Junior Men’s Epee Team North American Cup
NYFA Team (Romain Cannone, Luca Bellomi, Richard Kim) – 16th out of 49
Brooklyn’s New York Fencing Academy took home three medals from the North American Cup in Virginia Beach this past weekend.
NYFA was the only fencing club with two athletes making the top eight in the Y14 age group. Skyler Chin earned 5th place out of 107 fencers in the Y14 men’s epee. To attain this position he won all six bouts in his pool despite having missed the entire season due to injuries. The Cup was his first major tournament since the last Summer Nationals where he took 3rd place in Y14 and 2nd in Division 2.
Also competing in Y14, Romain Cannone made the top eight for the third time this fencing season. Although he had to face a stronger opponent due to losing two of the six bouts, Cannone still made 8th place out of 107 fencers. After this tournament Romain is ranked #4 in USA in his age group.
In another age group, Y10, Brooklyn resident Alan Temiryaev took 8th place out of 29 fencers at his first national competition. In addition, a good effort was put forth by Bennett Cohen who made top 32 in Y12 at his first North American Cup.
The North American Cup features competitors from the U.S. and countries around the world, making the competition tougher and stronger than regular tournaments. Held annually in April, the North American Cup is the most substantial tournament before the biggest tournament of the season, the Summer Nationals in July.
The New York Fencing Academy will continue to hone the skills of its members by hosting international fencers from Germany for the next two weeks.
Brooklyn, NY, October 25, 2011 – Fencers from the New York Fencing Academy (NYFA) traveled to Richmond, Virginia last weekend to compete among 2,000 athletes in the North American Cup. Some went for the training and experience, while others vied for national points and delivered their best performances to date.
Annie Morelli, 15, from Brooklyn, was determined to do better at this Cadets (under 17) NAC than she did at the July NAC in Reno. She’s been training for 8 hours a week and the hard work paid off. “It was her day,” her coach, Misha Mokretsov said, “she felt timing perfectly and was very patient and stable. Once she got the lead, she never gave it back.” On her way to earning her first national Silver medal in Cadets Women’s Epee, Annie defeated #7 ranked Horowitz and #3 ranked Sirico. She also earned an “A2011” rating – the highest possible, as well as national points which led to her selection to represent the US at the Cadets World Cup in Grenoble, France. Her next goal is to make the national team in 2012.
Romain Cannone, 14, from Manhattan, has been competing for less than two years, but that didn’t stop him from earning two NAC medals this weekend. Romain was focused and fencing well throughout the Division III (D & under rated) Men’s Epee event. As he was about to fence for top 8, his coach began a pep talk only to get interrupted by Romain. “I WILL win – I don’t care about that kid!” he exclaimed. He went on to earn his first national Silver medal, and came back the next day to earn his second medal for 6th place in Division II (C & under rated) Men’s Epee.
Two more NYFA fencers earned Cadets points at the NAC: Gabriel Canaux, A-rated sophomore on the Brooklyn Tech High School fencing team, placed 9th, and Sophia Chelnitsky, 15, also from Brooklyn, got 30th and a “D2011” rating. NYFA’s previous best results were earned at the July National Championships by Skyler Chin, 14, from Long Island who took Silver in Division II and Bronze in Y14 Men’s Epee, and also earned his “A2011” rating.
Although the club opened just over a year ago, several students were training with Coach Mokretsov at other clubs before following him to NYFA. This month, NYFA expanded its facilities to triple the original space to accommodate its growing membership. “It’s a great mix of good fencing, physical conditioning, and fun” said Romain who commutes from his Westchester home Friday nights to fence at NYFA, catches some sleep in his family’s Manhattan apartment, then returns to NYFA to train all Saturday afternoon. “It’s tough, but really worth it. Fencing is the best sport in the world!”
New York Fencing Academy is located in a newly renovated, state-of-the-art fencing center at 2896 W 12th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11224. They offer group classes, private lessons, and open bouting for students of all ages and levels, from beginners through advanced. (718) 996-0426. http://www.fencenyfa.com.
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
This weekend our fencers competed at the North American Cup in Richmond, Virginia with the best athletes from the United States, Canada, Korea and Puerto Rico. Many of our fencers showed their best results ever at this tournament and made NYFA extremely proud:
Gabriel Canaux took 9th place out of 134 competitors in Cadets Men’s Epee.
Annie Morelli won the silver medal in Cadets Women’s Epee and earned her “A2011” rating. This performance also helped her get selected for the World Cup in Grenoble, France next month.
Romain Cannone earned a silver medal in Division III Men’s Epee and his “C2011” rating. The next day, Romain took 6th place out of 127 fencers in Division II Men’s Epee.
Sophia Chelnitsky made 30th place in Cadets Women’s Epee, earned her “D2011” rating and qualified for Junior Olympics.