USA Fencing hosts its North American Cup in Cincinnati this weekend

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More than 1,700 athletes will travel to Cincinnati to compete from tomorrow through Sunday at the December North American Cup, including Olympians, World Champions and athletes ranging in age from 12 to 85. 

Athletes will fence in Division I, Division II, Veteran (40+) and Senior Team events at the Duke Energy Convention Center.

The third stop on the North American Cup circuit for the 2018-19 season will include both individual and team events in each of fencing’s three disciplines: epee, foil and saber.

Tickets are available to the public for $5 per day or $15 for a three-day pass at www.2018DecemberNAC.Eventbrite.com.

Athletes scheduled to compete include the following Olympic Team members and Senior World medalists:

  • Miles Chamley-Watson (New York City, N.Y. / Division I Men's Foil), 2016 Olympic Team bronze medalist and 2013 Senior World Champion

  • Monica Aksamit (Matawan, N.J. / Division I Women's Saber), 2016 Olympic team bronze medalist

  • Nzingha Prescod (Brooklyn, N.Y. / Division I Women's Foil), two-time Olympian and 2018 Senior World Team Champion

  • Kat Holmes (Washington, D.C. / Division I Women's Epee), 2016 Olympian and 2018 Senior World Team Champion

  • Nicole Ross (New York City, N.Y. / Division I Women’s Foil), 2012 Olympian and 2018 Senior World Team Champion

  • Margaret Lu (Greenwich, Conn. / Division I Women's Foil), 2018 Senior World Team Champion

  • Amanda Sirico (Bowie, Md. / Division I Women's Epee), 2018 Senior World Team Champion

  • Eliza Stone (Chicago, Ill. / Division I Women's Saber), 2018 Senior World bronze medalist

  • Jason Pryor (South Euclid, Ohio / Division I Men's Epee), 2016 Olympian

For Division I fencers, the December North American Cup is a National Team selection event and will be a chance for athletes to earn valuable national ranking points towards qualification for the 2019 Senior World Championships in Budapest, Hungary.

The tournament also will see athletes in veteran age groups (40-49, 50-59, 60-69, +70 and +80) competing against each other for the first time following the Veteran World Championships where Team USA won 12 medals in October. 

Athletes from 46 states and 10 nations will compete in the tournament, including more than 125 from Ohio, representing 16 clubs.

Top athletes to watch from Ohio include:

  • Joe Streb (Columbus, Ohio / Veteran 60-69 Men’s Foil and Saber), five-time Veteran World medalist

  • Misha Mironovas (Columbus, Ohio / Veteran 50-59 Men’s Saber, Veteran Open Men’s Saber),

  • Chloe Gouhin (Blacklick, Ohio / Division I Women’s Saber), No. 2-ranked Cadet (U17) fencer in the nation

  • Peter Grandbois (Granville, Ohio / Veteran Open Men’s Foil, Veteran 50-59 Men’s Foil), 2014 Veteran World Team member

For more information, or to request a media credential, please contact Nicole Jomantas, USA Fencing Director of Communications, at 719.761.7909 (cell) or N.Jomantas@usafencing.org.

About USA Fencing

USA Fencing is the recognized National Governing Body for the sport of fencing in the United States. The organization’s mission is to serve and foster the growth, participation and development of domestic fencing at all levels and to achieve sustained international success. USA Fencing is affiliated with the Féderation Internationale d’Escrime (FIE), the international federation for fencing. A 501-c- 3 non-profit organization, USA Fencing is based out of Colorado Springs, Colo. and has a membership of more than 37,000 individuals, including grassroots, elite and veteran fencers.

Jackie Reau