Fencers aged 10 and older from Stamford Fencing Center competed in the 2017 National Championships in Salt Lake City, Utah last weekend.
The players trained for several days per week with their coaches Alex Fotiyev and Oleg Tretyak. The club’s members have quickly advanced to the top of the national ranks under the guidance of these two internationally decorated coaches. The fencers trained at the club and participating in tournaments throughout the year.
USA Fencing had its largest turn out in the history of their National Championships as evidence of the growing popularity of the sport. Thousands of fencers gathered from all around the country, and 47 states were represented at the event in Salt Lake City.
Two local students, John Lin and Nicky Wind, brought home medals in the Y12 Men’s Saber competition.
John won the Championship Title taking first place out of 172 of the top fencers in the Country.
Nicky Wind placed 8th for the Medal in Men’s Saber Y12.
John Lin has been fencing saber for 3 1⁄2 years. His major accomplishments this season include winning gold six times, taking first place at Thrust Super Youth Circuit, Capitol Clash Super Youth Circuit, Mission Super Youth Circuit, Ben Gutenberg Memorial Super Youth Circuit, Fairfax Challenge Super Youth Circuit and the Windy City Super Youth Circuit. John finished the Y12 men’s saber season with a 2nd place overall ranking in the US.
Nicky Wind has been fencing saber for 2 1⁄2 years. This season was his second year of competitive fencing and his second nationals. His major accomplishments this season include placing 5th at Capitol Clash Super Youth Circuit, 9th at the March NAC, 6th at Thrust Super Youth Circuit, 7th at Mission Super Youth Circuit and 3rd at the Ben Gutenberg Super Youth Circuit. Nicky finished the season as the 9th ranked Y12 men’s saber fencer in the Country.
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