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New Ratings for Alliance Fencers!!

Houston Cup Results:

Four Seasons Cup Results:

Congrats to our fencers that earned new ratings this past weekend!!!

Evan Xu earned his B rating!!

Alexander Liu earned his D rating!

Alexander Fray earned his E rating!

Evie Pham earned her E rating!



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2017-2018 National Calendar

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October NAC (Anaheim, Calif.): October 13-16, 2017

Events contested: Division I, Division II, Cadet & Wheelchair
Registration Opens: August 1, 2017
Regular Fee Entry Deadline: August 30, 2017
Triple Entry Fee Deadline (Online Only): September 13, 2017
Withdraw Deadline: September 20, 2017
Classification Change Deadline: September 27, 2017

November NAC (Kansas City, Mo.): November 10-13, 2017

Events contested: Junior, Cadet & Youth 14
Registration Opens: August 31, 2017
Regular Fee Entry Deadline: September 27, 2017
Triple Entry Fee Deadline (Online Only): October 11, 2017
Withdraw Deadline: October 18, 2017
Classification Change Deadline: October 25, 2017

December NAC (Portland, Ore.): Dec. 8-11, 2017

Events contested: Division I, Division II & Veteran Open/Veteran Age Group
Registration Opens: September 20, 2017
Regular Fee Entry Deadline: October 18, 2017
Triple Entry Fee Deadline (Online Only): November 1, 2017
Withdraw Deadline: November 8, 2017
Classification Change Deadline: November 15, 2017

January NAC (Virginia Beach, Va.): January 5-8, 2018

Events contested: Division I, Junior, Wheelchair & Senior Team
Registration Opens: October 25, 2017
Regular Fee Entry Deadline: November 22, 2017
Triple Entry Fee Deadline (Online Only): December 6, 2017
Withdraw Deadline: December 13, 2017
Classification Change Deadline: December 20, 2017

Junior Olympic Fencing Championships (Memphis, Tenn.): February 16-19, 2018

Events contested: Junior, Cadet & Junior Team
Registration Opens: December 6, 2017
Division Qualifying Reports Due: January 3, 2018
Regular Fee Entry Deadline: January 10, 2018
Triple Entry Fee Deadline (Online Only): January 24, 2018
Withdraw Deadline: January 25, 2018
Classification Change Deadline: January 26, 2018

March NAC (Baltimore, Md.): March 9-12, 2018

Events contested: Division III, Youth 10, Youth 12, Youth 14, & Y14 Team
Registration Opens: December 20, 2017
Regular Fee Entry Deadline: January 24, 2018
Triple Entry Fee Deadline (Online Only): February 7, 2018
Withdraw Deadline: February 14, 2018
Classification Change Deadline: February 21, 2018

April NAC & Championships (Richmond, Va.): April 20-23, 2018

Events contested:

Championship: Division I/Division I Team & Wheelchair
NAC: Division II, VET Open/VET Age & VET Team
Registration Opens: January 31, 2018
Regular Fee Entry Deadline: February 28, 2018
Triple Entry Fee Deadline (Online Only): March 14, 2018
Withdraw Deadline: March 21, 2018
Classification Change Deadline: March 28, 2018

USA Fencing Championships & July Challenge (St. Louis, Mo.): June 28-July 7, 2018

Events contested:

Championship: Division IA, Division II, Division III, Veteran Age, Y10, Y12 & Y14
July Challenge: : Division I, Junior, Cadet & Senior Team
Day Schedule Available: August 1, 2017
Registration Opens: March 7, 2018
Division Qualifying Reports Due: May 9, 2018
Regular Fee Entry & Petition Deadline: May 16, 2018
Triple Entry Fee Deadline (Online Only): May 30, 2018
Withdraw Deadline: June 1, 2018
Classification Change Deadline: June 6, 2018



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USA dominates Montreal!!

Pan American Championship
Montreal, Canada / June 13 – 18, 2017

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The women’s epee podium featured three U.S. fencers with Kelley Hurley (San Antonio, Texas) winning her third career individual Pan Am title after a battle in the finals with her sister Courtney Hurley (San Antonio, Texas). Their Rio Olympic teammate, Kat Holmes (Washington, D.C.) also stood on the podium with a bronze medal.

Both Hurley sisters went undefeated in pools to stay on opposite sides of the draw with Kelley as the No. 1 seed and Courtney in the No. 2 position.

Kelley Hurley defeated Bianca Dantas (BRA), 15-5, in the table of 16 and Josefina Maria Mendez Bello (BRA), 15-4, to advance to the semifinals where she would meet Nathalie Moellhausen (BRA) – the former Italian World medalist who defeated Hurley in the individual rounds at the Rio Olympic Games.

“When I fenced her this time, I just said ‘I’m going to be aggressive. I’m not going to be scared. I’m going to push the whole time. I know it’s going to be tiring, but this is it. You’ve got to prove to yourself and everyone else that you can beat her,’”

With the score tied at seven in the second period, Hurley scored two singles to go into the third with a 9-7 lead. Moellhaussen tied the score at nine, but Hurley slowly pulled away in the final period, scoring three straight touches to end the bout.

“That was redemption for the Olympics. I was just a deer in headlights at the Olympics. I have a good game against her and I usually fence her pretty well, but at the Olympics it just didn’t go well at all,” Hurley said. “So I just did what I wish I had done at the Olympics.”

The created the fourth All-Hurley individual final at the Pan Am Championships in the last seven years with Courtney winning gold in 2013 and 2014 and Kelley taking the 2011 title.

In the previous round, Courtney fenced Holmes in the semis, taking a 5-0 lead in the first period before winning the bout, 15-8, in the second.

The win followed another bout of U.S. teammates in which Holmes fenced 2014 Pan Am bronze medalist Anna van Brummen (Houston, Texas) in the quarters. The Princeton teammates fenced in the NCAA finals as seniors in March with van Brummen taking the win. This time, Holmes came away with the victory in a tight bout that featured 10 doubles with Holmes breaking away on the final touch to win the bout, 15-14.

With a bronze medal secured for Holmes, the final would come down to another tight bout between the Hurley sisters.

Kelley led for most of the first period before Courtney took the lead at 13-12. Kelley answered with a pair of singles to go into the second at 14-13. One more single would be all Kelley would need to win the bout, 15-13, and match her younger sister’s career Pan Am titles history of three gold medals with a third of her own.

“It felt really great, especially fencing my sister in the final match. We can’t wish for a better circumstance than fencing each other in the gold medal match,” Kelley Hurley said. “We were so nervous at the beginning of the day because this competition is extremely important for Courtney and I … But we couldn’t have done better if we planned it out. It means a lot. It means that moving to Houston and all the training we’ve been doing has been paying off.”

Like men’s foil, the world’s women’s epeeists also received notification last week that their team event would be held in Tokyo – giving the Hurleys an opportunity to return to the podium after winning bronze in London with Kelley training for her fourth Olympic Games and Courtney aiming for her third.

“When I first heard it, I thought it was a rumor and I thought ‘It can’t be true. It can’t be true.’ But then when Kate confirmed it, oh my gosh, if we would have had champagne bottles, we would have popped them and celebrated right there. I’m always going to remember that moment. It was such an important thing for us to be able to have a team and it changes the next three years,” Kelley Hurley said.

Final USA Individual Results:

1. Kelley Hurley (San Antonio, Texas)
2. Courtney Hurley (San Antonio, Texas)
3. Kat Holmes (Washington, D.C.)
5. Anna van Brummen (Houston, Texas)

Final USA Team Results:

Kat Holmes, Courtney Hurley, Kelley Hurley, Anna Van Brummen: GOLD!!!!




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Mega Camp 2017

Mega Camp for Youth 10 – Adults in preparation for Summer Nationals!!
Alliance has some great Epee camps during the Summer to help prepare for Nationals and then we have one to get you ready for the new season. Join top fencers from Team USA for intensive bouting, footwork, drills, strategy, and more! Everyone is welcome!!

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Train with Renowned Coaches:

Andrey Geva (Team USA Women’s Epee Coach)
Sergey Danilov (Alliance Fencing Academy)
Tsanko Hantov (Windy City Fencing)
Natalie Dostert (Alliance Fencing Academy

Sarah Thow:



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March North American Cup 2017
Cleveland, Ohio / March 10-13, 2017

For full list of results visit:


Alliance Fencing Academy 1 (Filippov, Rausch, Weiss)
Silver / Youth 14 Women’s Epee

Alliance Fencing Academy 1 (Graber, Kumashi, Ma, Weiss)
4th / Youth 14 Men’s Epee

Alliance Fencing Academy 2 (Balakrishnan, Moton, Wang)
4th / Youth 14 Women’s Epee

Alliance Fencing Academy 3 (Liu, Rausch, Wang)
7th / Youth 14 Women’s Epee

Alliance Fencing Academy 2 (Gray, Imrek, Liu, Marsilii)
10th / Youth 14 Men’s Epee


Ariana Rausch
Bronze / Youth 14 Women’s Epee

Ark Ma
5th / Youuth 12 Men’s Epee
51st / Youth 14 Men’s Epee

Alex Sennewald
7th / Youth 10 Men’s Epee

Sterling Gray
10th / Youth 12 Men’s Epee

Elijah Imrek
10th / Youth 10 Women’s Epee

Elizabeth Wang
14th / Youth 12 Women’s Epee

Sam Imrek
18th / Youth 12 Men’s Epee

Karen Wang
21st / Youth 12 Women’s Epee

Monica Balakrishnan
23rd / Youth 12 Women’s Epee

Nika Filippov
23rd / Youth 14 Women’s Epee

Alex Liu
25th / Youth 12 Men’s Epee

Monica Balakrishnan
30th / Youth 14 Women’s Epee

Miles Weiss
40th / Youth 14 Men’s Epee

Damiano Marsilii
45th / Youth 14 Men’s Epee



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Six Alliance Fencing Academy fencers represented the United States at the World Cup event in Finland!!


Alliance fencer Gigi Vierheller brought home a Silver medal. Fellow Alliance teammate Barbara VanBenthuysen from The Woodlands, TX took 5th in the event.


Alliance Fencing Academy member Jonathan Piskovatskov placed 5th in the Men’s Team Event.



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Spruill Two Blades over Texas Reg 5 RYC/RJC
Carrollton, Texas / February 24 – 26, 2017

Imrek, Elijah
Gold / Youth Mixed Epee

Rausch, Ariana
Gold / Youth 14 Women’s Epee
Gold / Junior Men’s Epee

Gregory, Sasha
Silver / Youth 10 Mixed Epee
8th / Youth 12 Women’s Epee

Hughes, Levi
Silver / Youth 14 Men’s Epee
Bronze / Junior Men’s Epee (earned C2017 rating!!)

Kumashi, Mihir
Silver / Junior Men’s Epee

Liu, Christina
Silver / Youth 12 Women’s Epee

Imrek, Sam
Bronze / Y12 Men’s Epee

Marsili, Damiano
Bronze / Youth 14 Men’s Epee (earned D2017 rating!!)

Toffelmire, Amelia
Bronze / Youth 14 Women’s Epee
(earned D2017 rating!!)

Buswell, Alex
5th / Youth 10 Mixed Epee

Ferguson, Mary
5th / Youth 14 Women’s Epee

Gray, Sterling
5th / Youth 12 Men’s Epee

Xu, Evan
5th / Junior Men’s Epee

Gregory, Elizabeth
6th / Junior Women’s Epee (earned C2017 rating!!)

Cope, Alexander
7th / Junior Men’s Epee

Ferguson, Nateli
7th / Youth 12 Women’s Epee

Nehila, Stephen
7th / Youth 14 Men’s Epee (earned E 2017 rating!!)

Tipler, Tristan
7th / Youth 12 Men’s Epee

Liu, Alexander
8th / Youth 12 Men’s Epee



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Badawi Challenge
Austin, Texas / February 4-5, 2017

Fencers from Alliance Fencing Academy brought home 44 medals in last weekend’s USFA-sanctioned Regional fencing competition in Austin, Texas. The 2017 Badawi Challenge 2017 hosted over 25 different clubs competing. As a United States Fencing Association (USFA) sanctioned competition, fencers could earn an opportunity to qualify to compete in the Junior Olympics and National Fencing Competitions. Sanctioned events also allow athletes to earn fencing ratings. Six Alliance Academy Fencers earned higher ratings at the Badawi Challenge!!a

Youth 10 Men’s Epee
Peyton Young – Silver
Sawyer Pham – Bronze
Sergey Kudriatcev – Bronze
Chase Gomez – 5th
Elijah Imrek – 6th
Lyle Lundberg – 12th
Harris Thomas – 13th
Luca Bisono – 14th
Dylan Chin 18th

Youth 10 Women’s Epee
Heidi Hess – Gold
Alexsandra Gregory – Silver
Zoe Chernis – Bronze
Eliana Geva – 5th
Lexi Caldera – 6th
Khadijah Ahmed – 8th
Merritt Skubicz – 13th

Cadet Men’s Epee
Ark Ma – Gold B17
Mihir Kumashi – Bronze – C17
Albert Landa – 5th
Miles Weiss – 7th
Levi Hughes – 8th
Evan Xu – 9th
Peter Buck – 13th
Sam Imrek – 15th
Brandon Wang – 16th
Rohaan Saripella – 18th
Matthew Atanas – 19th
Stephen Nehila – 23rd
Robert Washbourne – 25th

Cadet Women’s Epee
Ari Rausch – Gold – A17
Jessica Liang – Silver
Talia Weiss – 7th – C17
Jessica Thow – 8th
McKenzie Moton – 10th – D17
Amber Nussberger – 14th
Monica Balakrishnan – 16th
Nika Filippov – 22nd
Liza Gregory -23rd
Olivia Tao – 24th
Evelyn Pham – 29th
Clare Logan – 30th
Claire Betzer – 32nd

Youth 12 Men’s Epee
Ark Ma – Silver
Alex Fray – Bronze
Tristan Tipler – Bronze
Sam Imrek – 5th
Nikita Bushuev – 8th
Sterling Gray – 12th
Nicholas Gregory – 14th
Ian Pham – 18th
Peyton Young – 20th
Elijah Imrek – 24T
Rishi Shiv – 27th
Harris Thomas – 32nd
Lyle Lundberg – 35th

Youth 12 Women’s Epee
Elizabeth Wang – Silver
Monica Balakrishnan – Bronze
Karen Wang – 6th
Juliana Rausch – 8th
Alexsandra Gregory – 11th
Christina Liu – 12th

Youth 14 Men’s Epee
Miles Weiss – Gold
Levi Hughes – Silver
Ark Ma – Bronze
Oliver Tipler – 6th
Evan Xu – 10th
Nicholas Gregory – 13th
Stephen Nehila – 16th
Sam Imrek – 18th
Alex Fray – 23rd
Siddhant Padhye – 25th
Rishi Shiv – 34th

Youth 14 Women’s Epee
Talia Weiss – Silver – D17
Ari Rausch – 6th
Amber Nussberger – 7th
McKenzie Moton – 9th
Karen Wang – 10th
Elizabeth Wang – 12th
Nika Filippov – 13th
Monica Balakrishnan – 17th
Clare Logan – 20th
Christina Liu – 24th

Junior Men’s Epee
Evan Xu – 2nd
Demetri Zacharakis – 5th
Rohaan Saripella – 6th
Miles Weiss – 8th
Brandon Wang – 10th
Alex Cope – 11th
Albert Landa – 13th
Will Smith – 15th
Robert Washbourne – 23rd

Junior Women’s Epee
Jessica Liang – Gold – B17
Ari Rausch – Silver
Liza Gregory – 7th
Talia Weiss – 8th
Jessica Thow – 15th
McKenzie Moton – 20th
Nika Filippov – 24th
Katherine Chen – 27th
Claire Betzer – 28th
Evelyn Pham – 29th




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