(Photo by Amy Alden Timacheff)
More than 6,000 fencers will descend on Atlanta, Georgia in a few days for the US Fencing National Championships at the Georgia World Congress .(Hall B5) On the line at this event are the team and individual championships for men and women’s Foil, Epee and Saber as well as final spots on the US National Team for World Championships in Paris.
In Men’s saber, Mike Etropolski holds a small lead over Olympian James Williams for the 4th and final spot on the men’s saber team.(Currently, Morehouse, Homer, Igoe are 1-2-3) Etropolski has already qualified for Pan American Championships (held Aug.2-7 in Costa Rica) over Williams with his result at the NY World Cup, but with merely a top-16 finish at Nationals, Williams will pass Etropolski for the final world team spot.
Competing will be Beijing Olympians Gerek Meinhardt (men’s foil), Tim Morehouse and James Williams (men’s saber), Seth Kelsey (men’s epee) and Kelley Hurley (women’s epee) s well as Dagmara Wozniak (women’s saber). World #1 and 2-time Olympic Champion Mariel Zagunis will not be competing, but plans on attending.
Also competing in other events, will be fencers from ages 7-80 in a variety of divisions and skill levels.
On my end besides competing, I’ll be around giving away autographed cards, taking pictures for the blog (if you’d like to be on it!) and doing some meet and greet stuff at the fencing.net table on July 7th and 8th. (More info to come!) sponsored by BistroMD. Please come on by and say HI!
For more Information: (The event is open to the public…)