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April 10, 2018

Cherry Blossom Open - Saturday & Sunday, April 28-29, 2018

The annual Cherry Blossom Open will be held on Saturday and Sunday, April 28-29, at the University of Maryland's Reckord Armory. Those competitors under age 18 must have a signed waiver in order to enter.


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Fight It With Fencing - Sunday, May 6, 2018

A charity youth epee and sabre tournament will be held on Sunday, May 6, at DCFC's Forest Glen Fencing Center.

This tournament is an annual fundraiser for the Children's Hospital DC. It is sponsored by Friends of DCFC. Current USA Fencing rules will be enforced. The fundraising will work in the following way:

Payment for the entry fee can be made by cash or check during check-in. Payment of the pledged amount can be done by check through mail after the end of the tournament. $35.00 per person pre-registered. $45.00 per person at the door. Following the tournament, all money raised will be donated to the Children's Hospitals DC.

Each event will be capped at 30 entries. Fencers will only be allowed to participate in one event.

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Capital Fencing Mixed Sabre Open - May 19, 2018

The Capital Fencing Academy will host a Mixed Sabre Open on Saturday, May 19. The competition will close registration at 1:30pm.

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Capital Fencing Musketeer Circuit #3 - May 20, 2018

The second Musketeer Circuit of the season will be held on Sunday, May 20, at Capital Fencing Academy.

The Youth-10 events will close registration at 10:00am, the Youth-12 events at 11:30am and the Youth-14 events at 2:00pm.

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Captain Steere Open - Sunday, May 20, 2018

The annual Captain Steere Mixed Epee Open will be held on Sunday, May 20, at DCFC's Forest Glen Fencing Center. The competition will close registration at 10:00am.

Richard Steere began fencing at the Naval Academy where he was the varsity captain in his senior year. At the 1932 Olympics the foil team, of which he was a member, defeated the French and threw the final into a series of barrage matches. This resulted in a change in the rules the following year, calling for a count of bouts in the event of a tie. Steere became a career naval officer and an expert in meteorology As a lieutenant commander during World War II he was principally responsible for determining weather conditions and their impact on amphibious landings. He served in the North Atlantic and Mediterranean and participated in the decisions to land troops at Casablanca, Sicily Salerno, and Normandy. General [George S. Patton’s] decision to land troops in Morocco was taken partly on Steere’s advice and against the opinions of London and Washington. For this, Patton gave him the nickname of “Commander Houdini”. He retired in 1961 with the rank of captain. Capt. Steere remained an active competitor and participated in the 1982 AFLA (now US Fencing) National Championships at the age of 73. His last recorded tournament victory was in 1989.

Captain Richard Steere studied at, and fenced for, the U.S. Naval Academy from 1927 to 1931. He served in the Navy until his retirement in 1961.He competed on their foil team and the 1931 epee team, and the 1929 intercollegiate team of the AFLA.He fenced in the 1932 Los Angeles Olympic Games, where his foil team earned a bronze medal after a 3-way tie for 1st place with France and Italy.In his retirement, his contributions to national senior athletic programs, and to fencing as a whole, were greatly appreciated.He was a long time member of the DC Fencers Club. Captain Steere passed away in March, 2001. This competition is held in his honor.

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Referee Training Supported by Capitol Division

The Capitol Division Executive Committee is committed to increasing the number of rated referees within the division.

To support this goal, the Committee has voted to reimburse any Capitol Division member's referee clinic fees and testing fees if they pass the written test and practical exam and successfully earn a referee rating. Travel and hotel expenses are not reimbursable, only the fees for the clinic and test. Verification of the rating earned and documentation of the testing fees should be sent to the Division Treasurer.

In addition, the Capitol Division will reimburse the $35.00 membership upgrade fee for new referees (and those who have just turned age 18).

Capitol Division International Competition Grants

For the 2017-2018 season, the Capitol Division is pleased to make international competition travel grants of $400.00 available to individual fencers who are members of the Division. These grants are being made to fulfill our mission, as outlined in our bylaws, to assist Divisional fencers to reach their full potential in fencing. These grants are available to reimburse expenses related to competing in cadet, junior, and senior US Fencing designated international competitions and at Veteran World Championships and to attending those same competitions as a member of the official US Fencing delegation.

Fencers are eligible for one grant per season. Grants are available for expenses not fully reimbursed from other sources.

In order to receive these grants, eligible fencers should submit the Capitol Division International Competition Grant Application to the Capitol Division's Developmental Committee with copies of all the relevant receipts. Reimbursements for expenses will be disbursed by the Treasurer of the Capitol Division.

Deadlines for filing applications for the 2017-2018 season:

Application and receipts should be e-mailed to or mailed to:

Capitol Division Developmental Grants

For the 2017-18 season, the Capitol Division is pleased to make developmental grants of $300.00 available to the member clubs. Member clubs are eligible for developmental grants every other season. These grants are being made to fulfill our purposes and objectives as outlined in our bylaws, in particular our missions to support, enhance and develop the sport of fencing and to assist Divisional fencers to reach their full potential in fencing. These grants should not be used for ordinary club expenses such as rent or US Fencing membership; rather the clubs should use these funds to enhance the experience of Divisional fencers in the spirit of our bylaws. One grant will be available to each club.

The list below gives a few examples of ways that these funds could be used. This list includes suggestions, but the committee is open to other uses:

In order to receive these grants, the club representative should submit a proposal on the Capitol Division Developmental Grant Application to the Capitol Division's Developmental Committee. The proposal will be submitted to the rest of the Executive Committee. If the proposal is approved, the club representative should submit receipts for the expenses covered by the grant and a check will be sent to the member club.

The grant application form and receipts should be e-mailed to or mailed to:

The deadline for grant application is June 15, 2018.

Minutes of the Capitol Division Annual Membership Meeting & Executive Committee Meetings

Capitol Division Rated Referees

Below is a list of the rated referees (from the Fencing Officials Committee web site) who are members of Capitol Division. Referees are tested and certified at levels 1 through 10, 1 is the highest level.

Division Officers and Executive Committee 2017-2018

Carole Jeandheur (
Arnold Wynn (
Bettie Graham (
Rebecca Chimahusky (
Members at Large:
Valerie Asher (
Aaron Ruby (
Raymond Finkleman (
Representatives of the member clubs
Jill Feldman, CAPITAL (
Xavier Jordan, CCFC (
Katelyn Keegan, DCFC (
Hunter Higgison, GWFC (
Aleksey Muravyev, INVICTA (
Joe Leonard, Jr., NCFC (
Gitty Mohebban, RIF (
Dyllis Liu, TERRAPIN (

Division Results at the 2017-2018 March NAC
Baltimore, MD
3/9/2018 - 3/12/2018

Division III Men's Epee
(C3 Event, 87 Competitors)

2.    Szego, Levente
29.   Burton, Razjae
33.   Cohen, Matti
43.   Rotondi, Gregory
62.   Van Allen, Peter C
66.   Reichbach, Solomon

Youth-14 Men's Epee Classification
(A2/B3 Event, 198 Competitors)

41.   Tucker, Henry
52T.  King, Cameron
86.   Cohen, Matti
192.  Brown, Savva
197.  Reitinger, Luke

Youth-12 Men's Epee Classification
(D1 Event, 135 Competitors)

8.    Kim, Edward
20.   Hensal, Nicolas
72.   Chambliss, Logan
76.   Hilbert, Gabriel
90.   Jordan, Anton
106.  Bannen, Nicholas
123.  Penhoet, Adrien

Youth-10 Men's Epee Classification
(E1 Event, 69 Competitors)

11.   Hilbert, Gabriel
58T.  Whittle, Calvin

Division III Men's Sabre
(C3 Event, 107 Competitors)

46.   Chambers, Amir
74.   Oberholtzer, Daniel
84.   Moore, Evan
102.  Moorehead, Patrick

Youth-14 Men's Sabre
(B3 Event, 214 Competitors)

26.   Hargenrader, Kailen
28T.  Lee, Kyle
38.   BenAvram, Lev
57.   Kennedy, Liam
84.   Pan, Andrew
90.   Maddalone, Thomas
96.   Leonard, Cole
114.  Chang, Eliot
119.  Moorehead, Patrick
146.  Johnson, Langston
159.  Sherwood, Hayden
176.  Simak, Joseph
178.  Chin, Matthew
193.  Chen, Collin

Youth-12 Men's Sabre
(D1 Event, 156 Competitors)

38.   Simak, Joseph
52.   Chin, Matthew
64.   Nazlymov, Andrei
89.   Yee, Evan
102T. Sherwood, Hayden
134.  Midla, Joshua

Youth-10 Men's Sabre
(E1 Event, 63 Competitors)

25.   Yee, Ethan

Division III Men's Foil
(C3 Event, 95 Competitors)

86.   Tian, Aaron
87.   Rusanov, Oleg

Youth-14 Men's Foil
(A2/B3 Event, 262 Competitors)

54T.  Glasson, Joseph
180T. Allampallam, Maanav
182.  Szego, Bence
242.  Tian, Aaron

Youth-12 Men's Foil
(C2 Event, 189 Competitors)

32.   Glasson, Joseph
63.   Li, Richard
147.  Soldatov, Faddey
159.  Duckworth, Justin

Youth-10 Men's Foil
(E1 Event, 92 Competitors)

31.   Li, Richard
82.   Tihaev, Alexander
92.   Orlov, Dmitriy

Division III Women's Epee
(C3 Event, 117 Competitors)

35.   Henry, Asha
56.   Reitinger, Emilie
78.   Jeandheur, Carole
107.  Reichbach, Zoe

Youth-14 Women's Epee
(B3 Event, 149 Competitors)

73.   Tong, Sarah Shen
76T.  Henry, Asha
130.  Reitinger, Emilie

Youth-12 Women's Epee
(C2 Event, 96 Competitors)

59.   Jakel, Sophia

Youth-10 Women's Epee
(E1 Event, 38 Competitors)

35.   Bannen, Caroline

Division III Women's Sabre
(C3 Event, 53 Competitors)

8.    Nazlymov, Tatiana
18.   Hoverman, Hannah
21.   Mace, Eliza
39.   Dhar, Aamina

Youth-14 Women's Sabre
(A2/B3 Event, 139 Competitors)

8.    Olsen, Natalie
28.   Nazlymov, Tatiana
34.   Tang, Annie
88.   Dhar, Aamina
98.   Hoverman, Hannah
100.  Ma, Grace
103.  Wei, Vivian
105.  Mahar-Piersma, Saskia
114.  Greenhalgh, Abigail
117.  Johnson, Lauren
136T. Rodriguez, Colette

Youth-12 Women's Sabre
(B2 Event, 90 Competitors)

55.   Wei, Vivian
70.   Shi, Cathleen
75.   Landau, Julia

Youth-10 Women's Sabre
(E1 Event, 35 Competitors)

14.   Landau, Julia
24.   Henry, Soraya

Division III Women's Foil
(C3 Event, 85 Competitors)

53.   Brum, Lauren
62.   Lin, Emma

Youth-14 Women's Foil
(A2/B3 Event, 201 Competitors)

153.  Lin, Emma
179.  Korotcova, Anastasia

Youth-12 Women's Foil
(B2/C3 Event, 128 Competitors)

94.   Abd-Elmoniem, Nusayba

Youth-10 Women's Foil
(E1 Event, 55 Competitors)

39.   Soldatova, Maria

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Raymond Finkleman
Last revised April 10, 2018