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Dynamo Fencers Off To The Ivy Leagues

No matter what sport, the chance to watch your favourite athletes perform up-close is an opportunity most young athletes can only dream of. However, if you’re a BC fencer (or one willing to make the commute) you can do just that. The Vancouver Men’s Epee World Cup is a competition that has allowed aspiring fencers the chance to learn from some of the highest ranked men’s epeeists in the world.

For some BC fencers, this learning experience has shown great benefit in their own personal journeys. Christina Zozulya and Howard Zhao are two Dynamo Fencing Club athletes heading off to ivy league universities in the US this fall. Zozulya will be attending Yale, while Zhao will be at Columbia University. Beyond their academic achievements, both of these promising young fencers have developed significant resumes of results.

This season, Zozulya secured a gold and silver medal in junior women’s epee across Nationals and the first Canada Cup in September, as well as a bronze medal and a 5th place result in the Senior division at these two events. In 2018, she won a Bronze medal at the Cadet European Circuit in Bratislava, Slovakia.

(Christina Zozulya)

Zhao has also proved himself on home soil, with numerous championship medals and national titles. Even more impressively, in 2017 he won a gold medal in cadet men’s epee at the North American Cup in Anaheim, California.

(Howard Zhao and Igor Gantsevich – Photo by Devin Manky)

The Vancouver World Cup has been instrumental in developing fencing style, skills and motivation of local athletes. Other fencers like Dylan French (Notre Dame, class of 2019) and Seraphim Jarov (UBC, class of 2023) have not only spectated, but competed in the Vancouver World Cup. In the future, we hope to see even more young fencers pursue their sport both on a nationwide and international scale through the inspiration of the Vancouver World Cup.

BC Qualifies 9 Potential Athletes to Cadet/Junior Pan Am Championships!

BC has qualified 6 Cadet and 3 Junior athletes to the Pan American Championships in El Salvador next month (February 2020). This past weekend’s Canada Cup in Gatineau, Quebec was the final Cadet qualifying competition before the Championships. 

Cadet

Janet Chen (Dynamo) is currently ranked 2nd in Cadet Women’s epee. With a gold medal in Cadet women’s epee and additional 17th place finish in Junior, she gained 56.25 points to secure her 2nd place national ranking. 

BC has qualified two Cadet Men’s epeeists for the event – Zakhar Vozovik (Dynamo) and Eli Lippman (Dynamo). Vozovik is currently ranked 1st in the country, while Lippman is in 3rd position. At the Canada Cup, Vozovik had great success in Cadet with a gold medal, and a 6th place result in Junior as well – adding another 75.25 points to his national total. 

Lippman finished 10th in Cadet and 28th in Junior, but only the Junior points will go towards his national point total. Due to his 10th place result being his lowest of the season, his 6th place finish from Canada Cup 1 will be used towards his points instead.

Adam Wong (Dynamo) is currently ranked 2nd in the country, with his 5th place Cadet and 11th place Junior results this past weekend. His previous silver and bronze medals in Cadet at Nationals and Canada Cup 1 mean that this 5th place result won’t count toward national points. However, his Junior results did gain him another 18.75 points. In addition to this 

(Adam Wong – Silver medal in Senior Men’s foil – Gatineau, Quebec. Photo by Thierry Boyer)

Twin brothers, Jack and Jerry Pan (Dynamo) will be representing Canada in Cadet Men’s sabre. Jack finished with a silver medal in Cadet and came 11th in Junior, puts him comfortably in 2nd ranking by adding 43.75 points. Jerry brought home a gold medal in Cadet and a 12th place result in Junior, securing his 4th place national ranking and putting him only 10 points behind Xavier Guay Tardif of Quebec. 

Junior

Although there are two more potential Junior World Cups between now and Pan American Championships, BC currently has three Junior epeeists qualified for the competition. 

Christina Zozulya (Dynamo) is currently ranked 3rd in the country, with 383.75 national ranking points. This past weekend, she came home with a gold medal in Junior and a 12th place Senior result. 

 

(Christina Zozulya – Gold medal in Junior – Gatineau, Quebec. Photo by Thierry Boyer)

In Junior Men’s epee, Seraphim Jarov (Dynamo) is ranked 1st, having pre-qualified for the Junior National Team. In 2019, he competed at the Senior World Championships in Budapest, Hungary which means that he didn’t have to compete in Gatineau.

Fynn Fafard is currently ranked 2nd in Canada. This past weekend, he finished 5th in Junior and 25th in Senior, and although they weren’t his top results of the season his previous results made up for it. He finished with a silver medal at the last Canada Cup, came 21st at the Heraklion World Cup and 40th at the Riga World Cup this season.

Congratulations to the Cadet National Team qualifiers, and good luck our Junior athletes going forward in their next competitions!

Vancouver to host 2020 Olympic Qualifier – February 7-9

(Photo by Devin Manky)

By: Elizabeth Douglas – January 23, 2020

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics approach and tension builds as nations battle to qualify for extremely limited participation spots across all 33 sports. The struggle will play out in Vancouver in a few weeks with the world’s best fencers competing to represent their country in one of the most elegant and ancient sports on the Olympic program. A fencing World Cup of men’s épée at the Richmond Olympic Oval will be the scene – the second last chance in the world for these fencers to qualify for the Olympic Games. The Peter Bakonyi World Cup has been held since 2015, prior to which the Victor Gantsevich Grand Prix was held at the Richmond Olympic Oval from 2013-2014. The highlights, surprises and unexpected victories at these events over the years give a taste of the excitement and drama to come.

 

The World Cup in 2016 was an especially exciting one, as it lined up with the final competitions of Olympic qualifications for the team event. This means that a handful of countries were vying for the final qualifications spot. After a long, strenuous day of competing, the final spot came down to a fight between Hungary and Estonia in the semi-final. Tensions ran high as the two European teams fought for the chance to compete at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil. With two strong teams betted against each other, it all came down to the final overtime minute, tied at 14-14. In fencing terms: “la belle”. Ultimately, in a flash, András Rédli of Hungary scored the 15th point and took a victory lap around the venue, waving his epee in the air.

 

Coming off a high from the semi-final bout, the Hungarian team fought their way to a gold medal against Kazakstan – an Olympic qualification and a World Cup gold medal all in one day.

 

(Team Hungary on the podium – 2016 Vancouver Men’s Epee World Cup – Photo by Devin Manky)

 

Another highlight came from the year before, with Pavel Pitra’s individual silver medal in 2015. The Czech Republic fencer was an underdog of the competition, seeded 80th after poules. However, he quickly proved himself as a worthy competitor with memorable victories against fencers like 2-time Olympic medalist Ivan Trevejo (FRA) in the round of 32 and 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Jin-sun Jung (KOR) in the semi-final. Despite the long two days of competing, Pitra notably kept a huge, bright smile on his face, shining through his intense focus. Two years later, the Czech Republic team would go on to win the gold medal against Ukraine in 2017.

(Czech Republic vs. Ukraine – 2017 Vancouver Men’s Epee World Cup – Photo by

Devin Manky)

 

In 2019, Koki Kano of Japan took home the individual gold medal. Kano is currently ranked 9th in the FIE rankings, despite being only 22 years old. Not only did he win the gold medal, he faced some stiff competition along the way. The final saw Kano take on Italy’s Enrico Garozzo, where Kano came away victorious with a score of 15-7 in the first period. Garozzo is a previous Vancouver World Cup gold medalist from 2016, as well as a team silver medalist at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

(CUOMO Valerio vs. KANO Koki – 2019 Vancouver Men’s Epee World Cup – Photo by Devin Manky)

 

With another Olympic Games just around the corner, there are sure to be some exciting bouts at this year’s World Cup. Who will we see on top of the podium this year? Who will secure the chance to chase Olympic glory in Tokyo?

 

 

Senior Women’s Epee World Cup – Tallinn, Estonia (2019)

The senior women’s epee World Cup in Tallinn, Estonia took place over the November 1st-3rd weekend. BC’s Kay Sze and Emma von Dadelszen competed alongside 5 other team Canada fencers. With 279 competitors all together, the field was vast and difficult.

Kay started off the first day with 2 wins and 4 losses in poules. With victories over Yume Kuroki (JPN) and Karolina Jankova (CZE). Emma went 3-3 in her poule, with wins over Francesca Boscarelli (ITA), Laura Poysti (ISR) and Maria Martinez (MEX). Both advanced into the DEs, Kay was seeded 164th and was Emma 132nd.

Emma’s first bout was against Malika Khakimova (UZB), but ended up losing 15-10. Kay faced Nicole Feigin (ISR) in her first DE, but lost 15-7. A the end of the day, Emma finished with a result of 171st and Kay 187th.

Emma also fenced in the team event alongside Leo Mackinnon, Alexanne Verret and Ariane Leonard. The team faced Brazil in their first bout, winning 45-31 to make it into the top 16. Their second bout was against China (2nd seeded),  but lost a close bout of 42-45. The team finished in 16th place overall.

Team Canada individual results:

Leo Mackinnon – 6th

Ariane Leonard – 89th

Shirely Guo – 108th

Alexanne Verret – 110th

Emma von Dadelszen – 171st

Malinka Hoppe Montanaro – 181st

Kay Sze – 187th

Senior Satellite Tournament – San Jose, Costa Rica 2019

The San Jose, Costa Rica satellite tournament took place over the October 19th-20th weekend. Both Senior men’s epee and women’s epee events were held.

The competition started off with women’s epee, with a total of 10 Canadian athletes – including Kay Sze, Christina Zozulya and Emma von Dadelszen (former BC athlete, now living in the UK and studying in the US). After poules, Kay was seeded 4th, Emma 5th and Christina 11th. All three of the girls had BYEs into the 16. Emma won her first bout 15-14 against Andrea Campos Esquivel (CRC), Kay won her’s 15-13 against Elisabeta Havkin (CAN), and Christina lost her’s 9-15 to her Canadian teammate Alexanne Verret. Kay and Emma fenced in the round of 8, where Kay won with a score of 15-9. It was in the semi-final where Kay lost to Sheila Liliano Tejeda (MEX) 15-10, and came out with the bronze medal!

Men’s epee was up next on day 2 of the competition, with five Canadian athletes in the mix. BC’s Dylan French started off the day with a 4th place seed after the initial poule round, which landed him a BYE through the first round of DEs. In the 16, Dylan came up against Canadian teammate Jason Harel, and was victorious with a 15-8. In the quarterfinal, he won a close bout of 15-13 over Eduardo Garcia (PER) to advance into the medal rounds. The semi-final was another Canadian affair, where he fenced Samuel Gallagher Pelletier and won 15-12. In the final, Dylan came up against another Canadian teammate, Marc-Antoine Blais-Belanger, and although the bout was close, Dylan had his final victory of the day with a score of 14-13. A gold medal for Dylan French!

Congratulations Kay and Dylan on your medals!

Full results: https://fie.org/competitions/2020/394

 

2019 October NAC – Kansas City, Missouri

The first NAC of the Canadian Team qualifying season took place from October 18th-20th. With events ranging from Cadet to Div 1 across all three weapons, there were plenty of opportunity for our BC fencers to compete.

Medals:

Dylan Gibson – Silver (Div 2 men’s epee)

Jack Pan – 5th (Div 2 men’s sabre)

Avery Townsend -6th (Cadet men’s epee)

Zakhar Vozovik – 8th (Cadet men’s epee)

Top 32:

Derek Rong – 10th (Cadet men’s epee)

Sabrina Fang – 18th (Div 1 women’s foil), 23rd (Cadet women’s foil)

Kyle Liu – 25th (Cadet men’s epee)

Eli Lippman – 27th (Cadet men’s epee)

 

Full Results: https://www.usafencing.org/2019-oct-nac-results

Congratulations to all of our BC athletes who competed at the NAC!

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Competitions 2019/2020

TFA 2019/2020 Cadet/Junior Circuit #1 – October 20th (Pitt Meadows Heritage Hall, Pitt Meadows)

Okanagan Fall Championships – October 25th-27th (Winfield Memorial Hall, Lake Country)

Pre-Xmas Epee Clash – December 7th-8th (Beairsto Elementary School, Vernon)

TFA 2019/2020 Cadet/Junior Circuit #2 – December 15th (Pitt Meadows Heritage Hall, Pitt Meadows)

TFA 2019/2020 Cadet/Junior Circuit #3 – February 9th (Pitt Meadows Heritage Hall, Pitt Meadows)

TFA 2019/2020 Cadet/Junior Circuit #4 – April 5th (Pitt Meadows Heritage Hall, Pitt Meadows)

Jeux de Pomme – May 2nd-3rd (Beairsto Elementary School, Vernon)

TFA 2019/2020 Cadet/Junior Circuit Final – May 31st (Pitt Meadows Heritage Hall, Pitt Meadows)

 

*More competitions will added once on AskFred or if contacted by email

 

 

Canada Cup 1 – Richmond, BC

The first Canada Cup of the 2019/2020 season took place from September 27th-29th. It was a great showing for BC fencers, with 10 Gold medals, 12 Silver medals, 15 Bronze medals and numerous top-8 results over the three days of competition. A full list of the medal standings is listed below. Congratulations again to everyone who competed this past weekend – the BCFA is looking forward to a great season ahead!

Day 1: 

U-15 Men’s Foil:
Nicholas Zhang – Gold
Adrian Wong – Bronze

Senior Men’s Sabre:
Giorgio Gradassi – Silver
Jack Pan – Bronze

Cadet Men’s Epee:
Derek Rong – Gold
Avery Townsend – Bronze

U-23 Men’s Epee:
Riley Norman – Silver
Nicholas Pengelley – Bronze

Veteran Mixed Epee:
Bela Suveg – Gold
Joseph Powell – Silver

Junior Women’s Epee:
Christina Zozulya – Silver

U-15 Men’s Sabre:
Duncan Yang – Silver
Koan Nyantee-Zeiger – Bronze

Day 2:

Junior Men’s Sabre:
Giorgi Gradassi – Bronze
Jack Pan – Bronze

Cadet Women’s Epee:
Heidi Zhu – Gold
Angelica Sun – Silver
Janet Chen – Bronze

U-15 Men’s Epee:
Nicholas Zhang – Gold

Senior Men’s Epee:
Howard Zhao – Gold
Dylan French – Bronze

U-23 Women’s Sabre
Wing Ka Ariana Tang – Silver

Veteran Mixed Sabre:
Julian Tang – Silver

Veteran Women’s Foil
Grace Born – Silver

Day 3: 

Junior Men’s Epee:
Howard Zhao – Gold
Fynn Fafard – Silver
Avery Townsend – Bronze

Cadet Men’s Foil:
Adam Wong – Bronze
Nicholas Zhang – Bronze

Cadet Men’s Sabre:
Jack Pan – Gold

U-15 Women’s Epee:
Linda Li – Gold
Angelica Sun – Silver

Senior Women’s Epee:
Heidi Zhu – Bronze
Christina Zozulya – Bronze

U-15 Women’s Sabre:
Florella Peng – Bronze

U-23 Men’s Sabre:
Thomas Greenwood – Gold
Marshal Guo – Silver

Full Results: http://www.fencing.ca/results/2019_cc1_richmond/?fbclid=IwAR2qFi9i5w-lyFtQJRPZruQi00O46SZNvSpFUajGd5wv-Wcbt5qogOecgAg

BC Youth Provincials (Day 1)

The 2019 Youth Provincials kicked off with Y14 Mixed Sabre, Y14 Men’s and Women’s Epee, Y12 Mixed Foil, and Y12 Mixed Sabre.

In Y14 Mixed Sabre, Jerry Pan (DYN) was seeded first after poules, with his brother Jack Pan (DYN) seeded just behind him in second. Duncan Yang (DYN) went 5-1 in his poule to be placed in 3rd seed, while Alexander Serves (TFA) went 4-1 for the 4th seed. Jack, Jerry and Duncan all obtained BYE’s going into DE’s, which put them straight into the top 8. Alexander fenced Jay Heesoo Park (ANT) for his first bout, where he won 15-6. In the round of 8, Alexander lost a close 15-14 match to fifth seed David Sea (DYN). Semi -finals saw Jerry Pan against David Sea and Jack Pan against Duncan Yang. Jerry moved into the finals bout with a 15-2 win against David, and Jerry advanced with a 15-7 win over Duncan Yang – this meant that the Pan brother’s would fence for the gold medal. In the final bout of Y14 Mixed Sabre, Jack Pan was victorious with a 15-8 win.

Y14 Mixed Epee was split into separate men’s and women’s events, with 18 competitors in men’s and 6 in women’s. In the Men’s event, Christopher Vermeulen (OFF) and Avery Townsend (DYN) showed to be top competitors from the beginning, with Vermeulen ranked 1st after poules and Townsend 2nd. Edric Shi and Adam Wong followed closely behind as third and fourth seeds. All of the top 4 seeds gained BYEs into the round of 16 and were victorious through to the top 4. In the Semi-finals, Vermeulen faced off against Wong and won 15-8, while Townsend won 15-11 in his bout with Shi. In the final, Townsend defeated Vermeulen 15-9 to take home the gold medal.

After the mixed event was split, there were only 6 girls in the Y14 women’s epee event. Carol Xing (DYN) and Linda Bing Qi Li (DYN) were both awarded BYEs through the first round of DEs and straight into the semi-finals. Xing faced off against Elise Ma (DYN), where she won 15-12 to move into the finals. Li versed Abigail Hulka (OFF), winning 15-8. Xing continued to be undefeated with a 15-8 win against Li in the final, and winning the gold medal.

Y12 Mixed Foil started at 2pm, which was the largest event of the competition with 29 fencers in total. Nicholas Zhang (DYN) was seeded first after poules, and after a BYE through the first round of DEs, he won his top 8 bout 15-1. The semi-final saw Nicholas Zhang (DYN) against Michael Kryltsov (RainCityFC), where Zhang won another bout 15-3. The second semi-final was between Jason Yu( (DYN) and Jia Bao Xu (DYN), where Xu was victorious 15-3. The gold medal bout was between the first and second seed, but Zhang ended up beating Kryltsov 15-4 for the title of Provincial Champion.

The final event of day 1 was Y12 Mixed Sabre at 3:15pm. Hanyang Sun (DYN) was seeded first and Alexander Serves (TFA) second after poules. Daniel Y Kim (ANT) was third and Jasmine Zhou (TFA) fourth. All four of the top seeded athletes made it into the semi-finals – Sun vs. Zhou and Serves vs. Kim. Sun defeated Zhou 15-8, while Serves also obtained a 15-8 win against Kim in their semi-final bout. The final was another score of 15-8, with Serves as the champion over Sun.

Congratulations to all of the 2019 Provincial Champions, medalists and all the competitors from day 1 of Youth Provincials.

Full Results: https://www.askfred.net/

Upcoming Competitions – Spring 2019

  • TFA Youth/Cadet/Junior Circuit #4 – April 14th
    • Queen of All Saints Elementary School Gymnasium, Coquitlam
  • Dynamo Youth Open Grand Finale – April 28th
    • Dynamo Fencing Club, Richmond
  • 2019 Stephen Lazar Memorial Tournament – May 5th
    • AMS Student Nest (UBC), Vancouver
  • Jeux de Pomme – May 18th-19th
    • Beairsto Elementary School, Vernon
  • Fence-A-Thon – May 25th-26th
    • Royal Oak Middle School, Victoria
  • Meadowridge Open – May 25th-26th
    • Meadowridge School, Maple Ridge
  • TFA Youth/Cadet/Junior Circuit Final – June 2nd
    • Queen of All Saints Elementary School Gymnasium, Coquitlam
  • 2019 BC Provincials (Youth) – June 8th-9th
  • 2019 BC Provincials (Senior) – June 22nd-23rd
    • Dynamo Fencing Club, Richmond

All Event Registration (AskFred)https://askfred.net/Events/future.php?