Local author & CF&F Fencer Earns Spot on US Fencing Team

Noted author, English professor and CF&F fencer, Peter Grandbois, recently earned a spot on the U.S. Team that will fence at the Veterans World Championships in Hungary this fall.
Grandbois, who trains at Columbus Fencing & Fitness in Dublin, earned the honor of representing the United States by winning a gold medal in Veterans 50 Men’s Foil at the U.S. North American Cup held April 12 in Minneapolis, Minn.
“It’s the achievement of a dream,” said Grandbois, who beat Jamie Douraghy of Southern California 10-8 in the gold medal bout. “I just missed making the U.S. team 20 years ago when I was a young one. I was the first alternate in ’93, ’94 and ’95. So when I saw my chance this time, I really wanted to make the team. I had to lock down and get serious and really dig deep to get it. It’s just great to have that dream come true.”
When he is not fencing, Grandbois teaches creative writing and contemporary literature at Denison University. He is also the author of a handful of award-winning books. He won the Gold Medal in Literary Fiction in ForeWord magazine’s Book of the Year Awards for Nahoonkara (Etruscan Press 2011), and his most recent title, Domestic Disturbances (Subito Press 2013), is currently a finalist for a Book of the Year Award in Short Stories. A previous work, The Arsenic Lobster (Spuyten Duyvil 2009), was selected as one of the top five memoirs of 2009 by Sacramento News and Review. His plays, short fiction writings and essays have appeared in numerous magazines and have been cited by both the Pushcart Prize and Best American Essays.

Westerville freshman awarded state crown

OHHS WS WinnersWesterville Central High School freshman Kelli Wozniak extended her reign as the state champion in women’s saber at the Ohio High School Fencing Championships in a tightly called bout on Saturday, March 29, at Royal Arts Fencing Academy in Columbus.

Wozniak was declared the winner over Dublin Scioto High School freshman Maya Szonn-Lillard, who fenced her way back from an 8-4 deficit to tie the bout at 13-13 before an unfortunate series of false starts ultimately decided the winner. The score moved to 14-14 on penalty points, then Wozniak was awarded the final, championship-deciding, 15th point when Szonn-Lillard was charged with another false start. Crowd noise was a contributing factor to the series of penalties.

This is Wozniak’s second state title in women’s saber, although she is only a freshman this year. Last year she was permitted to compete in the state championship as an eighth grader due to her advanced skill level and out-fenced all her competitors.

“We are so proud of both Kelli and Maya for making it to the championship bout this year,” said Stan Prilutsky, who coaches both girls at Columbus Fencing & Fitness, a performance fencing club based in Dublin. “This was not an easy field of competitors and they both performed brilliantly. Having the winner decided on a false start was frustrating, but they both handled the situation like champions.”

Other central Ohio students who made it to the podium at Saturday’s state fencing championships included:

 Dublin Jerome High School freshman Michael Zeng, who finished second in Men’s Foil.

 Hilliard Memorial Middle School eighth grader Alyson Gruber, who placed third in Women’s Saber.

 Dublin Scioto freshman Nicole Fisher, who took sixth in Women’s Saber.

For a complete list of results, visit www.askfred.net and click on “Ohio High School Championships.” For more information about Columbus Fencing & Fitness, or to view video and photos of the student competitors, visit www.614fencing.com.

Fencers Receive New Ratings At February CF&F Tournaments

Columbus Fencing & Fitness hosted two tournaments this February 2014 and has awarded 4 of the competitors with new Ratings.   The winning fencers are:

  1. Elliott Xander Chapman-Layland from FAO earned his D2014 in Saber
  2. Nicole Fisher from CF&F earned her E2014 in Saber
  3. Caroline Jipa from CF&F earned her E2014 in Foil
  4. Myriam Gluck from CF&F earned her E2014 in Saber

Congratulations fencers!  The USFA tracks ratings for its members. Ratings are a system of classification for USFA fencers; they are primarily used to seed tournaments, but are also considered to be (very) broad indicators of skill. When a fencer first joins the USFA, he or she will have a classification of “U”, or “Unrated.” There are six different ratings in the USFA those being U (the lowest rating), E, D, C, B, A (the highest rating)  Fencers may increase their classification—from U to E, and then up to A—by placing in USFA-sanctioned tournaments. A tournament must have a certain amount of competitors, and those competitors must maintain a certain ratio of classifications, for the top fencers to be eligible for ratings.

CF&F fencers wins bronze & place in top 8 in D.C. fencing tournament

Dublin Scioto High School student Maya Szonn-Lillard won a bronze medal Feb. 1 in Women’s Cadet Saber at the National Fencing Foundation’s Capitol Clash Super Youth Fencing Tournament in National Harbor, Md.

Olympic Silver Medalist (Beijing 2008) Tim Morehouse was on hand to present Szonn-Lillard with her award. (See photo.) In addition to her bronze medal, Szonn-Lillard earned an 18th place finish in the Y-14 Women’s Saber event at the tournament, which has become the largest youth fencing competition in the world.

Another CF&F student who fenced in the Capitol Clash was: Kelli Wozniak, a student at Westerville Central High School.  Kelli placed 8th  and earned a medal and national points in the Y-14 Women’s Saber and 13th in Women’s Cadet Saber.  This result should keep Kelli as the No. 1 ranked women’s fencer in the Regional Youth Circuit (RYC).

Nicole Fisher, a student at Dublin Scioto, who placed 30th in Y-14 Women’s Saber and 35th in Women’s Cadet Saber; Alyson Gruber, a student at Hilliard Memorial Middle School, who placed 41st in Y-14 Women’s Saber and 42nd in Cadet Saber; Victoria Sabo, a student at Dublin Coffman High School, who placed 33rd in Women’s Cadet Saber and 54th in Y-14 Women’s Saber; Ariel Gluck, a student at Karrer Middle School, who placed 44th in Y-14 Women’s Saber; Nora Daly, who placed 49th in Y-12 Women’s Saber; Benjamin Hawkins, a student at The Wellington School, who placed 57th in Y-14 Men’s Saber; and Adam Gluck, a student at Wyandot Elementary School, who placed 58th in Y-12 Men’s Saber.

All nine youth are students at Columbus Fencing & Fitness, based in Dublin.

Columbus Fencing & Fitness is a performance fencing club focused on saber and foil skills. The club, located in the Dublin Village Center off Sawmill Road, offers private and group fencing instruction for beginning and advanced students divided by age level: youth (ages 6-13), teen (ages 14-18) and adult (ages 19-91).

For more information about Columbus Fencing & Fitness, or to view video and photos of the student competitors, visit www.614fencing.com.

9 local youth fence against nation’s best

Nine area students are competing this weekend at one of the largest youth fencing tournaments in the world (1100+).

Dublin Scioto High School students Maya Szonn-Lillard and Nicole Fisher, Dublin Coffman High School student Victoria Sabo, Hilliard Memorial High School student Alyson Gruber, Westerville High School student Kelli Wozniak, Wellington School student Benjamin Hawkins, Karrer (Dublin) Middle School student Ariel Gluck, Willis Intermediary (Delaware) student Nora Daly, and Wyandot (Dublin) Elementary School student Adam Gluck will compete in the National Fencing Foundation’s Capitol Clash Super Youth Fencing Tournament Jan. 31-Feb.2 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md.

They will face off against some of the nation’s best youth fencers who are preparing for the Junior Olympic tournament in February. The Capitol Clash draws thousands of fencers each year.

Westerville’s Wozniak is currently the No. 1 ranked women’s fencer in the Regional Youth Circuit (RYC). Dublin’s Szonn-Lillard is ranked 6th in RYC points and 57th nationally. All nine local youth are students at Columbus Fencing & Fitness in Dublin.

Columbus Fencing & Fitness is a performance fencing club focused on saber and foil skills. The club offers private and group fencing instruction for beginning and advanced students divided by age level: youth (ages 6-13), teen (ages 14-18) and adult (ages 19-91).

For more information about Columbus Fencing & Fitness, or to view video and photos of the student competitors, visit www.614fencing.com or contact Simon Birkhoff, fencing coach and Dublin Coffman HS Language Arts Teacher, at birkhoff_simon@dublinschools.net.

4 Dublin High School Students Compete & Place at the Midwest High School Fencing Tournament at Culver Military Academy in Culver, Indiana.

(Saturday, January 11, 2014) Scioto High School freshman Maya Szonn-Lillard and Nicole Fisher, and Jerome High School freshman, Michael Zeng and senior Noah Myers competed in this weekend’s Midwest High School Open Fencing Tournament .  The Dublin students competed against 345 High Schools fencers from Indiana, Ohio, Illinois and Wisconsin.

Maya Szonn-Lillard and Nicole Fisher competed in Women’s saber with 41 competitors.

Scioto freshman Maya Szonn-Lillard won 1st place and a gold medal after a close 15/14 touch bout against junior Charlotte Stender, from New Trier High School, Illinois.

Scioto freshman Nicole Fisher took 5th place out of 41, after losing to Megan Yeager from the Culver Military Academy, Culver, Indiana.

Jerome sophomore, Michael Zeng, competed in Men’s foil with 69 competitors and earned third place with a bronze medal.  Michael Zeng lost his attempt for 1st place and gold by a 15/12 defeat from Ellis Grasse of Wisconsin.

Jerome Senior, Noah Myers, competed in Men’s saber with 56 high school competitors and lost his first direct elimination to John Oosterhoff from the Culver Military Academy finishing 37th..

Please join us in celebrating these high school student club athletes and Columbus Fencing & Fitness fencers.

For more information including video and photos of the Dublin Student Competitors, visit the youtube and facebook link at www.614fencing.com

Columbus Fencing & Fitness to Host a Charity Fencing Tournament for “Girls on the Run” – Dec 21st & 22nd, 2013

Columbus Fencing & Fitness will partner with “Girls on the Run of Franklin County” to host a girl youth & open mixed charity fencing tournament.  The event will be held on Saturday & Sunday, December 21 & 22, 2013, at Columbus Fencing & Fitness’ new 14,000 sq ft ft fencing facility.

 Girls on the Run® is a 501(c)3 positive youth development program which combines an interactive curriculum and running to inspire self-respect and healthy lifestyles in girls.

Participation: Competitive USFA members in girl Y10, Y12 and Y14 and open mixed categories for foil, saber & epee.

Cost & Venue: Cost is $35 per event.

Register on www.askfred.net

All profits to go to Girls on the Run of Franklin County

http://girlsontherunfranklincounty.org/

Medals will be awarded to top 8 participants in each event.

 Equipment: Masks, lames and body cords will be checked before events, weapons will be checked on the strips by referees.  All USFA rules apply. Electric Foil Bibs Required.

Saturday, December 21 2013

9:00 AM – Y10/Y12 WSaber

10:00 AM – Y14 WSaber

11:30 AM – Open Mixed Saber

1:00 PM – Y12/Y14 WEpee

1:45 PM – Open Mixed Epee

Sunday, December 22, 2013

9:00 AM – Y10/Y12 WFoil

10:00 AM – Y14 WFoil

11:45 AM – Open Mixed Foil

Fencing demonstration & presentation for general public will be held at noon on Saturday, December 21, 2013.

Columbus Fencing & Fitness will host a US Fencing Referee clinic

Columbus Fencing & Fitness will host a US Fencing Referee clinic taught by Doug Findlay who refereed the gold medal match in London and was the US referee in Beijing. Doug’s refereeing was seen on NBC. This Referee Development Seminar will provide you with a broad understanding of the role, responsibilities, and duties of a referee, as well as refine your sense of right of way, timing, and application of the penalties. The seminar will consist of a lecture by Doug Findlay in conjunction with the Study Guide in order to prepare you for the written exam. For those passing the exam, Sunday will consist of refereeing actual fencing bouts and observation for FOC (Fencing Official Commission) You can sign up on AskFred & pay at the door. http://askfred.net/Clinics/whoIsComing.php?clinic_id=20411

. The Clinic will be held on Saturday. 11/10/12 Saturday 10am – 4pm For those taking the on-line test and passing, you can come for an optional observation on Sunday for a possible FOC rating. 11/11/12 Sunday 10am – 1pm Observation.

Current fencing rules at http://assets.teamusa.org/assets/documents/attached_file/filename1/54211/USA_Fencing_12-2011_Rulebook_FINAL.pdf

Referee Handbook at http://fencingofficials.org/documents/Refereeing_Handbook.pdf

Referee National Study Guide at http://www.fencingofficials.org/documents/StudyGuideComplete_6-20-2011.pdf