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May 23, 2022


Royal Fencing Academy Foil - Sunday, May 29, 2022

The Royal Fencing Academy will host two tournaments on Sunday, May 29.

A Youth-14 Unclassified Mixed Foil tournament will close registration at 10:00am. Preregister at AskFRED.

An E & Under Mixed Foil tournament will close at 1:00pm. Preregister at AskFRED.


Amazon Open - Sunday, June 5, 2022

The annual Amazon Open Tournament will be held on Sunday, June 5, at DCFC's Forest Glen Fencing Center.

The 19th annual Amazon Open will have medals awarded down to 8th place, with special prizes awarded to the top finishers. This has been one of the strongest women's epee tournaments in the mid-Atlantic and typically draws fencers from all over the country. We are also pleased to offer a women's sabre event.

You may register on site the morning of the event, but it will help to make the tournament run more smoothly if you preregister. Entry fee is $40.00 per event.

Senior Women's Epee registration closes at 9:30am.

Senior Women's Saber registration closes at 2:00pm.

Preregister on AskFRED.


Capital Fencing Musketeer Circuit #6 - Sunday, June 5, 2022

The Capital Fencing Academy will host the sixth Musketeer Circuit of the season on Sunday, June 5.

Youth-10 Mixed Sabre will close registration at 10:00am. Youth-12 Mixed Sabre will close at 11:30am. Youth-14 Mixed Sabre will close at 2:00pm.

Preregister at AskFRED.


Capital Fencing Academy Czajkowski Cup Sabre Open - Saturday, June 11, 2022

The Capital Fencing Academy will host a Mixed Sabre Open event on Saturday, June 11. The competition will close registration at 2:00pm.

Preregister at AskFRED.


DCFC Youth Challenge - Sunday, June 12, 2022

A Youth Challenge tournament will be held on Sunday, June 12, at DCFC's Forest Glen Fencing Center.

The Youth-10/12 Mixed Epee and Youth-10/12 Mixed Sabre will both close at 10:00am. Youth-14 Mixed Sabre will close at 12:30pm. The Youth-14 Mixed Epee event will close at 1:30pm.

Preregister at AskFRED.


Captain Steere Open Mixed Epee - Sunday, June 19, 2022

The annual Captain Steere Open Mixed Epee will be held on Sunday, June 19, at DCFC's Forest Glen Fencing Center.

The Open Mixed Epee competition will close registration at 10:00am.

Richard C. Steere, a retired Navy captain who was the weather expert for General George S. Patton during the Anglo-American landing in North Africa in November 1942 and a member of a bronze medal-winning U.S. fencing team at the 1932 Summer Olympics, died March 17, 2001 of pneumonia at Doctors Community Hospital in Lanham, Virginia. The longtime McLean resident was 92.

Off the coast of Morocco, Patton and other aides expressed pessimism at the heavy seas and what it meant for a landing that was the opening of a new theater of operations during World War II. But Capt. Steere, then a Navy meteorologist, steeled Patton's resolve with a forecast that, though at odds with information from London and Washington, proved correct. This feat earned him the fiery general's confidence and the nickname "Commander Houdini."

Captain Steere was born in Kansas City, Missouri, and raised in Chicago. He learned the rudiments of fencing from a drama professor at the University of Chicago, where his brother was a student. Capt. Steere was on a fencing team at the Naval Academy, from which he graduated in 1931. With his lightning-quick hand movements, he was named to the foil team that won a medal at the Los Angeles Olympics.

At the Olympics, the U.S. team tied for first, which resulted in an elimination round. American sports pages were filled with stories of the competition, since, during the early rounds, the American foil team had beaten the storied French team for the first time.

Capt. Steere received a master's degree in meteorology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1940. After the Africa landing, he was promoted and served at various command posts predicting weather conditions for naval actions. He was among the Navy group that forecast surf and swell conditions for the D-Day landing at Normandy.

After the war, he taught at the Naval Academy, commanded the Bainbridge Naval Training Station in Maryland and commanded two destroyers, the New Kent and the Porter. He retired from the Navy in 1961 and moved to McLean.

From the 1950s into the 1980s, he was a fixture at the Naval Academy, where he taught and fenced with young midshipmen. Fit and compact, he fenced into his late seventies and won various titles of the Amateur Fencers League of America, which became the United States Fencing Association. With his eyesight failing, his last recorded tournament victory was in 1989. He loved fencing, he told an interviewer, because it was a "complex puzzle."

Preregister at AskFRED.


Royal Fencing Academy Foil - Sunday, June 19, 2022

The Royal Fencing Academy will host two tournaments on Sunday, June 19.

A Youth-12 Mixed Foil tournament will close registration at 10:00am.

An Unclassified Mixed Foil tournament will close at 1:30pm.


Royal Fencing Academy Youth Foil - Sunday, June 26, 2022

The Royal Fencing Academy will host a Youth-8 Mixed Foil tournament on Sunday, June 26. The event will close registration at 10:00am.


Tune-Up Open - Saturday & Sunday, June 25 & 26, 2022

The annual Tune-Up Open will be held on Saturday and Sunday, June 25 and 26, at DCFC's Forest Glen Fencing Center.

The Open Mixed Epee competition will close registration at 1:00pm on Saturday, June 25. On Sunday, Open Mixed Foil will close registration at 10:00am and Open Mixed Sabre will close registration at 1:30pm.

Preregister at AskFRED.


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 2021-2022 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 2021-2022 season:

Application and receipts should be e-mailed to capdivgrants@gmail.com or mailed to:


Capitol Division Developmental Grants

For the 2021-22 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 capdivgrants@gmail.com or mailed to:

The deadline for grant application is June 15, 2022.


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 US Fencing Referee Database) who are members of Capitol Division (2021-07-19). Referees are tested and certified at levels 1 through 10, 1 is the highest level.

FoilEpeeSabre
Sunil Sabharwal 2
Robert Del Gaizo 3
Bobby Gibbs 3
Vitali Nazlymov 3
Andrew Holbrook 4
Nicholas Ferrara 5
Jacob Hazle-Cary 5
Aleksey Muravyev 5
Brianna Smith 5
James Adams 6
Jill Feldman 6
Jonathan Holbrook 6
Fen Tamulonis 6
Karen Brasted 7
Castilla McNamara 7
Larry Pinkus 7
William Barwick 8
Samuel Bloom 8
Lauren Fields 8
Kailen Hargenrader 8
Marie Lawson 8
Donald Malnati 8
Malcolm Patterson 8
Connor Paulson 8
David Ruskin 8
Kiersten Zug 8
Nathan Andes 9
Hunter Higgison 9
Amanda Sirico 9
Lauren Testa 9
Mary Anne Walker 9
Ryan Hrapsky 10
Julia Kim 10
Marsha Reichman 10
Brooke Sirico 10
Karolyn Upham 10
James Adams 3
Robert Del Gaizo 4
Nicholas Ferrara 4
Bobby Gibbs 4
Brianna Smith 4
Elliott Clinton 5
Jill Feldman 5
Jacob Hazle-Cary 5
Aleksey Muravyev 5
Vitali Nazlymov 5
Karen Brasted 6
Andrew Holbrook 6
Jonathan Holbrook 6
Ryan Hrapsky 6
Malcolm Patterson 6
Larry Pinkus 6
Fen Tamulonis 6
William Barwick 7
Samuel Bloom 7
Mattias Cohen 7
Lauren Fields 7
Robert Haddad 7
Asha Henry 7
Castilla McNamara 7
Karolyn Upham 7
Alec Walker 7
Mary Anne Walker 7
Griffin Boswell 8
Trina Do 8
Gabriel Hilbert 8
Abraham Joyner-Meyers 8
Marie Lawson 8
Matthew Moore 8
Natalie Olsen 8
David Ruskin 8
Cynthia Sirico 8
Meghan Sirico 8
Kiersten Zug 8
Nathan Andes 9
Lisa Dobloug 9
Nicolas Hensal 9
Hunter Higgison 9
Julia Kim 9
Amanda Sirico 9
Donald Malnati 10
Marsha Reichman 10
Brooke Sirico 10
Vitali Nazlymov 2
Elliott Clinton 3
Nicholas Ferrara 4
Jacob Hazle-Cary 4
Abigail Benson-McCarthy 5
Colin Campbell 5
Robert Del Gaizo 5
Brianna Smith 5
Nicolas Del Vecchio 6
Kailen Hargenrader 6
Larry Pinkus 6
Aaron Ruby 6
James Adams 7
Bobby Gibbs 7
Elizaveta Koroleva 7
Cole Leonard 7
Tatiana Nazlymov 7
Trina Do 8
Jill Feldman 8
Castilla McNamara 8
Andrei Nazlymov 8
Natalie Olsen 8
Malcolm Patterson 8
Connor Paulson 8
David Ruskin 8
Kathryn Wong 8
Kiersten Zug 8
Nathan Andes 9
William Barwick 9
Salvatore Centanni 9
Matthew Chin 9
Lauren Fields 9
Soraya Henry 9
Hunter Higgison 9
Andrew Holbrook 9
Amy Lu 9
Grace Ma 9
Cathleen Shi 9
Lauren Testa 9
Jonathan Holbrook 10
Ryan Hrapsky 10
Donald Malnati 10
Karolyn Upham 10
Evan Yee 10

Division Officers and Executive Committee 2021-2022

Chairperson
Nick Ferrara (nf.capdiv@gmail.com)
Vice-Chairperson
Arnold Wynn (arnold@wynnempire.com)
Secretary
Bettie Graham (eddie31@rcn.com)
Treasurer
Fen Tamulonis (robofen@gmail.com)
Members at Large:
Valerie Asher (vaasher@aya.yale.edu)
Elliott Clinton (elliott@capfencing.com)
Raymond Finkleman (fencer@fencer.com)
Representatives of the member clubs
Phil Keefer, CAPITAL (pekeefer@outlook.com)
Matthew Moore, CCFC (mdmoore23@gmail.com)
Byron Neslund, DCFC (bjn225@nyu.edu)
Galina Rakityanskaya, INVICTA - (galinarinvicta@gmail.com)
Jill Feldman, NAZLYMOV - (jill_feldman@hotmail.com)
TJ Safai, ROYALFA (tsafai@yahoo.com)
Sean Fitzgerald, TERRAPIN (president@umdfencing.com)
Hunter Higgison, GWFC (hhiggison@gmail.com)
Malcolm Patterson, RFA (mdpatterson@gmail.com)

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Raymond Finkleman fencer@fencer.com
Last revised May 23, 2022