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June 14, 2021

Sanctioning of Club-Sponsored Events to Begin July 1

Given the improving situation with the pandemic and the lifting of COVID restrictions in the area, the Capitol Division will be reopening sanctioning for club-sponsored tournaments starting July 1. Any club wishing to hold a tournament will still need to adhere to any remaining COVID requirements in their area and to USA Fencing requirements, which still requires that all tournament attendees wear masks.

All clubs wishing to sponsor tournaments must follow the division's Sanctioning Policy including the 30-day advance notice.

Tune-Up Open - Sunday, June 27, 2021

The annual Tune-Up Open will be held on Sunday, June 27, at DCFC's Forest Glen Fencing Center.

The Open Mixed Epee competition will close registration at 9:00am on Sunday, June 27. Note that this epee event was previously advertised as being held on Saturday. All events have now been moved to Sunday. Open Mixed Foil will close registration at 11:00am and Open Mixed Sabre will close registration at 1:30pm.

Preregister at AskFRED.

Amazon Open - Saturday, July 31, 2021

The annual Amazon Open Tournament will be held on Saturday, July 31, at DCFC's Forest Glen Fencing Center.

The 18th 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 if registered in advance and $45.00 at the door.

Senior Women's Saber registration closes at 11:00am.

Senior Women's Epee registration closes at 1:00pm.

Preregister on AskFRED.

Annual Meeting of the Membership - August 8, 2021

The annual meeting of the membership of Capitol Division is scheduled for August 8, 2021 at 2:00 pm.

This will be a virtual meeting. A link will be provided here.

The Nominating Committee has submitted its slate of candidates for the 2021-2022 fencing season:

Chairperson: Nick Ferrara
Vice-Chairperson: Arnold Wynn
Treasurer: Fen Tamulonis
Secretary: Bettie Graham

At-large members:
Raymond Finkleman
Valerie Asher
Elliott Clinton

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 2020-2021 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 2020-2021 season:

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

Capitol Division Developmental Grants

For the 2020-21 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, 2021.

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 (2020-08-05). Referees are tested and certified at levels 1 through 10, 1 is the highest level.

Foil RefereesEpee RefereesSabre Referees
Sunil Sabharwal 2Essene Waters 3Vitali Nazlymov 2
Vitali Nazlymov3James Adams 3Elliott Clinton3
Robert Del Gaizo3Nicholas Ferrara 4Nicholas Ferrara 4
Bobby Gibbs 3Robert Del Gaizo 4Jacob Hazle-Cary4
Andrew Holbrook 4Brianna Smith 4Robert Del Gaizo 5
Essene Waters5Bobby Gibbs4Brianna Smith 5
Nicholas Ferrara 5Vitali Nazlymov5Abigail Benson-McCarthy5
Jacob Hazle-Cary 5Elliott Clinton 5Colin Campbell5
Aleksey Muravyev 5Jacob Hazle-Cary 5Larry Pinkus 6
Brianna Smith 5Jill Feldman 5Kailen Hargenrader 6
Jill Feldman 6Aleksey Muravyev 5Nicolas Del Vecchio 6
James Adams 6Larry Pinkus 6Aaron Ruby 6
Jonathan Holbrook 6Malcolm Patterson6Essene Waters7
Fen Tamulonis6Andrew Holbrook 6James Adams 7
Larry Pinkus 7Jonathan Holbrook 6Bobby Gibbs 7
Castilla McNamara 7Fen Tamulonis 6Elizaveta Koroleva 7
Karen Brasted 7Karen Brasted6Cole Leonard7
Kailen Hargenrader 8Castilla McNamara 7Tatiana Nazlymov7
Connor Paulson 8William Barwick 7Jill Feldman8
Malcolm Patterson 8Lauren Fields 7Malcolm Patterson 8
William Barwick 8Mattias Cohen 7Castilla McNamara8
Samuel Bloom 8Samuel Bloom 7David Ruskin8
Lauren Fields 8Mary Anne Walker 7Kiersten Zug8
Marie Lawson 8Robert Haddad 7Trina Do 8
Donald Malnati 8Alec Walker7Natalie Olsen 8
David Ruskin 8Asha Henry 7Kathryn Wong 8
Kiersten Zug 8David Ruskin 8Connor Paulson 8
Mary Anne Walker9Kiersten Zug 8Andrei Nazlymov 8
Nathan Andes 9Trina Do 8Andrew Holbrook9
Maximilian (Max) Dunat9Natalie Olsen 8William Barwick 9
Amanda Sirico 9Matthew Moore 8Lauren Fields 9
Lauren Testa 9Marie Lawson 8Nathan Andes 9
Julia Kim 10Griffin Boswell8Lauren Testa 9
Marsha Reichman 10Gabriel Hilbert 8Matthew Chin9
Brooke Sirico 10Abraham Joyner-Meyers8Amy Lu 9
  Meghan Sirico 8Soraya Henry9
  Nathan Andes 9Cathleen Shi 9
  Amanda Sirico 9Salvatore Centanni9
  Julia Kim 9Grace Ma 9
  Lisa Dobloug 9Jonathan Holbrook10
  Nicolas Hensal9Donald Malnati 10
  Donald Malnati 10Ken Gauvey 10
  Brooke Sirico 10Evan Yee 10
  Marsha Reichman 10Kieran Gauvey10
  Kailen HargenraderPMattias CohenP
  Kathryn Wong PMatthew Moore P
  Lauren Testa PBrooke Sirico P
  Matthew Chin PRobert King P
  Amy Lu PMark Srere P
  Ken GauveyPAnnie Tang P
  Evan Yee P 
  Robert King P 
  Katelyn Keegan P 
  Matthew Peppe P 
  Justin Haddad P 
  Xavier Hilbert P 
  Carole Jeandheur P 

Division Officers and Executive Committee 2020-2021

Nick Ferrara (
Arnold Wynn (
Bettie Graham (
Rebecca Chimahusky (
Members at Large:
Valerie Asher (
Aaron Ruby (
Raymond Finkleman (
Representatives of the member clubs
Elliott Clinton, CAPITAL (
Matthew Moore, CCFC (
Byron Neslund, DCFC (
Galina Rakityanskaya, INVICTA - (
Jill Feldman, NAZLYMOV - (

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