Sabrina Krupenko (retired Army dependent), also from All-American Fencing Academy topped 2 experienced fencers from her team and went undefeated during the day. Sabrina dropped Ines Page and Melea Stoltenberg (active duty Air Force spouse) into 2nd and 3rd place, respectively.
Coach Gerhard stated, “Ines and Melea are tough competitors and Sabrina has been training well and regularly. Sabrina recently took 2nd place at a tough tournament in Durham; she looks to have a productive season ahead of her.” Jacqueline Cushman (active duty Army dependent) also tied for third in the women’s event.
Rounding out the gold medals, Daniel Johnson (active duty Army dependent) won his 3rd straight gold medal in the youth ages 7-10 division.
“Typically, it’s a fight between a trio of 3 strong youth fencers from the All-American Fencing Academy: Laialona Sanders, Isabelle Guevarra, and Daniel Johnson. Lately Daniel has upped his game and has managed to hold off Laialona and Isabelle for the top place along with any visiting competitors,” said Coach Gerhard.
In the youth ages 9-12 division, the Fayetteville fencers fell short. Jaina Janson took the bronze medal and the highest placement for Fayetteville while Apex fencer Alexander Sichitiu took first.
Some Fayetteville fencers also made their debut in their first tournament. Tia Brown, Daniel Decipulo, and Jessica Lowe all took a big step into competitive fencing over the weekend.
A Growing Sport and a Growing Club
The sport of fencing is growing world wide. In a historically European dominated sport, US teams have been consistently been in the top places on the world stage for several years. In the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, fencing, for the first time, will have a full medal count. There will be 6 individual medals, and 6 team medals in the next Olympics.
The last Olympics provided growth for the All-American Fencing Academy. According to Coach Gerhard their classes are wall to wall. The Academy has hired an additional coach to open a new class on Thursdays to alleviate the numbers from the other classes.
“We are bringing in enthusiastic new students from ages 7 to adult. And we’re also lucky enough to get many experienced fencers that have moved here because of the Army. New students are joining in each age group every month,” notes Coach Gerhard.
The All-American Fencing Academy also hosts a Walk-In Class for fencers that want to give it a try without making a full month commitment. The Walk-In Classes occur during Downtown Fayetteville’s Fourth Friday events.
ABOUT THE ALL-AMERICAN FENCING ACADEMY – The All-American Fencing Academy is located in Downtown Fayetteville at 207 B Donaldson St. It instructs and trains recreational and competitive fencers from ages 7 to Adult. Its fencers compete regionally and nationally. Their coaches include former World Cup and NCAA fencers.