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Neely Brandfield-Harvey

Fencing

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Fencing Event: Women's Epee
Current Residence:
Houston, T.X.
School: Awly International School
College: Columbia University
Major: Political Science
Club: New York Athletic Club
Coach: Aladar Kogler

 
Career Results:
Member of United States Teams
-Cadet National Team
-Cadet Pan American Team
-Cadet Workd Championship:  2006,2007
-Junior World Championship: 2010
 
2009-2010
-Top 16 in Junior World Cup in Tauber
-9th in Division 1 at North American Cup in Pittsburg, P.A.
-12th in Junior World Cup in Goteberg
-14th in Junior World Cup in Modling
-6th in U-19 at the Junior Olympics in Memphis, T.N.
 
2008-2009
-3rd in U-19 at the North American Cup in St. Louis, M.O.
-6th in Division 1 at the North American Cup in Colorado Springs, C.O.
-6th in Division 1 at the North American Cup in Portland, O.R.
-2nd in U-19 at the Summer Nationals in Grapevine, T.X.
-5th in Division 1 at the Summer Nationals in Grapevine, T.X.
-Gold medal in Senior Women's Epee team at the Summer Nationals in Grapevine, T.X.
 
2006-2007
-1st in U-17 at the Noth American Cup in Memphis, T.N.
-1st in U-19 at the Junior Olympics in Denver, C.O.
-2nd in U-17 at the Junior Olympics in Denver, C.O.
-3rd in Division 1 at the North American Cup in Tucson, A.Z.
-3rd in Cadet Pan American Games
-5th in U-17 at the North American Cup in Albuquerque, N.M.
-6th in U-19 at the North American Cup in Albuquerque, N.M.
-8th at the Cadet World Championships in Belek, Turkey
-12th at the Cadet World Cup in Heidenheim, Germany
 
2005-2006
-3rd in Division 1 at the National Championships in Altlanta, G.A.
-3rd in U-17 at the North American Cup in Miami, F.L.
-5th in U-17 at the North American Cup in Albuquerque, N.M.
-6th in the Cadet World Cup in Budapest, Hungary
-6th in U-19 at the North American Cup in Houston, T.X.
-8th in Division 1 in Sacramento, C.A.
-12th in U-19 at the National Championships in Atlanta, G.A.
 
2004-2005
-Overall points Champion in Y-14
-1st in Y-14 at the National Championships in Sacramento, C.A.
-3rd in U-17 at the National Championships in Sacramento, C.A.
-3rd in U-19 at the National Championships in Sacramento, C.A.
-3rd in Y-14 at the North American Cup in Atlanta, G.A.
-5th in Y-14 at the North American Cup in Chattanooga, T.N.
-8th in U-17 in Atlanta, G.A.
 

Personal:

How did you start fencing?
I had always been a huge fan of the three musketeers and Zorro, so my mom decided to put me in a fencing class when I was 8 years old.

What has been your favorite moment while fencing?
I would have to say scoring the winning touch in priorty as the anchor for the N.Y.A.C. during the gold medal match in the Senior Women's Epee team event at the Summer Nationals in 2009.

What is your motivation?
My four younger sisters, they all have such an amazing work ethic in both school and their respective sports.

Who has influenced your fencing career and how?
My former coach, Paul Pesthy, who sadly passed away last year.  He always taught me to never give up, fence from the heart, be fearless, and be prepared to work your butt off for every touch.  The harder you work, the luckier you get!

What are your goals for this year and in the future?
My goal is to make the top 8 at the Junior World Championships this year and hopefully earn a spot on the Senior World team in the years to come.

How do you train?
I train five days a week at the New York Athletic Club, compete in local tournaments around the city, and take lessons everyday form my coach.

What are some of the biggest hurdles/challenges that you've had to overcome in your fencing career?
The biggest challenge that I had to overcome was learning to be aggresive, get in closer, and not be afraid to try new moves. 

What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
I can not whistle!