For Immediate Release

21 October 2010

 

USA Fencers Set for World Championships

 

USA Fencing is proud to announce the team set to compete at the 2010 World Fencing Championships to be held in Paris, France, November 4 – 13.

 

This year’s team is rich in experience. Seven members are veterans of at least one Olympic Games, and three are Olympic medalists.

 

International superstar Mariel Zagunis (25, Beaverton, Ore.) goes into this Championships ranked number one in the world. The 2004 and 2008 Olympic gold medalist leads a team of deep women’s saber talent, including world #11-ranked Dagmara Wozniak (22, Avenel, N.J.), another 2008 Olympian and a member with Zagunis of the gold-medal 2010 Pan American Fencing Championships women’s saber team. The US team goes into the competition ranked second in the world, behind Russia.

 

The men’s saber team will be led by two Olympic veterans, Tim Morehouse (32, Bronx, N.Y.) and James Williams (25, Sacramento, Calif.). Morehouse, the 2010 National Champion, has a pair of top-eight finishes in World Cup competition this year, including sixth-place performances in both New York and Venezuela. The team is ranked sixth in the world.

 

Other top-ranked fencers on the team include Seth Kelsey (29, Brush Prairie, Wash.), 2004 and 2008 Olympian, and Miles Chamley-Watson (20, Philadelphia, Pa. Kelsey is now ranked 12th in the world, and won a World Cup in Australia this season. Kelsey is a member of the US Air Force’s World Class Athlete program, and serves as a Captain currently in the Air Force Reserves.

 

Chamley-Watson (20, Philadelphia, Pa.) is a relative youngster in the top men’s foil ranks, but this season has earned the #7 spot in the world. Chamley-Watson has had a spectacular season, kicking off with a top-eight finish at a Grand Prix World Cup in Shanghai in April, a bronze at the Grand Prix in St. Petersburg, Russia in May, and a silver at a World Cup in Venezuela in June.

 

The World Championships are held by the Federation International d’Escrime (www.fie.ch), the international governing body of the sport.

 

Check out www.escrime-2010.com for a full schedule and more information about the event. Results will be posted there, as well.

 

Stay tuned for information about the 2010 Paralympic World Fencing Championships, which will be held in conjunction with the Senior Worlds in Paris this year, as well, Nov. 6 – 11.

 

About USA Fencing: USA Fencing is the national governing body of the sport of fencing in the United States. USA Fencing is affiliated with the Féderation Internationale d'Escrime (FIE), the international federation for fencing, and with the US Olympic Committee. USA Fencing is based at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

 

For More Information please contact:  Cindy Bent Findlay * US Fencing Media Relations * 614.746.6733 * pr@usfencing.org * www.USFencing.org

ROSTER

US Team to the 2010 World Fencing Championships

Paris, France, Nov. 4-13

 

Men’s Epee

World Rank

1. Seth Kelsey (29, Brush Prairie, Wash./NYAC)

12

2. Cody Mattern (29, Tigard, Ore./Northwest FC)

50

3. Benjamin Ungar (24, Bronx, N.Y./NYAC)

87

4. Benjamin Bratton (25, New York, N.Y./Westbrook Foundation)

93

Men’s Foil

 

1. Miles Chamley-Watson (20, Philadelphia, Pa./Fencers Club/PSU)

7

2. Gerek Meinhardt (20, San Francisco, Calif./Massialas/NDU)

21

3. Kurt Getz (22, Rye, N.Y./Fenc. Acad. Westchester)

32

4. Alexander Massialas (16, San Francisco, Calif./Massialas)

21

Men’s Saber

 

1. Tim Morehouse (32, Bronx, N.Y./Manhattan FC)

23

2. Daryl Homer (20, Bronx, N.Y./Manhattan FC)

33

3. Benjamin Igoe (25, Staten Island, N.Y./NYAC)

4. James Williams (25, Sacramento, Calif./Manhattan FC)

31

79

Women’s Epee

 

1. Lindsay Campbell (29, Brooklyn, N.Y./NYAC)

70

2. Courtney Hurley (20, San Antonio, Texas/NYAC/NDU)

41

3. Kelley Hurley (22, San Antonio, Texas/NYAC)

38

4. Lauren Willock (25, Astoria, N.Y./Fencers Club)

138

Women’s Foil

 

1. Nzihgha Prescod (18, Brooklyn, N.Y./Westbrook Found.)

58

2. Lee Kiefer (16, Lexington, Ky./Bluegrass FC)

24

3. Doris Willette (22, Lafayette, Calif./Massialas/PSU)

36

4. Nicole Ross (21, New York, N.Y./Fencers Club/Columbia)

86

Women’s Saber

 

1. Mariel Zagunis (25, Beaverton, Ore./Oregon FA)

1

2. Dagmara Wozniak (22, Avenel, N.J./Manhattan FC)

11

3. Ibtihaj Muhammad (25, Maplewood, N.J./Westbrook Found.)

20

4. Daria Schneider (23, Brookline, Mass./NYAC)

39

 

US Team Cadre:

ME Coach – Sebastien Dos Santos, Portland, Ore.

WE Coach – Ro Sobalvarro, St. Paul, Minn.

MF Coach – Mauro Hamza, Pearland, Texas

WF Coach – Mike Pederson, San Francisco, Calif.

MS Coach – Yury Gelman, New York, N.Y.

WS Coach – Ed Korfanty, Portland, Ore.

Head of Delegation – Francisco Martin, Yonkers, N.Y.

Team Manager – Paul Fitzgerald, Colorado Springs, Colo.

Athletic Trainer – John Carollo, San Antonio, Texas

Athletic Trainer – Jeremy Summers, Huntington Beach, Calif.

Armorer – Matthew Porter, Pacifica, Calif.

Armorer – Ovy Waddoups, Bedford, Texas