Four Castle Rock youth athletes qualified for the USA Fencing National Championships and July Challenge in sabre fencing. David Smith, Rachel Buhay, Kirsten Buhay, and Nico Pope were scheduled to …
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Four Castle Rock youth athletes qualified for the USA Fencing National Championships and July Challenge in sabre fencing. David Smith, Rachel Buhay, Kirsten Buhay, and Nico Pope were scheduled to compete from June 28 to July 7.
The USA Fencing National Championships features individual competition in categories from Youth 10 to Veteran 70+ with athletes ranging from ages 8 to 94.
The July Challenge includes Division I, Junior and Cadet individual events as well as a senior team competition. Both tournaments include events in all three weapons: epee, foil and saber.
To qualify for the USA Fencing National Championship, these fencers competed successfully in several local, regional and national fencing competitions to earn points toward the final summer championships. This level of competition requires not only hours of classes, practices, and individualized coaching sessions, but also a love of the sport, and the ability to persevere. These athletes take classes at the Fencing Academy of Denver in Littleton. This club is run by Tom Strzalkowski who was a member of the 1996 Olympic Fencing Team, as well as a five-time U.S. National Team Member and a three-time NCAA Champion.
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