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Tim Morehouse Fencing Club Finishes 2nd In The Country with 21 Medals at the USA Fencing Summer Nationals 2019

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Columbus, OH - Building on a stellar regular season that saw Tim Morehouse Fencing Club (TMFC) finish first in the Super Youth Circuit (SYC) Medal rankings and qualify its first Cadet National Team Member, TMFC came into the 2019 nationals with a strong potential for results but the outcome eclipsed even the coaches best expectations with a 21 medal performance.

After only 3 full years of operation, TMFC posted some incredible numbers:

  • Tim Morehouse Fencing Club finished 2nd in the country out of 600+ fencing clubs that participated in the Summer Nationals.

  • The club fielded the 2nd largest amount of amount of competitors with 92 students competing in 197 events. Only NY Fencers club had more.

  • The club won 2 gold medals along with an additional 11 top-4 results and a total of 21 top-8 finishes placing the club #2 overall in top-4 and top-8 results.
    (Link to USA Fencing’s Medal Leaders: https://www.usafencing.org/2019-sn-club-medal-count)

  • The club also had an additional 6 top-16 results and 59 out of TMFC’s 92 student’s posted at least a top-32 result in one event.

  • This was the first Summer Nationals that TMFC competed in all 3 weapons and the saber program brought home 14 saber, 6 foil and a epee medal.

  • The club finished #2 in the country in Saber and tied for 7th place overall in foil medals.

OUTSTANDING INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCES INCLUDE:

  • SABER GOLDS: Jonah Shainberg brought home the gold in Division 1 men’s saber and followed that up by teaming with Nicka Lortkipanidze, Henry Nadile, Owen Prevey-Sullivan and Team Captain Guga Lorkipanidze to bring home Senior men’s saber team to gold.

  • VETERAN MEDALS AND WORLD TEAM: The club won its first 2 Veteran medals in the club’s history with Jasmina Denner bringing home a bronze medal in Veteran-50 women’s saber and Madelon Rosenfeld taking home a silver medal in Veteran-70 on her way to qualifying for the world team!

  • FOIL TEAM SILVER: The boys foil team with Finn Hossfeld, Nathan Andrews, Jake McGililon-Moore and Zachary Binder brought home a hard-fought silver medal in senior team foil.

  • Sabrina Fang brought home a bronze in cadet women’s foil, Catelyn So a bronze in Youth-10 women’s saber, William Morrill was 3rd in Youth-12 men’s saber, Fiona Neibart was 3rd in Division 3 women’s Saber.

  • Three of the Top-4 in Youth-10 Boys Saber: Myles Duckett brought home the silver medal while Emilio Gonzalez and Enzo Bera captured bronze medals to cap an incredible final day at nationals that pushed TMFC into 2nd place.. Gabriel Clark was also top-16 in Youth-10 men’s saber.

  • Lex Denner brought home 2 medals with a 5th place finish in Youth-14 men’s saber and a 6th place finish in cadet saber. Lex’s results earned him a top-20 ranking in Cadet for the upcoming season so he will be able to compete in the designated international cadet tournaments for the first time.

  • Madison Four-Garcia finished 2nd in Youth-14 women’s saber in addition to top-32 performances in the Cadet and Junior events that have also ranked her in the top-20 in cadet in the country. She will also begin competing for the first time next season at designated international tournaments.

  • Sasha Abayeva, Cat Flanagan, Alina Zhang, Guga Lortkipanidze and Mari Ferrari-Bridgers all brought home top-8 medals in there respect events.

  • Top-16 Results: With many events over 200 competitors, top-16 results are very strong results and Gabriel Clark, Nowell Gibson, Finn Hossfeld, Adele Bois, Christina Ferrari and Sasha Slobodsky all fought their way into the top-16 of their respective events.

  • The full club results can be found below.

Congratulations to all the TMFC students, parents, staff and coaches. As we often say at the club, ’it takes a village’. We all know that you don’t win your medals at the tournament but through the day to day efforts and grind of the season. We know all our students, coaches and parents work extremely hard to make this all happen. Thank you!

Regardless of medals or not, we are very proud of the way all our students competed, supported each other and learned from the experience. It is only a true loss if you don’t learn something and our student’s are learning that often in defeat, the big lessons for long-term success can be found.

Pre-Season training begins the final week of July with 3-hour pre-season clinics (check our website: www.timmorehousefencing.com).

Sleep Away Camp: Aug. 10-18 the saber and foil students will be traveling to Cornell University for our first ever Sleep Away Training camp. We hope if you haven’t signed up already, that you will join us: https://www.timmorehousefencing.com/sleepaway

Tim Morehouse Fencing Club - Full Club Results




Tim Morehouse Fencing Club Storms Up The Rankings Into 2nd Place on Day 5 of Summer Nationals

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Columbus, Ohio - Tim Morehouse Fencing Club (TMFC) moved into 2nd place in the medal count with 5 medals won on day 5 of the Summer Nationals and July Challenge 2019. TMFC has now won 11 medals overall and is in 2nd place behind Fencer's Club with 14 medals.

In the most successful Summer National’s day in TMFC history, Madelon Rosenfeld brought home the first Veteran’s medal in the club’s history with a silver medal in the Vet-70 age category. She also qualified for the World Championships and became TMFC’s 3rd national team member.

In Youth-14 men’s saber, Lex Denner followed up on his top-8 performance in Cadet with another hard fought top-8 medal including a come from behind victory in the round of 16. The Tim Morehouse Fencing Club Women’s foil squad then became the first squad to win 2 medals in one event for the club with Sabrina Fang taking home a bronze medal and Cat Flannagan bringing home a top-8 medal with a 5th place finish in cadet women’s foil.

Bronze medalist Sabrina Fang and top-8 medalist Cat Flannagan with Coach Slava.

Bronze medalist Sabrina Fang and top-8 medalist Cat Flannagan with Coach Slava.

Connor Kravit promised to bring home Tim Morehouse Fencing Club’s first ever Summer National Epee medal and he delivered with a top-8 medal in Cadet men’s saber.

Madelon Rosenfeld (TMFC’s first Veteran Team Member) with Coach Slava

Madelon Rosenfeld (TMFC’s first Veteran Team Member) with Coach Slava

Here are the rankings after day 5:

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Nowell Gibson Named to the All-Academic and the All-American First Team

Pictured: Nowell Gibson receives his First Team All American and his First Team Academic awards

Pictured: Nowell Gibson receives his First Team All American and his First Team Academic awards

New York, NY (June, 2019) - TMFC Fencer Nowell Gibson has been named to the 2018-19 USA Fencing All-Academic First Team and to the 2018-19 USA Fencing All-American First Team. The All-American Team recognizes high school fencers who have achieved a high level of success on the fencing strip. The All-Academic Team recognizes exemplary student athletes who have achieved high academic success in school. Nowell has qualified for both!

Nowell has been fencing at Tim Morehouse Fencing Club since January 2019. He attends the Epee Elite class and trains with the amazing Coach Alex. Nowell is currently competing at the USA Fencing National Championships.

Congratulations Nowell!

The Top-50 Youth Foil Fencing Clubs In The Country! (2018-2019 Season)

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Congratulations Fencers Club Inc on bringing home the title of #1 Youth Competitive Foil Club in the country for the 2018-2019 Season!

Fencers Club brought home 37 SYC medals with Gutkovsky Fencing Academy right behind with 36. Renaissance Fencing Academy (32 medals), 5-Towns Fencers Club (29 medals) and Silicon Valley Fencing Center (28 medals) rounded out the top-5. Congratulations to all the coaches and students on their hard work!

The calculations are based on the number of top-8 medal finishes at Super Youth Circuits and the Youth NAC in March.

Renaissance won the most Gold Medals with 10 and Fencers Club had the most amount of tournament entries 244. You can view the top-25 for entries and gold medals won at SYCs and the Youth NAC below.

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DATA CAVEATS:

  • Since USA Fencing’s website doesn’t have open API and results are no longer on ASKFRED, this data was entered manually. If you notice any errors, please let us know and we will update them! (If a club name is spelled differently, it will read it as 2 different clubs)

  • We only counted the first club that a student represents and not the secondary.

  • We counted the results of the club a student was representing at the time. So, if a student was representing club X in September and Club Y in May then the results in September would count towards Club X.

  • We combined clubs with affiliate locations into one club. So for example, Sheridan Fencing Academy which has a few different locations is counted as one club.

  • We only counted Y10, Y12 and Y14. Not Y8 or the Cadets that sometimes occurred at SYCS.


Elite Epee Fencing in Westchester with Coach Alex Zurabishvili at Tim Morehouse Fencing Club

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Coach Alex Zurabishvili has developed several national team members and he is the Head Epee Coach at Tim Morehouse Fencing Club where he is in charge of developing all aspects of the Epee program.

The club is offering group classes and private lessons in Epee at our Port Chester Facility at 135 Pearl Street, Port Chester, NY 10573.

Email info@timmorehousefencing.com for more information.

EVERY BOUT EVER FENCED BY TIM MOREHOUSE FENCING CLUB STUDENTS (And, How They've Done)

All the bouts fenced, win-loss and event entry totals by TMFC student’s since the club opened in December, 2015 until May, 12, 2019.

All the bouts fenced, win-loss and event entry totals by TMFC student’s since the club opened in December, 2015 until May, 12, 2019.

The above graphic is a summary of almost every bout ever fenced by anyone ever representing Tim Morehouse Fencing Club since we first opened our first club in Manhattan in December, 2015.

I started out thinking about this solely as a tournament’s article but it also got me thinking about the financial impact our club has had on the sport with so many new members that are competing.

SOME TAKEAWAYS:

  • 2931 Tournament Entries: If an athlete spends an average of $60 per tournament entry fee, it means TMFC families collectively have spent over 175,000 on entry fees over the past 4 seasons and $85,000 this season alone.

  • Do # Competitors and Results Correlate? The increase in entries did correlate to an increase in medal results. This season TMFC won the SYC medal count for the first time (Top 55 Competitive Saber Clubs 2018-2019). However, I don’t necessarily think the # of entries will necessarily mean better results. Our pool and DE % has remained relatively the same as the number of entries has increased.

  • WIN-LOSS %: Has held relatively steady even with the increase in competitors which for us has come from new fencers taking their first competitive steps. Our “more experienced” fencers improved their results while new fencers are taking their first steps of winning 1-3 pool bouts in their first 10 tournaments.

  • The Pool win-loss % and DE win-loss % are relatively similar for the club overall.

  • Next steps for me are to break down the win-loss record and % by age category, # of years competing and we also look at things by coach within these sub-group

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Broken down by Pool and DE Record.

Broken down by Pool and DE Record.

WHAT RESULTS ARE INCLUDED
The data
includes every local tournament, regional, national and international tournament that our fencers have fenced in over the past four years. The results do not include NCAA fencing results.

The results are only from tournaments where student’s were representing TMFC.

SOME BACKGROUND:
My professional background included four years on staff at Teach For America where data-driven was a way of a life. Everything that was a key metric for success had to be measured and analyzed. All goals had to be measurable, progress was tracked and any conversation about next steps and improvement was grounded in what the data was telling us. I saw amazing results and progress when this was done well with teachers and students.

For someone like myself who was training for the Olympics, being at an organization with clear and measurable goals helped me to thrive and I always felt a key thing missing from my own Olympic fencing career was the type of powerful data that could help me make better decisions on the strip and off.

So, Tim Morehouse Fencing Club’s ingredients are a mix of our coaches fencing knowledge, a data-driven teaching pedagogy and a values driven approach to the lessons we teach and how they could impact students beyond the fencing strip.

Welcome To MORE-HOUSE!