1931 Amazons of the foil


1931 Amazons of the Foil" American's Champion swordswomen meet brittan's best in 'clash of steel' for international honours.  Features footage of three female American foilists: Ms. Marion Lloyd (later Mrs. Joseph Vince), the current US Women's Foil Champion; Miss Locke, and Miss Burnside. Also three female British foilists: Miss Peggy Butler, Miss Nelligan, and Miss Pollock-Smith. Video courtesy of schlager7

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1939 Eddy, Mayer and Helm


SF Examiner photo of  (l to r)
Jane Eddy, Helene Mayer, Harriet Helm all of San Francisco at the Commercial Club getting ready to compete in the Fencers’ Carnival to help raise money for the 1939 US Nationals  to be held in San Francisco .   This would be the first time the Nationals were held outside the east coast.

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1967 Pan Am Women's Foil Team

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1967 US Pan Am Games Women's Foil Team
Left to Right: Veronica Smith, Harriet King, Jan Romary, Maxine Mitchell

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1969 Women's Foil Medalists

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1969 US Women's Foil medalists
l to r -  Denise O'Connor (3rd)  Ruth White (Champion) Harriet King  (2nd)
photo by Jan York Romary

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1988 Seoul Olympic Games Dave Littel and Sharon Monplaisir

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United States' foil fencers Dave Littel and Sharon Monplaisir at the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games.
photo by Carl Borack

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1996 Olympic Fencing Team Opening Ceremony

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Photo By Carl Borack

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Acel, Grace

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Grace Acel was 3 times the National Intercollegiate Womens Fencing Association Champion, was 2nd to Maxine Mitchell in the U.S. Nationals in 1954 and was a member of the U.S. Team for the Pan American Games in 1955. Her Coach was Giorgio Santelli

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Angelakis, Jana

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Jana won the Jr. Olympic Under 20 foil title 4 times (the first time when she was only 14), the U-19 National foil title 5 times, NCAA foil champion, won the Pan Am Games gold medal with the US foil team in 1983, US national foil champion 3 times, andwas a member of 2 Olympic teams (1980 & 1984).

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Bilodeaux, Caitlin

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Bradford, Vincent

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USFA national foil champion (1984); national epee champion (1982, '83,'84, '86).
NIWFA foil champion (1975,'77) for San Jose State. Assistant Director USFA Coaches College. Coach, Texas Fencing Academy.

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Cerra Tishman, Maria

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Cross, Emily

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Emily Cross - 3 World Champion titles, foil fencer at Harvard University.

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deBruin, Monique

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Monique deBruin (from Portland, Oregon) at the Pan Am Games in 1995.
photo by Carl Borack

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deTuscan, Joanna

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Joanna deTuscan is the first American woman ever to hold a World Foil title which she won in 1939 in London capturing the World Professional Foil title.

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Dow, Helena Mroczkowska

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(1917-1998) - AFLA national foil champion (1940, '43, '47, '48). Member, U.S. Olympic team (1948). Coach of Fairleigh Dickinson University (Rutherford) (1968-71). NIWFA foil champion for Hofstra (1939). 

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Fish, Mrs. Stuyvesant

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(1884 - 1971) - generous patron of fencing, advocate of women's fencing, member of first championship women's foil team.

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Gehrig, Adeline

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Adeline Gehrig won 4 consecutive foil titles

 

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Goodrich, Judy

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2-time Olympians Judy Goodrich and Byron Krieger, both Michigan legends, on the cover of Detroit News Magazine in 1956

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Hopper, Irma

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1924 National foil champion and Olympian, Irma Hopper.

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Jacobsen (D'Asaro), Gay

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Johnson, Stacey

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Jones, Julia

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King, Harriet

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A four-time national women's fencing champion, King was a member of the US Olympic team four times. She fenced at Hunter College from 1953 to 1957. She was also a member of the USA Pan-American team and editor of American Fencing Magazine. Elected to Hunter College Sports Hall of Fame and US Fencing Hall of Fame.

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Locke, Dorothy

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Dorothy Locke, born in Brooklyn in 1912, her father one day popped the question out of nowhere, "How'd you like to fence?"

 

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Marsh, Ann

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Mayer, Helene

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A rarely seen film of Helene Mayer fencing.

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Mitchell, Maxine

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Maxine Mitchell, 4 US Titles, 4th 1952 Helsinki Olympics, after a 4-way tie for 3rd.

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Monplaisir, Sharon

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Sharon Monplaisir, National Foil Champion and Olympian

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O'Connor, Denise

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A two-time Olympian, (1964, 1976), she fenced in five World Championships (1965, '66, '69, '70, '75), as well as the Pan American Games of 1975 (Bronze Medal). She was the winner of the 1971 Terre des Hommes in Montreal. For nearly two decades, she was a nationally ranked women's foilist (1959-1976). She captained the Salle Santelli Women's Foil Team to five national titles. She was also a 3-time chair of the New Jersey Division, coach of Brooklyn College for over a decade at Brooklyn College before becoming Assistant Director of Athletics.. In 1975 and '76, she was NIWFA College Coach of the Year.. Her students have become champions and successful coaches in their own right.

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O'Neill, Mary Jane

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Pechinsky, Sally

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Sally Pechinsky, Salle Santelli

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Romary, Janice York

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Janice York Romary - 10 US National foil fencing titles, and Olympian.

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Schoonmaker, Florence

 

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Smart, Erinn

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Erinn Smart became involved in fencing at the age of 11 after her parents read in the newspaper about the Peter Westbrook Foundation, an organization founded by a six-time U.S. Olympian to draw in minority and underprivileged children to fencing.

 

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Stewart, Mildred

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Mildred Langdon Stewart, who lived in West Hempstead, New York, attended Hunter College and was trained by Georgio Santelli at Salle Santelli.  She was a 2-time N.I.W.F.A. Foil champion (1936 & 1937) and made the 1940 U.S. Olympic Fencing team.  Due to World War II, the Olympic Games were cancelled. 

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Sullivan, Molly

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Sweeney, Paula

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Van Buskirk, Elizabeth

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Elizabeth Van Buskirk was the 1930 U.S. Women's foil champion representing the Fencers' Club

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Vince, Marion Lloyd

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(1909-1969) - AFLA national foil champion (1928, '31); medalist eight times. Member, U.S. Olympic team (1928, '32, '36). Finalist, Olympic foil individual (1932) - ninth place. She was the first American woman to attain the Olympic finals. The national Under-19 women's foil trophy is presented in her memory.

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White, Ruth

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Zimmermann, Felicia

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Zimmermann, Iris

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“I learned discipline from my own life experiences. I didn’t learn it from sport.” “My fencing has benefited from that discipline. It brings me to fencing practice everyday.”

 

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Women's Foil World Champions

Gold Medalists
1995, Iris Zimmermann, CWF
1997, Iris Zimmermann, CWF
2000, Iris Zimmermann, JWF
2003, Emily Cross, CWF
2005, Emily Cross, JWF
2006, Emily Cross, JWF

Silver Medalists
1997, Iris Zimmermann, JWF

Bronze Medalists
1972, Ruth White, JWF
1992, Felicia Zimmermann, CWF
1994, Monique de Bruin, JWF
1996, Iris Zimmermann, JWF
1999, Andrea Ament, CWE
1999, Iris Zimmermann, WF
2000, Iris Zimmermann, Erinn Smart, Andrea Ament, Emily Cross, JWFT
2001, Andrea Ament, JWF
2001, Ann Marsh, Felicia Zimmermann, Iris Zimmermann, Erinn Smart, WFT
2003, Emily Cross, Jacqueline Leahy, Hannah Thompson, M. Thompson, JWFT

Women's Foil Record Holders

10 Titles
Janice Lee York Romary: 1950, 1951, 1956, 1957, 1960, 1961, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1968
This record tops all men and women in United States foil history.

9 Titles
Helene Mayer: 1933 (out), 1934, 1935, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1941, 1942, 1946


4 Titles
Adeline Gehrig: 1920, 1921, 1922, 1923
Helena Mroczskowska Dow: 1940, 1943, 1947, 1948
Maxine Mitchell: 1952, 1954, 1955, 1958
Harriet King: 1963, 1967, 1970, 1971
Caitlin Bilodeaux: 1986, 1987, 1989, 1992
Felicia Zimmermann: 1993, 1996, 1999, 2000
Erinn Smart : 1998, 2007, 2004, 2007


3 Titles
Florence Schoonmaker: 1925, 1926, 1929
Jana Angelakis: 1979, 1981, 1982
Iris Zimmermann: 1997, 2001, 2003


2 Titles
Marion Lloyd Vince: 1928, 1931
Dorothy Locke: 1932, 1933
Ruth White: 1969, 1972
Gay Jacobsen D’Asaro: 1974, 1978
Nikki Tomlinson Franke: 1975, 1980
Ann Marsh: 1994, 1995


1 Title
Dr. Adelaide Baylis 1912
Mrs. Wm. H. Dewar 1913
Margaret Stimson 1914
Jessie Pyle 1915
Alice Voorhees 1916
Florence S. Walton 1917
|Irma Hopper 1924
Stephanie Stern 1927
Elizabeth Van Buskirk 1930
Joanna De Tuscan 1936
Madeline Dalton 1944
Maria Cerra 1945
Polly Craus 1949
Paula Sweeney 1953
Pilar Roldan 1959
E. Takeuchi 1962
Tatyana Pavlovna Adamovitch 1973
Ann O'Donnell 1976
Sheila Armstrong 1977
Debra Lynn Waples 1983
Vincent Hayden Bradford 1984
Molly Sullivan 1985
Sharon Mary Monplaisir 1988
Jennifer Yu 1990
Mary Jane O'Neill
Hanna Thompson 2005
Emily Cross 2006

*"out" refers to United States Outdoor
National Foil competitions, held twice
in AFLA/USFA history.
 

Women's Foil Olympians

Best Non-Medaling Olympic Performances

4th Place WF 1948
Maria Cerra (Tishman) (3-way tie for 2nd)

4th Place WF 1952
Janice Lee York (Romary)

4th Place WF 1956
Janice Lee York (Romary)

4th Place WFT 2000
Ann Marsh, Felicia Zimmermann, Iris Zimmermann

5th Place WF 1952
Maxine Mitchell

6th Place WFT 1984
Vincent Bradford, Jana Angelakis, Debra Waples, Sharon Monplaiser, Sue Badders

6th Place WFT 1988

7th Place WF 1996
Ann Marsh
8th Place WF 1932
Marion Lloyd (Vince)

US National Women's Foil Champions

1912-2007

1912 Dr. Adelaide Baylis
1913 Mrs. Wm. H. Dewar
1914 Margaret Stimson
1915 Jessie Pyle
1916 Alice Voorhees
1917 Florence S. Walton
1918 WAR- NO CONTEST
1919 NO CONTEST FOR WOMEN
1920 Adeline Gehrig
1921 Adeline Gehrig
1922 Adeline Gehrig
1923 Adeline Gehrig
1924 Irma Hopper
1925 Florence Schoonmaker
1926 Florence Schoonmaker
1927 Stephanie Stern
1928 Marion Lloyd
1929 Florence Schoonmaker
1930 Elizabeth Van Buskirk
1931 Marion Lloyd
1932 Dorothy Locke
1933 Dorothy Locke
1933 (Outdoor) Helene Mayer
1934 Helene Mayer
1935 Helene Mayer
1936 Joanna De Tuscan
1937 Helene Mayer
1938 Helene Mayer
1939 Helene Mayer
1940 Helena Mroczkowska Dow
1941 Helene Mayer
1942 Helene Mayer
1943 Helena Mroczkowska Dow
1944 Madeline Dalton
1945 Maria Cerra
1946 Helene Mayer
1947 Helena Mroczkowska Dow
1948 Helena Mroczkowska Dow
1949 Polly Craus
1950 Janice York (Romary)
1951 Janice York (Romary)
1952 Maxine Mitchell
1953 Paula Sweeney
1954 Maxine Mitchell
1955 Maxine Mitchell
1956 Janice York Romary
1957 Janice York Romary
1958 Maxine Mitchell
1959 Pilar Roldan
(Romary had a baby - did not compete)
1960 Janice York Romary
1961 Janice York Romary
1962 E. Takeuchi
1963 Harriet King
1964 Janice York Romary
1965 Janice York Romary
1966 Janice York Romary
1967 Harriet King
1968 Janice York Romary
1969 Ruth White
1970 Harriet King
1971 Harriet King
1972 Ruth White
1973 Tatyana Pavlovna Adamovitch
1974 Gay Jacobsen
1975 Nikki Tomlinson
1976 Ann O'Donnell
1977 Sheila Armstrong
1978 Gay Jacobsen D'Asaro
1979 Jana Angelakis
1980 Nikki Tomlinson Franke
1981 Jana Angelakis
1982 Jana Angelakis
1983 Debra Lynn Waples
1984 Vincent Hayden Bradford
1985 Molly Sullivan
1986 Caitlin Kelly Bilodeaux
1987 Caitlin Kelly Bilodeaux
1988 Sharon Mary Monplaisir
1989 Caitlin Kelly Bilodeaux
1990 Jennifer Yu
1991 Mary Jane O'Neill
1992 Caitlin Kelly Bilodeaux
1993 Felicia Zimmermann
1994 Ann Marsh
1995 Ann Marsh
1996 Felicia Zimmermann
1997 Iris Zimmermann
1998 Erinn Smart
1999 Felicia Zimmermann
2000 Felicia Zimmermann
2001 Iris Zimmermann
2002 Erinn Smart
2003 Iris Zimmermann
2004 Erinn Smart
2005 Hanna Thompson
2006 Emily Cross
2007 Erinn Smart

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