Foil

Lang, Marty MARTYLANG2.jpg

1975 Pan American Foil Champion

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Levis, Joe JOE-LEVISandCARY-GRANT2.jpg

8 National foil titles, Olympic silver medalist and team bronze 1932. National three-weapon champion 1929, Vice President of the USFA.

Click to see Andy Shaw’s speech about Joe Levis!

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Lewison, Peter

Hall of Famer, US Saber National champion and US Team captain Jack Keane advising US foil Olympian Peter Lewison at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games. (Photo by Robert Millard)

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Locke, Dorothy Dorothy_Locke_banner.jpg

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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Junior Olympic Champion, US Olympic team member.

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Marsh, Ann Ann_Marsh_banner.jpg

2 US titles. Ann Marsh made a legendary comeback against the German foil team.

VIDEO:  Ann Marsh interviewed by Andy Shaw at Summer Nationals 2011

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Marx, Michael Michael Marx

5-time Olympic team member, 8 national foil titles
VIDEO: Michael Marx interviewed by Andy Shaw at the 2010 Junior Olympics in Memphis, TN
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Massialas, Greg

Olympian, US Foil Champion, 3-time World Championship team member

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Mayer, Helene Helene_Mayer_banner.jpg

9 US titles, 1928 Olympic Gold Medalist, 2-time World Champion

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McClain, Sean 1995PANAM2.jpg

Sean McClain (center) pictured with the 1995 Pan Am men’s foil team.  Sean was 2-time U.S. champion (foil & epee), 4-time Jr. Olympic champion (foil & epee), and Empire United fencing coach in New York City

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Meinhardt, Gerek Meinhardt_Gerek-th.jpg

Ranked first in the nation in five age groups, Ranked second in the world U20, Youngest men’s foil national champion in US history.

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Men’s Foil Olympians

Olympic Men’s Individual Foil

1904 Albertson Van Zo Post, Silver
1904 Charles Tatham, Bronze
1932 Joseph Levis, Silver
1960 Albert Axelrod, Bronze

Olympic Men’s Team Foil

1904 Albertson Van Zo Post, Gold w/ Cuban Team
1904 Charles Tatham, Silver
1904 Fitzhugh Townsend, Silver
1904 Arthur Fox, Silver

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Men’s Foil World Champions

Men’s Foil World Champions

Bronze Medalists

1997, Cliff Bayer, JMF
2002, Brendan Meyers, CMF
2004, Brendan Meyers, JMF
2007, Enzo Castellani, CMF

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Meyers, Smith, and Cross

Brendan Meyers, Dwight Smith, Emily Cross; Fencers Club, New York.

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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 Sharon_Monplaisir_banner.jpg

Sharon Monplaisir, National Foil Champion and Olympian

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Nonomura, George

“Fencing has been my life,” Nonomura said. He started fencing when he was 5 years old from a fencing family. He competed internationally for eight years and was part of the 1988 U.S. Olympic Men’s Foil Team in Seoul, S. Korea.

Video: George Nonomura interviewed by Andy Shaw

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O’Connor, Denise Denise_OConnorBanner.jpg

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.

VIDEO: Denise O’Connor interviewed by Andy Shaw 2012

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O’Neill, Mary Jane

Mary Jane O’Neill became the first Penn woman fencer to represent the United States in the Olympic Games, competing in 1988 at Seoul and again in 1992 at Barcelona.

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Pechinsky, Sally SallyPechinsky_Banner.jpg

Sally Pechinsky, Salle Santelli competed in the 1968 Olympic Games

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Prokop, Austin

Austin “Gus” Prokop became a member of the 1948 US Olympic fencing team for the London Games

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Richards, Ed – Memorial

A celebration of the life of Ed Richards
Part1, Part 2, and Part 2
Including two video interviews with Ed Richards and Andy Shaw July 2010

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Romary, Janice York Janice_Romary_banner.jpg

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

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Schoenfeld, Otto

Otto Schoenfeld was the first American known to have fenced in the Olympics* at the Paris games in 1900.  He competed in the Master’s Sabre Event.

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Schoonmaker, Florence

US Foil Champion in 1925, 1926, and 1929, representing the Fencers’ Club.

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Tyrone Simmons, 1972 Foil Champion NCAA

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Smart, Erinn Erinn_Smart_banner.jpg

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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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

1985 National Women’s Foil Champion, 1985 National U-19 Champion, 2-time Olympian, 2-time NCAA Champion

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Sweeney, Paula

1953 US Foil Champion, coached by Bela deTuscan.

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US National Men’s Foil Champions

US National Men’s Foil Champions

1888-2007

1888 William Thornton Lawson
1889 Bernard Francis O’Connor
1890 Samuel T. Shaw
1891 Graeme Monroe Hammond
1892 William Scott O’Connor
1893 William T. Heintz
1894 Charles George Bothner
1895 Albertson Van Zo Post
1896 Georges Kavanagh

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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

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Van Buskirk, Elizabeth Elizabeth_VanBuskirk_banner.jpg

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

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Vince, Marion Lloyd Marion_Lloyd_Vince_baner.jpg

(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

AFLA Women’s Foil Champion [1969, ’71]; AFLA U-19 Women’s Foil Champion (1968, ’70). The first African-American to win a US fencing championship, she won her first senior national championship in 1969 while still in high school in. NIWFA Champion in (1970, ’71).

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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

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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

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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

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Zimmermann, Felicia Felicia_Zimmermann_banner.jpg

4 US titles.  The first woman to win both the foil (1998) and epee (1999) at the NCAA championships.

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Zimmermann, Iris Iris_Zimmermann_banner.jpg

“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.”

VIDEO: Iris Zimmermann interviewed by Andy Shaw

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