MAY 2014—Five local fencers competed in late April in regional qualifiers to win spots in the USA Fencing National Championships, to be held June 22 to July 3 in Columbus, Ohio. All five fencers train at the Bucks County Academy of Fencing (BCAF) in Lambertville. A sixth fencer, Jacob Sjostedt, a sixth-grade student at Bridge Valley Elementary School in Furlong, previously qualified for the Fencing National Championships.
Kevin Orcutt, of Langhorne, won gold at a fencing qualifier at Temple University on April 27, earning a spot in the Men’s Foil competition. At the same event, Isabella Zuzulo and Piper Jones, both freshmen at Council Rock North High School, earned first and third places, respectively, in Women’s Foil.
Meanwhile, at a fencing qualifier for the New Jersey Division, Christopher Kiel, an eighth grader from Whitehouse Station, placed third in Men’s Foil out of 56 entries, and Mallory Merk, of Titusville, came in second in Women’s Epee.
Maestro Mark Holbrow, fencing instructor and owner of BCAF, commented, “We sent five fencers on the same day to Nationals Qualifiers in two different divisions, and came back with two gold, one silver and two third place bronze medals. What more could I possibly ask of my fencers?!”
Isabella, Piper, Christopher, Mallory, and Jacob are members of the Elite Training Group at BCAF and spend several hours each week in bouts, drills, physical conditioning exercises, and one-on-one instruction, in addition to regular fencing courses.
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