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Los Alamos Fencing Club coach Tom Hill took 16th out of 70 Epee entrants at a national event last month.
Hill competed in the United States Fencing Association’s North America Cup event that was held in Kansas City, Mo. The four-day event attracted more than 1,000 top fencers throughout the country.
In the Combined Vets Epee division, age 40 and above, Hill got off to a rocky start. In pool play, he won just one of seven contests.
He picked up his performance in the direct elimination rounds, however, including pulling off a big upset over top-seeded Sean Ameli in the second round. Hill upended Ameli, one of the nation’s top-ranked Epeeists, by a score of 10-4 to advance.
Hill would go on to win three straight direct elimination contests, including the upset of Ameli, before getting nipped in a la belle bout, 10-9.
The finish at the North America Cup earned Hill a ‘B’ ranking – fencers are graded on a scale of A-E. Hill said he’s not finished yet.
“My fencing goal this year is to return to the top 10 in the nation and hopefully a spot on the U.S. team to the Veterans World Cup,” he said. “(The North America Cup’s) strong performance is a good first step down this path.”
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