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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.”
Also at the North America Cup, Hill took 13th out of 36 competitors in the Vets Epee and was 28th out of 45 contestants in Division II Open Epee.