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.