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PRESS RELEASE: Michaela Joyce (15) wins Silver at the USA Fencing Division 1 Nationals


DATE: 04/15/2019

Sterling fencer Michaela Joyce (15) takes home the Silver Medal from the Division 1 National Championships held in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Michaela Joyce kicks off her 2019-2020 USA Fencing season with an amazing result at the elite National competition held every year among athletes of High School age and older. The field includes Olympians, World Champions and top NCAA fencers. After securing a 5th place seeding out of the preliminary round with six out of six possible victories, Joyce went on to fence Isis Washington of New York, New York on the Finals Stage at the Salt Lake City Convention Center.

"I had to push myself to stay focused on my actions and keep a clear mind. It was all worth it to look at my father's face of excitement after winning the quarter final bout by one touche." - Said Joyce after the medal ceremony.

Michaela trains at the Cardinal Fencing Academy in Sterling, VA.

"This result proves that if you have the desire, family support and stick to the program, you can achieve anything ahead of schedule." - said Lobanenkov, head coach and founder of Cardinal Fencing Academy.

Epee fencing is an Olympic and NCAA combat sport where the athlete's actions are registered on an electronic scoring machine. Epee is a point weapon, where the goals is to hit first anywhere on the body.

Fencing is growing in popularity in the USA as the sport offers a wide range opportunities to join a college team.


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