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2018 National Championships & April NAC

2018 Men’s Foil National Champion Nick Itkin (center) holds the John Allaire Trophy, flanked by silver medalist Adam Mathieu (left) and bronze medalist Sam Moelis.

Just two weeks after winning the Junior World Championships in Verona, Italy, and less than a month after clenching the NCAA Championship title at Penn State, SoCal Foilist Nick Itkin of LAIFC (and the University of Notre Dame) has just landed the National Championship title—for the second year in a row! Coming out of pools with 25 indicator points, he went on to outscore every opponent in the second round by a margin of nearly 2 to 1. The coach’s medal was presented to Nick’s proud father, Misha Itkin.

In other Championship (i.e., Div I) events, SoCal fencers walked away with two silver medals: Kasia Nixon (LAIFC / Princeton) in Women’s Epee, and Stephen Ewart (Swords / Notre Dame) in Men’s Epee.

In the NAC events, 13 medals went to fencers from the Southern California Division, including 1 gold, 3 silver, and 2 bronze.

The 2018 National Championship and April NAC took place in Richmond, Virginia, from April 20 to 23.

SoCal medalists are listed below. For full results, see here.

SoCal Medalists - Men

Div I Men's Foil1Nick ItkinLAIFC / Notre Dame
Div I Men's Epee2Stephen EwartSwords / Notre Dame
Div II Men's Epee7Hugh MilamLAIFC
Veteran Men's Epee7Mark NixonLAIFC
Vet-50 Men's Epee5Mark NixonLAIFC
Vet-50 Men's Epee7Carl LoefflerLAIFC
Vet-60 Men's Epee2Daryl TaylorFortune
Div II Men's Saber2Oliver CopelandAGFC
Div III Men's Saber3Matthew LimbAGFC

SoCal Medalists - Women

Vet-70 Women's Foil1Patricia BedrosianCouturier
Div I Women's Epee2Kasia NixonLAIFC / Princeton
Vet-40 Women's Epee6Michele ChimientiNo Fear / Swords
Vet-70 Women's Epee5Patricia BedrosianCouturier
Div II Women's Saber8Andrea ShinAGFC
Div III Women's Saber3Olivia ChiangAGFC
Vet-70 Women's Saber2Anna Mannino

Division 1 Men’s Foil National Championships. 1st Place: Nick Itkin (LAIFC / Notre Dame), 2nd Place: Adam Mathieu (Metro NYC), 3rd Place (tie): Sam Moelis (Long Island) and Raymond Chen (North Texas, not pictured). Presenter Gary Lu of Absolute Fencing Gear stands on the far left, next to Nick’s father Misha Itkin (LAIFC), who received the coach’s medal.

The John Allaire Memorial Trophy has been presented to every Men’s Foil National Champion since 1940.

The names of past Men’s Foil National Champions engraved on the John Allaire Memorial Trophy.

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