The first North American Cup of the season will be in Kansas City, Missouri. The competition will feature the Nation’s best fencers as they compete for Olympic Qualification points. Here is an analysis of the top athletes competing in each event.
In Men’s Saber the top Athletes will be Daryl Homer, Tim Morehouse, James Williams, and Ben Igoe. All four are members of the United States Senior National Team, and all have enough experience to garner a gold at the event. The winner will come down to a combination of luck, experience, confidence, and courage.
In Women’s Saber the top competitors include St. John’s own Anna Limbach, alumni Dora Varga. They will be joined by Ibtihaj Muhammad, and Daria Schnieder who also have enough experience and skill to challenge them for the podium. I am picking one of the St. John’s girls for gold, because I know how competitive and skilled they are in these competitions.
In Men’s Epee we have a few St. John’s athletes competing. Most notably we have Nick Vomero and alumn Benjamin Bratton. While a finish on the podium is a bit of a stretch for Vomero, it is totally possible for Ben Bratton. Bratton is a multiple time Senior National Team member, and his tenacity and competitiveness make him a home town favorite. I wish both of our athletes the best of luck.
In women’s epee, and women’s foil St. John’s has no real medal hopes since. Our athletes are foreign and neither will be attending the North American Cup. However in Men’s foil we have quite a few athletes who are going to be in Kansas. Most Notably Max Blitzer, and Eli Schenkel who both finished undefeated at the Brandeis invitational! We wish all of the St. John’s and National Team Athletes the best of luck at their endeavors at this competition!