Trevor Herrin won the mixed seniors epee event to earn an E rating.
All-American Fencing Academy has added another nationally rated fencer to its rosters.
Trevor Herrin, an Army Specialist, earned the E rating after winning mixed seniors epee division at the AAFA’s Thunderbolt and Lightning Open on March 24-25.
Herrin entered bracket play as the No. 4 seed after finishing pool play. He then knocked out the fifth, first and third seeds to take the win.
Fencers can earn ratings by competing in sanctioned U.S Fencing events over time.
He follows fellow AAFA fencers Melea Stoltenberg and Victor Gomez in earning the E rating. Both Stoltenberg and Gomez earned their rating during the 2017 season.
The Thunderbolt and Lightning Open is the AAFA’s third U.S. Fencing-sanctioned club tournament this season. The AAFA’s 2018 series is named for lyrics in Queen’s operatic 1975 hit song “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
The Very Frightening Open and Galileo Open remain on the season, scheduled for May 19-20 and June 2-3, respectively.
The second day of the Thunderbolt and Lightning belonged to the youth divisions.
AAFA fencer Jack Tart finished first in the mixed 12-and-under foil event, earning the No. 2 seed out of the lower pool in the 10-fencer field.
Tart went on to beat opponents from Apex and Charlotte before topping Charlotte’s Ilia Tikhonov 15-7 in the final for the gold medal.
The smaller youth event, the mixed 10-and-under foil, was comprised entirely of AAFA students.
Jackson Woodward won the field, capping the day with a 10-8 win over Daniel Decipulo, who handed Woodward his lone pool-play loss, in the final.
Apex fencers Connor Long and Asa Beale finished first and second in the senior men’s foil division.
AAFA fencer Gabriel Guevarra finished third.
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