Bristol fencers are Junior Olympic hopefuls
Two fencers from Bristol competed for spots at the upcoming USA Junior Olympic Fencing Championships at a qualifying event sponsored by Boston Fencing Club in Waltham, Mass. during the weekend of November 17-18, 2012.
Tim Piacentini scored first place gold medal in men’s saber event, and teammate, Max Hampton took second place silver for in men's epee. Both competitors and their team train at the Rhode Island Fencing Academy in East Providence under the coaching guidance of club owner and head instructor, Alex Ripa, and coach Jeff Mooney.
The Junior Olympics is an elite event showcasing the nation’s most talented and most accomplished fencers in two age groups—under 17 years old and under 20 years old. All participants must gain entry to the tournament by achieving high-placed finishes at local qualifying competitions. The Boston qualifier targeted the under-age group only.
Both coaches and team members will continue to work towards a successful competition at the Junior Olympics in February.