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Fencers Club takes men's saber team competition

4/26/2004

ATLANTA -- Fencers Club knocked off the Peter Westbrook
Foundation 45-42 in the final of the men's saber team competition
Monday at the U.S. Fencing National Championships.

The two New York clubs share the same space in Manhattan and
often practice together. However, it was the first time since 2000
that the Westbrook Foundation lost the team saber title.

Tim Morehouse, who earlier in the day was announced as a
replacement member for the men's saber Olympic team, mounted a
furious rally against Ahmed Yilla to give Fencers Club a 25-22
lead.

Despite the presence of 2004 Olympians Keeth Smart and Ivan Lee
on the Westbrook squad, Fencers Club held on for the win at the
Georgia World Congress Center.

The Rochester (N.Y.) Fencing Center won the women's foil team
competition, while the New York Athletic Club won the men's epee
title in the last event of the championships.

At a morning news conference, the full roster and replacement
athletes for the U.S. Olympic team were announced.

All three U.S. men's teams (epee, foil, and saber) qualified for
the Olympics as the top sides in the Americas region at the end of
the qualifying period last month. The women's epee squad didn't
qualify for Athens, finishing behind Canada in the world rankings.
There is no team competition for women's saber or epee at this
year's Olympics.

Smart and Lee, both from New York, will be joined by Jason
Rogers of Los Angeles on the saber team. Morehouse, also of New
York, will serve as the replacement athlete for the squad.

Replacement athletes cannot compete in the individual competition
but can be used as substitutes in team play.

Cody Mattern of Portland, Ore., Soren Thompson of San Diego, and
Seth Kelsey of Colorado Springs, Colo., will compete on the men's
epee team. Jan Viviani of Haworth, N.J. is the epee replacement
athlete.

Dan Kellner, of Warren, N.J., Jed Dupree of Bethlehem, Pa., and
Jon Tiomkin of Hewlett, N.Y., make up the men's foil side. Greg
Chang of Lexington, Mass., used a strong fourth-place finish in
Friday's individual competition to move up in the national rankings
and earn the replacement athlete position.

Qualifiers for the U.S. women were determined at the end of
March. Erinn Smart, the sister of Keeth, will be the lone American
woman in foil. Sisters Sada and Emily Jacobson of Dunwoody, Ga.,
will compete in saber while Kamara James of New York will compete
in epee.