The Men’s Fencing Team is a competitive travelling club team, and the non-varsity counterpart to the women’s varsity fencing team at Cornell.
The women’s coach, Iryna Dolgikh, integrates us into practice and is there to provide guidance and help to the men’s team at all times. Coach Iryna was the women’s foilist World Champion in 1976, member of the USSR
Junior National Team in the mid 1970s, and a gold medalist in the 1977 World Cup. The men also work with Assistant Coach, Oleg Brusilovsky, who is a former Soviet Union National Champion and a five-time Ukraininan National Champion, competing in foil in the 1980’s. Before coming to Cornell, he coached at the Fencing Academy of Westchester.
The Men’s team is fortunate to be advised by Professor Alex Colvin, who helps facilitate our Monday practices from 8-10 pm.
We are fortunate to be able to practice in a new, state of the art facility, the Andrew P. Stifel Fencing Salle. It was donated by former Men’s Foil Captain Andrew P. Stifel ‘91 and former Women’s fencer Nina Farouk ‘97.
The Men’s Team has a full schedule of individual and team meets. The Fall schedule includes two open tournaments, the Temple Open and the Garrett Open at Penn State. In addition, we customarily fence our first regular season MACFA meet in the Fall Semester, as well as any other invitationals that are scheduled. In the Spring, we fence the remaining MACFA meets, the MACFA championship event, and the USACFC Club Championships (a tournament of club programs from across the country). Club members also commonly attend USFA events including NACs, Junior Olympics and other local and regional events.
The men’s team is open to any member of the Cornell community. However, in recent years the travelling team has become more competitive, and thus some degree of previous fencing experience is encouraged, although not always required. For those fencers who are looking for a more relaxed, educational fencing experience, there is a separate group on campus, the Recreational Fencing Club who welcome fencers of all experience levels. Undergraduates are invited to practice daily from 5-7pm in the Andrew Stifel Fencing Salle in Bartels Hall. We are open to spread our knowledge of the sport to all of those interested. Please contact the captain, Zach Silversmith
) for any questions or details.