Illinois Fencers Club off to strong start

  • Aarthi Mallavarpu after her third place Junior Women's Epee win at Northwestern University.

    Aarthi Mallavarpu after her third place Junior Women's Epee win at Northwestern University. Courtesy of Illinois Fencers Club

Amanda Rummel
Updated 10/17/2019 8:02 AM

The 2019-2020 fencing season is underway and the fencers from Illinois Fencers Club in Mount Prospect are off to a wonderful start. In the past few weeks, IFC fencers have won 16 medals while participating in 3 regional tournaments.

Over the weekend of Sept. 14-15, Andrew Nesterov of St Charles won the silver medal in Y14 men's epee and finished in the top 8 of Junior Men's Epee along with fellow fencer Matthew Oh of Glenview. Nadia Raza of Hoffman Estates finished top 8 in Y14 women's epee and won the silver medal in Women's Junior Epee. Nadia also earned her USFA D'19 rating with the silver medal.


Over the weekend of Sept. 27-29, Aarthi Mallavarpu of Lombard won the gold medal in Y14 women's epee. Selina Ye of Glenview also finished top 8 in the same event. Aarthi additionally finished in 5th place in the Cadet Women's Epee. Kaitlyn Oh of Glenview won the bronze in Cadet Women's Epee and renewed her USFA D'19 rating. Saanvi Mallavarpu of Lombard finished top 8 in Y12 women's epee while David Lender of Arlington Heights finished top 8 in Junior Men's Epee.

Northwestern University hosted the Remenyik tournament on October 12-13. Aarthi Mallavarpu continued to excel, winning a bronze medal in Junior Women's Epee and finishing 7th in Cadet Women's Epee. Aarthi earned her USFA C'19 rating with her performance. Jakub Nowak, a senior at Laurence University, won Div IA Men's epee with fellow fencers Maciek Zmyslowski and David Lender also finishing among the top 8.

Illinois Fencers Club promotes and teaches the Olympic sport of fencing to students of all skill levels and provides a friendly atmosphere for members to practice. The youth program provides athlete centered instruction that teaches self-discipline and sportsmanship while fostering athletic, academic and personal success in its participants. Illinois Fencers Club is open to the public on Monday and Thursday evenings in the lower level of Lions Recreation Center at 411 S. Maple Street, Mount Prospect, Illinois, only three blocks from the Metra Station. Information about the club is found at

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