Navy Grad Wins Veteran National Fencing Championship
COLUMBUS, OHIO – Dick Richards from the Class of 1978 (35th Company), won the 2013 National Fencing Championships in the Vet 50 Men’s Epee Event.
Richards, from Burtonsville, MD, won the title with a 7-6 victory over Mark Segal of San Diego, in sudden death overtime. Richards went undefeated the entire day, through the seeding rounds and the direct eliminations leading up to the finals. He is now the first alternate for the 2013 Veteran World Championships in Varna, Bulgaria, in October.
Richards learned how to fence sabre his Plebe year under Navy’s Head Coach Andy Deladrier and Assistant Coach Steven Bujnovsky. Since then, he’s been on several sabre and epee national teams in both the open and veteran categories. He now trains at DC Fencers Club (DCFC) in Silver Spring, MD, which has a national and international reputation as one of the best fencing clubs in the United States, and offers occasional coaching to the USNA men’s and women’s fencing teams.
2013 U.S. National Fencing Championships Awards for Veteran 50 Men’s Epee: (from l. to r.) Mark Segal (Silver), Dick Richards (Gold), Frank Van Dyke (Bronze) and Tim Glass (Bronze).