Friday, April 25, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Local fencers make US team

Chaz & Ted Smith National Team 2013

BULGARIA BOUND — Chaz and Ted Smith will represent US on the 2013 Veterans World Championship Team this October in Bulgaria. Courtesy photo

DIAMOND SPRINGS — Chaz Smith and Ted Smith of the Hangtown Saber Club in Diamond Springs were named by USA Fencing to the 2013 Veterans World Championship Team representing the US in Bulgaria this coming October.

Both fencers recently returned from competing at the US National Championships in Columbus, OH, where Chaz won the silver in Veteran-50 women’s saber and Ted the bronze in Veteran-60 men’s saber.

The US Nationals is one of three qualifying events (best two results) to be named to the US national team. Chaz qualified based on her silver-medal winning performance at the December NAC followed by winning the gold at the March NAC. For her, Nationals was an important preparation for her second Worlds (she was the 2012 Veteran Worlds silver medalist in Krems, Austria) as well as an opportunity to repeat as national champion.

As the top-ranked fencer in her age group nationally, Chaz was the No.1 seed in the Veteran-50 event.

“I kind of breezed through my pool — I only had two touches scored against me — and I think it actually worked against me,” Chaz said. “I came out for the direct elimination portion of the tournament without the proper mental focus. I won the matches I needed to win but they were way closer than they should have been.”

While Chaz made her second consecutive national championship final, this time she fell short and settled for the silver, losing 10-5 to Lydia Mazarol of southern California. She and Mazarol will share the number 1 seeding on the American team going to Veteran Worlds.

With a bronze medal from the Veteran-60 event at the March NAC, Ted had to finish no lower than third at Nationals to make the national team for the third time. (Ted competed at the Veteran World Championships in Limoge, France in 2008 and Porec, Croatia in 2011.)

After fencing strongly in his pool and a comfortable first round victory, he avenged his only loss in the pool by defeating Keith Baker 10-6 in the quarterfinals. He headed into his semi-final with confidence.

“My semi-final bout was against someone I’d beaten in my pool, and I had a game plan I felt would work,” Ted said. His opponent, David Seuss, has an unorthodox style that caused Ted problems, and Seuss squeaked out the 10-9 win. (Seuss went on to take the gold.)

“I was disappointed that I let a winnable bout get away from me, but satisfied at least that I had made the team by finishing third. Then, I heard the announcement,” Ted said.

Over the  PA system, he learned that he was one of two Veteran-60 fencers with two third place finishes over the course of the season. They would have to fence off for the fourth and final slot on the national team.

“Ted had already taken off his gear and was packing up his things when he learned he had to fence another bout,” Chaz said. “He had to make a pretty big mental adjustment to prepare for the fence off.”

Ted fenced a strategically smart bout, using shifts in tempo to throw off his opponent, and this time was on the winning side of a 10-9 final score.

“It felt great to end the championships on a winning note,” Ted said.

Special to the Democrat

LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | No comments

.

News

Heard over the back fence: Advice offered writers

By Bob Billingsley | From Page: B1

 
Big marijuana find in EDH

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A1, 1 Comment | Gallery

Jury: Sanford guilty of murder

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A1, 2 Comments | Gallery

 
Initiative seeks roundabout vote

By Wendy Schultz | From Page: A1, 2 Comments

 
Sheriff cracking down on Tahoe pot grows

By Tahoe Tribune | From Page: A3

 
Burn permits required May 1

By Cal Fire | From Page: A7

County backs task force to reduce human trafficking

By Chris Daley | From Page: A13

 
5 years prison for child porn

By News Release | From Page: A14

A victim tells her story

By Chris Daley | From Page: A14

 
.

Opinion

 
Income inequality

By Mountain Democrat | From Page: A4, 2 Comments

Billingsley’s Bullets: Marriage makes me laugh

By Bob Billingsley | From Page: A4

 
.

Letters

What happened to ‘fair and balanced?’

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 14 Comments

 
Red tape

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

Is Ukraine in Asia, Europe or Latin America?

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 20 Comments

 
Vote for Parlin

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 1 Comment

County and ‘Miwoks’ getting together

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 1 Comment

 
Ray Nutting’s donation for DA

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 7 Comments

.

Sports

 
Brown leads Golden Sierra

By Rebecca Reddish | From Page: A9

Cougars 1, Grizzlies 1

By Jerry Heinzer | From Page: A9

 
Cougars capitalize against Union Mine

By Jerry Heinzer | From Page: A9 | Gallery

Troy unpends Davis

By Brandon Anicich | From Page: A9 | Gallery

 
El Dorado wins tri-meet

By Mike Bush | From Page: A9 | Gallery

D’backs drop the ‘Hammer’

By Mike Bush | From Page: A9

 
El Dorado spikers blank D’backs

By Mike Bush | From Page: A10

Roundup: April 23, 2014

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A10

 
On tap

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A10

.

Prospecting

Amazing production brings the curtain down for Pete Miller

By Pat Lakey | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Things to do: April 25, 2014

By Democrat Calendar | From Page: B2

Cool Beerwerks is very cool

By Krysten Kellum | From Page: B2 | Gallery

 
Placerville celebrates Earth Day

By News Release | From Page: B3

Handcar Derby to get pumping

By Folsom Handcar Derby | From Page: B3

 
IT presents a Reader’s Theater of ‘Our Town’

By Imagination Theater | From Page: B4 | Gallery

Enjoy spring with Steiner Road wineries

By Steiner Road Wineries | From Page: B4

 
Art and brew are a perfect pair

By News Release | From Page: B5

Spring cleaning is good

Press Release | From Page: B5, 1 Comment

 
Pinewood Derby rolls at Kniesel’s

Press Release | From Page: B6

The Sacramento Music Festival celebrates world-class music

By Sacramento Music Festival | From Page: B12

 
Oak Ridge Boys come to TJ’s Corral

By Carson Valley Inn | From Page: B13

Folsom hosts Spring Antique Fair

By Folsom Historic District Association | From Page: B13

 
Viviana Guzman performs at Petroglyphe Gallery

By Petroglyphe Gallery | From Page: B13

Pioneer Jews of the Gold rush

By Folsom History | From Page: B14, 1 Comment

 
Time to join the El Dorado Community Concert Association

By El Dorado Community Concert Association | From Page: B14

.

Essentials

.

Obituaries

Frances Estelle Gilluly Fraulob

By Contributor | From Page: A2

 
Dorothy L. Irvin

By Contributor | From Page: A2

Jeanine Rae Henderson-Hodges

By Contributor | From Page: A2

 
Thomas David Ewing

By Contributor | From Page: A2

John Lawrence Olson

By Contributor | From Page: A2

 
Jack O’Camb

By Contributor | From Page: A2

Wesley M. Nyquist

By Contributor | From Page: A2

 
.

Real Estate

Spring statistics suggest slower sales

By Ken Calhoon | From Page: HS4

 
Time to spring outdoors and fix them up

By Marni Jameson | From Page: HS7

Nation’s existing home sales remain soft

Press Release | From Page: HS20

 
.

Comics

Working It Out

By Contributor | From Page: A11

 
Sudoku

By Contributor | From Page: A11

TV Listings

By Contributor | From Page: A11

 
Speed Bump

By Contributor | From Page: A11

Tundra

By Contributor | From Page: A11

 
Shoe

By Contributor | From Page: A11

Rubes

By Contributor | From Page: A11

 
Horoscope, Friday, April 25, 2014

By Contributor | From Page: A12

New York Times Crossword

By Contributor | From Page: A12

 
Horoscope, Sunday, April 27, 2014

By Contributor | From Page: A12

Horoscope, Saturday, April 26, 2104

By Contributor | From Page: A12

 
.

Home Source

Spring statistics suggest slower sales

By Ken Calhoon | From Page: HS4

Time to spring outdoors and fix them up

By Marni Jameson | From Page: HS7

Nation’s existing home sales remain soft

Press Release | From Page: HS20