In the largest Fencing Division of the weekend, the Senior Men’s Epee, 17 year old Daniel Meija-Ruiz, of Plantation and the Master’s Fencing Academy, rose to the top of the 38-person division to take the gold medal.
Meija-Ruiz defeated James Harrington, a physics professor at the University of Central Florida, in the championship match. Harrington is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology whose current research interests include planetary and exoplanetary atmospheres, cometary impacts into atmospheres, astronomical data analysis methodology, infrared observing techniques.
Marcello Olivares, a 16-year old Fencer from Cooper City, advanced out of a field of 31 to win the Men’s Foil event. Olivares, who won the Men’s Foil gold medal in 2015, defeated Rafael Suarez, of the Masters Fencing Academy, in the final match. Suarez won the division in 2014 and won a bronze medal in the 2016 event at the Sunshine State Games.
Olivia Varughese, a Delray Beach Fencer and member of the Masters Fencing Academy, won the Women’s Foil event defeating Lillia Norman of the Stoccata Fencing Club, for the gold medal. Varughese finished 9th in the 2016 Women’s Foil competition.Results