The New York Athletic Club fencing program has a long and proud history of success at the highest levels.

Since its inception, the fencing program has produced world champions, Olympic medalists, national champions, NCAA champions, Pan American champions, Maccibia Games champions, junior world champions and Junior Olympic champions.

The NYAC fencing team had five Olympians in 1996, two in 2000, three in 2004, two in 2008, six in 2012 and five in 2016. NYAC members Kelley Hurley, Courtney Hurley and Maya Lawrence won bronze medals in women's epée at the London Games of 2012.

Fencing Accordion

Fencing Accordion

Team Schedule

The fencing team practices each week, Monday through Friday, from 6pm to 9pm, on Saturdays from 12pm to 4pm and on Sundays from 10am to 3pm.

College students: You can fence in the New York Athletic Club's excellent facilities every day. For details, contact Michael Aufrichtig at [email protected].



  • Jansson Viviani
  • Soren Thompson
  • Ben Igoe
  • Alex Tsinis
  • Jeff Spear
  • Clifford Fishler
  • Edward Sherrill
  • Kai-Moritz Keller
  • Jonathan Yergler
  • James Kaull
  • Daniel Bak
  • Jake Hoyle
  • Ryan Griffiths
  • Cedric Mecke
  • Dylan Nollner
  • Seth Kelsey
  • Adam Watson
  • James Moody
  • Jason Pryor


  • Lindsay Campbell
  • Danielle Henderson
  • Lydia Kopecky
  • Margaret Lu
  • Greta Candreva
  • Ariana Mangano
  • Nicole Ross
  • Kat Holmes
  • Katarzyna Trzopek
  • Courtney Hurley
  • Kelley Hurley
  • Maya Lawrence

Program Highlights

July 2015

In June it was announced by USA Fencing that Seth Kelsey, NYAC member and American fencing icon, is one of six candidates for election into the USA Fencing Hall of Fame. The inductions will take place at a special ceremony in 2016.
As a cadet at the US Air Force Academy, Kelsey was a standout student-athlete. He received the Athletic-Achievement Award, earned his bachelor's degree in behavioral science and was the 2003 NCAA champion in men's epee.
At the 2010 Senior World Championships, he led the US men's epee team to a silver medal. This was the first medal ever won by a US men's team at the World Championships; but, it wouldn't be their last. In 2012, Team USA moved one step up the ladder, taking an unprecedented gold medal. Remarkably, the victory came against the six time and reigning senior world champions, France.
Along with a stellar record at the World Championships, Kelsey is a three-time Olympian, having competed in Athens in 2004, Beijing in 2008 and London in 2012. His best performance came in London where, after a first round victory, the 17th seeded Kelsey knocked off top seed Nikolai Novosjolov of Estonia in a shocking second round upset. Kelsey lost in the bronze medal match, but his fourth place finish was the highest ever by a US men's epee fencer.
"I am honored to be among the candidates for the USA Fencing Hall of Fame," Kelsey stated. "It would not have been possible without the many passionate coaches and dedicated teammates I have had over the years. I am most proud that I got to share the 2012 team world championships with Soren Thompson, Cody Mattern, Ben Bratton and our coach Sebastien Dos Santos."
Since retiring from competition, Kelsey has taken up a role in fencing's governing body. He is now the Director of Sports Performance and Development for USA Fencing. Additionally, after getting his education at the Air Force Academy, Kelsey is a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force Reserves.
- Richard Koppenaal

March 2015

Kelley Hurley and Jeff Spear Win at Nationals

The NYAC's fencers, Kelley Hurley and Jeff Spear, won National Championships titles in Reno, NV on February 28th. Click here to read more.