Olympian Leslie Marx Leads Her Team to National Medal
CINCINNATI (AP) _ Leslie Marx, who already had won two national titles in the U.S. Fencing Association’s championship tournament, led her Rochester, N.Y., team to a gold medal Monday in the women’s epee competition.
Marx, of Pittsford, N.Y., led the Rochester Fencing Centre team over a New Jersey-based club, Salle Santelli. The Santelli club included Donna Stone of Lincoln Park, N.J., the 1994 national champion.
On Sunday, Marx won the women’s Division I epee competition. She had already qualified for the Olympic epee team.
In men’s competition, Adam Skarbonkiewicz denied Michael D’Asaro II a spot on the Olympic team. Skarbonkiewicz cannot qualify for the U.S. team because he is not an American citizen.
Skarbonkiewicz, of Portland, Ore., became the men’s Division I sabre national champion by defeating D’Asaro 15-13 in the gold medal match. The victory of Skarbonkiewicz allowed Thomas Strzalkowski of State College, Pa., to fill the final spot on the U.S. Olympic team.
Joining Strzalkowski on the U.S. team are Peter Cox Jr. of Overland Park, Kan., and Peter Westbrook of New York City.
This will be Westbrook’s sixth trip to the Olympics. His career has included a bronze medal in the 1984 Olympics. He has won the national championships 13 times.
In women’s competition, the New Jersey-based Lilov Fencing Academy defeated the North Carolina Composite team to become the women’s team sabre national champions.