Kan vs. Hammer
Kan vs. Hammer

Wouldn't ya know it, first up for Zack in pools is his teammate, training partner and good buddy, Keith Kan  Keith ended up tying for bronze in the tournament (Zack got fourth). As a result, both qualified for the National Championships in July. Keith traveled with us to Columbus, OH for the Nats.

Hammer vs. Tsai
Hammer vs. Tsai

Zack (left) scores a touche on Park City (Utah) Fencing Academy's Yueh-Lin Tsai (Tsai finished right behind Zack in the tournament).

Procopio vs. Hammer
Procopio vs. Hammer

Zack faces South Coast (Costa Mesa, CA) Fencing Center's Greg Procopio (a fencer near my age who's been fencing for 30+ years). Note Procopio's fans in the stands with the "Go Procopig!" sign. 

Johnson vs. Hammer
Johnson vs. Hammer

Zack unsuccessfully tries a behind-the head atttack (hard to attack at close range) against the High Desert Fencing Alliance's Lucas Johnson

Hammer vs. Yin
Hammer vs. Yin

Zack faces Victor Yin of Le Club Touche (Mountain View, CA), turning to avoid Yin's attack while successfully scoring on his counter attack.

Hammer vs. Sattler
Hammer vs. Sattler

Zack advances an attack using a coupe against Salle D'Asaro (Torrance, CA) Fencing Club's Frederick Sattler.

Hammer vs. Donnelly
Hammer vs. Donnelly

The redoubtable Devin Donnelly from Silicon Valley Fencer's Club (Los Altos, CA), an USFA referee and Veteran Fencer, avoids Zack's attack and almost colliding with Zack and incurring a "corps-a-corps" (body slam) penalty. 

Hammer vs. Sattler, #4
Hammer vs. Sattler, #4

Zack lunges in an attack against Frederick Sattler, who successfully retreats to avoid the touch.

Hammer vs. Sattler
Hammer vs. Sattler
Hammer vs. Sattler
Hammer vs. Sattler

OK, there's no scoring going on here...but I'm guessing Sattler's going to be a little more weary about getting close to Zack after feeling cold, hard French steel right above his knee-cap.

Hammer vs Sattler, #3
Hammer vs Sattler, #3

Simultaneous attacks by both Zack and Sattler, and they both miss. 

The Podium
The Podium

The top six (in truth, seven) finishers in the tournament (L-R): Gold - Andrew Hou, South Coast (Costa Mesa, CA) Fencing Club, Silver- Dillon Cooke, Coer du Leon (San Diego, CA) Fencing Club, T-Bronze - Keith Kan, San Francisco Fencers Club, Bronze-T- Devin Donnelly, Silicon Valley (Los Altos, CA) Fencing Academy, 4th - Zack Hammer - San Francisco Fencers Club, 5th - Morgan Geneste - San Francisco Fencers Club, 6th - Matthew Glover - Halberstadt (San Francisco, CA) Fencing Club.  Hou, Cooke and Hammer all qualified for the National Championships as a result of their finishes in this tournament.