Now that there are North American Cups for women's sabre, do any women
automatically qualify for National Championships as a result of placement
in these events? According to the 1991 edition of the Operations Manual,
certain finishes would automatically qualify a fencer for Division I (I am
referring to page 24, Rule A(4)). Since there is no Division I
competition in this case, do this apply to Division II?
The men seem to be able to send more fencers to Nationals because many of
the competing fencers qualify through other means. The women seem limited
to qualifying by prior year results and competition in the division and
By the way, has anyone seen the new Operations Manual?