American Saber Fencers Advance, Foil Fencers Await

This comes via Nicolas Oliver, the USOC press liason here in New York for the world cup:

NEW YORK, N.Y. – U.S. saber fencers advanced in a variety of ways at the FIE World Cup in the Marriott Brooklyn Bridge. The top-ranked Americans didn’t have to step on the strip today. Others had to battle through pool play and then direct elimination for a spot in the table of 64. All told, 23 U.S. fencers qualified for a spot in the final 128 in the men’s and women’s fields combined.

World No. 1 Mariel Zagunis (Beaverton, Ore.), 2008 Olympic silver medalist Timothy Morehouse (Bronx, N.Y.) and Dagmara Wozniak (Avenel, N.J.) received byes all the way to the table of 64 by virtue of their FEI rankings. Morehouse and Wozniak both entered the World Cup ranked 14th in their respective divisions. Others, such as Jeff Spear and Emily Jacobson, did well enough in pool play to receive a bye past the table of 128 into the second day of the competition. Spear was victorious in five of six pool matches while Jacobson earned a No. 20 seed in the table of 64 after going undefeated in five pool matches. Daria Schneider (New York, N.Y.), ibtihaj Muhammad and Monica Aksamit also won all five pool matches to automatically qualify for Saturday.

Some had to fight a little harder for the right to compete on Saturday. Sean Buckley won two of six bouts in pool play before defeating fellow American Andrew Fischl, 15-10, for the last spot in the table of 64. The reward is the chance to oppose world top-seededNicolas Limbach of Germany. Diamond Wheeler won two of five pool matches before upsetting Mika Kumagi of Japan, 15-5, to earn the 63rd seed and a shot at American and two-time Olympic gold medalist Zagunis.

Women’s foil begins Saturday and showcases some of the best young American fencers. Seventeen-year-old hometown prodigy and world No. 20 Nzingha Prescod (Brooklyn, N.Y.) could potentially face a three-time Olympian in Gruchala, ranked 8th. The future is bright for 18-year-old Ambika Singh (Skillman, N.J.) and 21-year-old Nicole Ross (New York, N.Y.), both ranked in the top-40.

The World Cup marks the first international competition in New York City since 2004. The fencers will look to reach their peak in Brooklyn as it is one of the last international events before the World Championships in Paris, Nov. 4-13. Beijing silver medalists and siblings, Keeth and Erinn Smart will offer on-site analysis.

Additional Results from Day One:

Pool Results: Women’s Sabre

Poules, round No 1

Poule No 1 V/M Indicator HS
KASTOR Tiki USA V 3 0 4 V X 2/5 -1 17
JAQUET Clara FRA 1 V 3 V V X 3/5 -2 19
KLEMM Sibylle GER V 4 3 V V X 3/5 2 22
SCHNEIDER Daria USA V V V V V X 5/5 18 25
BAKALOVA Tzhvetelina BUL V 4 4 1 V X 2/5 -1 19
DE ROUX LAM Jeanette Arline PAN 2 3 3 0 1 X 0/5 -16 9
BILARDI Angela GBR S S S S S S forfait

Poule No 2 V/M Indicator HS
MILLER Kelly USA 4 2 3 2 V 2 1/6 -11 18
BESBES Azza TUN V V V V V V 6/6 22 30
GREGORIO Rossella ITA V 1 V V V V 5/6 12 26
MUHAMMAD Faizah USA V 2 4 V 1 V 3/6 4 22
BRISSON Joelle CAN V 0 1 0 0 V 2/6 -15 11
HIRZMANN Davina GER 4 0 1 V V V 3/6 3 20
CHAN Cheryl AUS V 1 1 0 4 1 1/6 -15 12

Poule No 3 V/M Indicator HS
HASSAN Aziza USA 2 X V V 2 V 3/5 2 19
LUCCHINO Alessandra ITA V X V V V V 5/5 14 25
VOUGIOUKA Vassiliki GRE S S S S S S forfait
PAK Sarah USA 3 4 X 2 1 V 1/5 -6 15
LIM Nona Yean Hong SIN 3 3 X V V V 3/5 5 21
FAIRHEAD Helen GBR V 1 X V 4 V 3/5 6 20
ACOSTA PEREIRA Vilmarie PUR 1 1 X 1 0 1 0/5 -21 4

Poule No 4 V/M Indicator HS
BENEDEK Olivia USA 3 4 V V 3 3 2/6 0 23
VARGA Dora HUN V V 3 4 2 V 3/6 2 24
PAGANO Rosanna ITA V 1 V V 3 1 3/6 -3 20
ROBERTS Samantha USA 3 V 2 V 4 1 2/6 -5 20
TAKAHASHI Satomi JPN 0 V 2 2 2 1 1/6 -17 12
BOND-WILLIAMS Louise GBR V V V V V V 6/6 12 30
KIM Keum Hwa KOR V 3 V V V 4 4/6 11 27

Poule No 5 V/M Indicator HS
CHENG Emily USA 2 2 4 1 3 V 1/6 -11 17
NAKAYAMA Seira JPN V 3 2 V 3 V 3/6 0 23
PUNDYK Galyna UKR V V 4 V V V 5/6 12 29
OSIER Lian USA V V V V 2 V 5/6 8 27
LACHETA Jessica GBR V 2 4 0 1 4 1/6 -10 16
KOZACZUK Malgorzata POL V V 1 V V 4 4/6 6 25
PASTRAN Milagros VEN 3 4 2 4 V V 2/6 -5 23

Poule No 6 V/M Indicator HS
NICHOLS Abigail USA V 2 3 V V 2 3/6 -1 22
LEMBACH Charlotte FRA 3 V V V V V 5/6 15 28
AGUSTSDOTTIR Thorbjorg ISL V 2 V 3 4 1 2/6 -6 20
BARATTA Emma USA V 3 4 V V 1 3/6 2 23
MERCADO MENDEZ Melanie PUR 3 1 V 1 V 2 2/6 -7 17
UENO Eriko JPN 2 0 V 2 1 0 1/6 -19 10
KORMILITSYNA Svetlana RUS V 2 V V V V 5/6 16 27

Poule No 7 V/M Indicator HS
PALMEDO Sage USA X V 3 V 2 4 2/5 -2 19
MCCOMBIE Maxine GBR S S S S S S forfait
ONISHI Saki JPN 3 X 2 V V V 3/5 1 20
MUHAMMAD Ibtihaj USA V X V V V V 5/5 18 25
BROOKS Jessica AUS 3 X 2 1 1 V 1/5 -11 12
GRENCH Eileen PAN V X 4 1 V V 3/5 3 20
AGUILAR FLORES Angelica MEX V X 3 0 3 4 1/5 -9 15

Poule No 8 V/M Indicator HS
GLON Nicole USA 4 V 4 3 V 2 2/6 -2 23
WIECKOWSKA Irena POL V V V V V V 6/6 18 30
SASCHENBRECKER Wendy CAN 3 2 V 4 2 V 2/6 0 21
MAJOR Desirae USA V 0 1 2 1 V 2/6 -13 14
KUMAGAI Mika JPN V 1 V V 3 V 4/6 1 24
CHOI Shin Hui KOR 2 3 V V V V 4/6 6 25
WILLIAMS Sophie GBR V 2 0 3 4 3 1/6 -10 17

Poule No 9 V/M Indicator HS
LEE Allison USA 2 1 2 3 4 1 0/6 -17 13
ZHOVNIR Olga UKR V V V V V V 6/6 14 30
PETO Reka HUN V 3 V V 3 V 4/6 10 26
RUSSO Jessica USA V 4 1 4 V V 3/6 3 24
MO Hyo Jung KOR V 1 4 V 2 2 2/6 -8 19
MARTINEZ ELIZALDE Giselle MEX V 4 V 1 V 2 3/6 -2 22
CLOUTIER Julie CAN V 2 0 3 V V 3/6 0 20

Poule No 10 V/M Indicator HS
MILLER Alison USA 4 V V 4 V 3 3/6 4 26
LEE Ann Huimin SIN V V 4 1 V 2 3/6 -2 22
CONTRERAS Patricia VEN 2 4 V 3 V 1 2/6 -2 20
RUSSO Francesca USA 3 V 0 1 V V 3/6 -6 19
NICOLL Chrystall GBR V V V V V V 6/6 20 30
MCGHAN Olivia CAN 2 1 2 4 0 1 0/6 -20 10
KIM Hye Lim KOR V V V 2 1 V 4/6 6 23

Poule No 11 V/M Indicator HS
WHEELER Diamond USA 0 V V 3 0 2/5 -4 13
MERZA Celina USA V 4 V V V 4/5 11 24
KHOMROVA Olena UKR 1 V V V V 4/5 7 21
LEE Lewina Yi Chen SIN 1 2 1 3 1 0/5 -17 8
KIM Seon Hee KOR V 2 3 V 3 2/5 -3 18
KEDZIORA Katarzyna POL V 4 1 V V 3/5 6 20

Poule No 12 V/M Indicator HS
POWERS Skyla USA 3 V 2 V 3 V 3/6 -1 23
BERDER Cecilia FRA V V V V 1 1 4/6 0 22
FUKIHARA Asami JPN 4 4 2 4 0 1 0/6 -15 15
THOMPSON Kamali USA V 1 V 3 0 V 3/6 -1 19
SAJEWICZ Izabela POL 2 4 V V 3 V 3/6 -1 24
HUTCHISON Joanna GBR V V V V V V 6/6 20 30
GARAM Nora HUN 3 V V 1 3 3 2/6 -2 20

Poule No 13 V/M Indicator HS
STOLTZ Marion FRA V 1 V V 1 3/5 2 17
LEE Kara USA 2 2 V 2 3 1/5 -10 14
BENKO Reka HUN V V V V V 5/5 17 25
PIERRYNOWSKI Kathryn CAN 2 4 1 V 4 1/5 -8 16
GONZALEZ Ursula MEX 1 V 0 4 V 2/5 -6 15
STAGNI Livia ITA V V 4 V 4 3/5 5 23

Poule No 14 V/M Indicator HS
MCDONALD Margaret USA 1 V 2 2 V 1 2/6 -8 16
DI TRANSO Irene ITA V V V 2 V 3 4/6 9 25
PEREZ Priscilla PUR 1 3 V 3 4 4 1/6 -5 20
GIROUX Meredith CAN V 2 0 1 1 1 1/6 -17 10
CIWONIUK Anna POL V V V V 3 V 5/6 11 28
OGINEZAWA Chizuru JPN 3 0 V V V V 4/6 4 23
BENITEZ Alejandra VEN V V V V 4 1 4/6 6 25

Poule No 15 V/M Indicator HS
AKSAMIT Monica USA V V V V V 5/5 15 25
ITOH Mami JPN 1 1 3 V 4 1/5 -8 14
WATOR Marta POL 2 V 3 V V 3/5 8 20
OVTCHINNIKOVA Olga CAN 3 V V V V 4/5 8 23
DE ROUX LAM Jacqueline PAN 1 2 0 1 1 0/5 -20 5
LARIOS Angelica MEX 3 V 1 3 V 2/5 -3 17

Poule No 16 V/M Indicator HS
HAMADA Maho JPN 3 4 V 4 V 2/5 4 21
JACOBSON Emily USA V V V V V 5/5 19 25
SASSINE Sandra CAN V 1 V V 3 3/5 3 19
TANNOUS Alexandra LIB 0 2 1 V 1 1/5 -12 9
GUANILL Astrid PUR V 0 1 1 2 1/5 -15 9
KEMPE Katherine GBR 2 0 V V V 3/5 1 17


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