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 1V/MIndicatorHS
KASTOR TikiUSAV304VX2/5-117
JAQUET ClaraFRA1V3VVX3/5-219
KLEMM SibylleGERV43VVX3/5222
SCHNEIDER DariaUSAVVVVVX5/51825
BAKALOVA TzhvetelinaBULV441VX2/5-119
DE ROUX LAM Jeanette ArlinePAN23301X0/5-169
BILARDI AngelaGBRSSSSSSforfait

Poule No 2V/MIndicatorHS
MILLER KellyUSA4232V21/6-1118
BESBES AzzaTUNVVVVVV6/62230
GREGORIO RossellaITAV1VVVV5/61226
MUHAMMAD FaizahUSAV24V1V3/6422
BRISSON JoelleCANV0100V2/6-1511
HIRZMANN DavinaGER401VVV3/6320
CHAN CherylAUSV110411/6-1512

Poule No 3V/MIndicatorHS
HASSAN AzizaUSA2XVV2V3/5219
LUCCHINO AlessandraITAVXVVVV5/51425
VOUGIOUKA VassilikiGRESSSSSSforfait
PAK SarahUSA34X21V1/5-615
LIM Nona Yean HongSIN33XVVV3/5521
FAIRHEAD HelenGBRV1XV4V3/5620
ACOSTA PEREIRA VilmariePUR11X1010/5-214

Poule No 4V/MIndicatorHS
BENEDEK OliviaUSA34VV332/6023
VARGA DoraHUNVV342V3/6224
PAGANO RosannaITAV1VV313/6-320
ROBERTS SamanthaUSA3V2V412/6-520
TAKAHASHI SatomiJPN0V22211/6-1712
BOND-WILLIAMS LouiseGBRVVVVVV6/61230
KIM Keum HwaKORV3VVV44/61127

Poule No 5V/MIndicatorHS
CHENG EmilyUSA22413V1/6-1117
NAKAYAMA SeiraJPNV32V3V3/6023
PUNDYK GalynaUKRVV4VVV5/61229
OSIER LianUSAVVVV2V5/6827
LACHETA JessicaGBRV240141/6-1016
KOZACZUK MalgorzataPOLVV1VV44/6625
PASTRAN MilagrosVEN3424VV2/6-523

Poule No 6V/MIndicatorHS
NICHOLS AbigailUSAV23VV23/6-122
LEMBACH CharlotteFRA3VVVVV5/61528
AGUSTSDOTTIR ThorbjorgISLV2V3412/6-620
BARATTA EmmaUSAV34VV13/6223
MERCADO MENDEZ MelaniePUR31V1V22/6-717
UENO ErikoJPN20V2101/6-1910
KORMILITSYNA SvetlanaRUSV2VVVV5/61627

Poule No 7V/MIndicatorHS
PALMEDO SageUSAXV3V242/5-219
MCCOMBIE MaxineGBRSSSSSSforfait
ONISHI SakiJPN3X2VVV3/5120
MUHAMMAD IbtihajUSAVXVVVV5/51825
BROOKS JessicaAUS3X211V1/5-1112
GRENCH EileenPANVX41VV3/5320
AGUILAR FLORES AngelicaMEXVX30341/5-915

Poule No 8V/MIndicatorHS
GLON NicoleUSA4V43V22/6-223
WIECKOWSKA IrenaPOLVVVVVV6/61830
SASCHENBRECKER WendyCAN32V42V2/6021
MAJOR DesiraeUSAV0121V2/6-1314
KUMAGAI MikaJPNV1VV3V4/6124
CHOI Shin HuiKOR23VVVV4/6625
WILLIAMS SophieGBRV203431/6-1017

Poule No 9V/MIndicatorHS
LEE AllisonUSA2123410/6-1713
ZHOVNIR OlgaUKRVVVVVV6/61430
PETO RekaHUNV3VV3V4/61026
RUSSO JessicaUSAV414VV3/6324
MO Hyo JungKORV14V222/6-819
MARTINEZ ELIZALDE GiselleMEXV4V1V23/6-222
CLOUTIER JulieCANV203VV3/6020

Poule No 10V/MIndicatorHS
MILLER AlisonUSA4VV4V33/6426
LEE Ann HuiminSINVV41V23/6-222
CONTRERAS PatriciaVEN24V3V12/6-220
RUSSO FrancescaUSA3V01VV3/6-619
NICOLL ChrystallGBRVVVVVV6/62030
MCGHAN OliviaCAN2124010/6-2010
KIM Hye LimKORVVV21V4/6623

Poule No 11V/MIndicatorHS
WHEELER DiamondUSA0VV302/5-413
MERZA CelinaUSAV4VVV4/51124
KHOMROVA OlenaUKR1VVVV4/5721
LEE Lewina Yi ChenSIN121310/5-178
KIM Seon HeeKORV23V32/5-318
KEDZIORA KatarzynaPOLV41VV3/5620

Poule No 12V/MIndicatorHS
POWERS SkylaUSA3V2V3V3/6-123
BERDER CeciliaFRAVVVV114/6022
FUKIHARA AsamiJPN4424010/6-1515
THOMPSON KamaliUSAV1V30V3/6-119
SAJEWICZ IzabelaPOL24VV3V3/6-124
HUTCHISON JoannaGBRVVVVVV6/62030
GARAM NoraHUN3VV1332/6-220

Poule No 13V/MIndicatorHS
STOLTZ MarionFRAV1VV13/5217
LEE KaraUSA22V231/5-1014
BENKO RekaHUNVVVVV5/51725
PIERRYNOWSKI KathrynCAN241V41/5-816
GONZALEZ UrsulaMEX1V04V2/5-615
STAGNI LiviaITAVV4V43/5523

Poule No 14V/MIndicatorHS
MCDONALD MargaretUSA1V22V12/6-816
DI TRANSO IreneITAVVV2V34/6925
PEREZ PriscillaPUR13V3441/6-520
GIROUX MeredithCANV201111/6-1710
CIWONIUK AnnaPOLVVVV3V5/61128
OGINEZAWA ChizuruJPN30VVVV4/6423
BENITEZ AlejandraVENVVVV414/6625

Poule No 15V/MIndicatorHS
AKSAMIT MonicaUSAVVVVV5/51525
ITOH MamiJPN113V41/5-814
WATOR MartaPOL2V3VV3/5820
OVTCHINNIKOVA OlgaCAN3VVVV4/5823
DE ROUX LAM JacquelinePAN120110/5-205
LARIOS AngelicaMEX3V13V2/5-317

Poule No 16V/MIndicatorHS
HAMADA MahoJPN34V4V2/5421
JACOBSON EmilyUSAVVVVV5/51925
SASSINE SandraCANV1VV33/5319
TANNOUS AlexandraLIB021V11/5-129
GUANILL AstridPURV01121/5-159
KEMPE KatherineGBR20VVV3/5117


Document engarde-escrime – 6/18/2010 5:22:07 PM

About U.S. Fencing Association: The United States Fencing Association (USFA) is the recognized NGB for the sport of fencing in the United States. The USFA was founded in 1891 as the Amateur Fencers League of America (AFLA) by a group of New York fencers seeking independence from the Amateur Athletic Union. The AFLA changed its name to the United States Fencing Association in 1981. The USFA is affiliated with the Féderation Internationale d’Escrime (FIE), the international federation for fencing founded in Paris in 1913. The USFA was incorporated as a non-profit corporation in Pennsylvania in 1964 and in Colorado in 1993 in compliance with the Amateur Sports Act and opened its national office at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. in August of 1982. For more visitwww.usfencing.orgwww.facebook.com/usfencing or www.twitter.com/usfencing.

About the Fencers Club of New York: The Fencers Club of New York is a nonprofit organization founded in 1883, making it the oldest fencing institution in the country. The club has a long history of developing talented international-level athletes while also providing a number of fencing- and academic- related community service programs throughout the city. The Fencers Club has sent its athletes to some of the best colleges and universities in the country, and fencing has a particularly distinguished and successful record in the New York community. The six Beijing medalists from New York were all fencers.

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