(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – For the second straight year, 2019 Cadet World Team member Zander Rhodes (South Orange, N.J.) started the international season on top, winning gold in Manchester to secure the No. 1 spot in the Cadet European Fencing Rankings.
On a day where all 20 members of Team USA made the 32 and five made the quarter-finals, Rhodes went 1-2-3 with Renata Chusid (Franklin Lakes, N.J.) and Vivian Zheng (Amherst, N.Y.) for a near sweep of the podium.
Undefeated on the day, Rhodes gave up no more than 10 points to an opponent. After going 6-0 in pools, Rhodes earned the No. 1 seed and a bye into the table of 64, where she cruised past Barbara Boda (SVK), 15-3.
In the table of 32, Rhodes nearly completed a shtout, overcoming Martha Bird (GBR), 15-1.
Rhodes reached the quarter-finals with a 15-9 win over Karen Biasco (ITA), leaving three teammates in Rhodes’ path to gold.
The 16-year-old guaranteed a medal with a 15-6 win over teammate Justina Lam (Cherry Hill, N.J.) and earned a place in the final with a 15-10 victory over teammate Evelyn Cheng (Palo Alto, Calif.),.
With a convincing 15-4 victory over Chusid in the final, Rhodes claimed gold in Manchester for the second straight year and kept her No. 2 ranking in the USA Fencing National Rolling Point Standings.
Her best result at a Cadet European Cup, Chusid went 6-0 in pools before outtouching Lauren Yan Faye Tang (MAS), 15-14, in the table of 64.
Following 15-10 and 15-11 victories over teammates Catherine Flanagan (Pleasantville, N.Y.) and Alexandra Jing (West Roxbury, Mass.), Chusid overcame Carolina Stutchbury (GBR) and Aurora Grandis (ITA) by 15-10 scores to secure an All-American final and move up to No. 3 in the Cadet European Fencing Rankings and No. 4 in the Rolling Point Standings.
Competing at her first international tournament, Zheng started her route to bronze by going 5-1 in pools and taking a quick 15-4 victory over Ava Emanuel (NED).
After controlling her table of 32 bout over teammate Skylar Knight (Palo Alto, Calif.), 15-8, Zheng edged out Crystal Qian (Cupertino, Calif.), 15-11.
With a 15-10 victory over Cheng in the quarters, Zheng secured a medal before coming up short to Rhodes.
Cheng also was fencing at her first Cadet European Cup, advancing to the 16 with a pair of 15-7 wins over Bronwen Hyde (GBR) and Katherine Apelian (Boonton, N.J.)
In the table of 16, Cheng outtouched Elizabeth He (Houston, Texas), 15-14.
Lam’s top-eight result marked her best result on the circuit. Perfect in pools at 5-0, Lam blazed past Pia Huber (AUT), 15-5, and defeated teammate Gabriella Ahn (New York, N.Y.), 15-8.
In the table of 16, she won her second consecutive bout over a teammate, earning a 15-11 victory over Allison Lee (Kinnelon, N.J.) Lam now ranks No. 3 in the Rolling Point Standings.
Top eight and U.S. results are as follows:
Manchester Women’s Foil Cadet European Cup
1. Zander Rhodes (South Orange, N.J.)
2. Renata Chusid (Franklin Lakes, N.J.)
3. Aurora Grandis (ITA)
3. Vivian Zheng (Amherst, N.Y.)
5. Justina Lam (Cherry Hill, N.J.)
6. Carolina Stutchbury (GBR)
7. Evelyn Cheng (Palo Alto, Calif.)
8. Amelie Tsang (GBR)
9. Miranda Freedman (Grosse Pointe Park, Mich.)
10. Elizabeth He (Houston, Texas)
11. Crystal Qian (Cupertino, Calif.)
12. Alexandra Jing (West Roxbury, Mass.)
13. Lenna Choi (Irvine, Calif.)
15. Allison Lee (Kinnelon, N.J.)
19. Alina Lee (Dublin, Calif.)
20. Skylar Knight (Palo Alto, Calif.)
21. Katherine Apelian (Boonton, N.J.)
22. Rowan Park (Hermosa Beach, Calif.)
25. Gabriella Ahn (New York, N.Y.)
26. Catherine Flanagan (Pleasantville, N.Y.)
27. Brianna Lee (Cupertino, Calif.)
28. Juliana Hung (San Francisco, Calif.)
29. Grace Li (Newton, Mass.)
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