Hadley Husisian won silver in Bratislava, her best international result.
(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – Competing at just her third Junior World Cup, Hadley Husisian (Oakton, Va.) brought home the silver from the Bratislava Junior World Cup on Feb. 1.
The silver marked Husisian’s best result on the Junior World Cup circuit and first international medal.
Husisian started her day 6-0 in pools to take the No. 1 seed and a bye to the table of 128, where she defeated two-time Junior World Team member Sofiya Nikolaichuk (KAZ), 15-11.
After a 12-6 victory over Anna Wieczorek (POL), Husisian bested two-time Cadet World Team member Eva Galper (ISR), 15-11.
In the table of 16, Husisian outtouched her teammate, Michaela Joyce (Sterling, Va.), 15-14, to advance to her first quarter-finals at a Junior World Cup.
However, Husisian wasn’t done there. The 16-year-old cruised past 2018 Youth Olympic Games Team member Kinga Dekany (HUN), 15-5, to guarantee a medal and edged out Laura Katalin Wetzker (HUN), 15-13, to earn the chance to fence for gold.
In the final, Husisian fenced 2019 World team silver medalist Evgeniya Zharkova (RUS), coming up short, 15-12.
In addition to Joyce, 2018 Cadet World silver medalist Emily Vermeule (Cambridge, Mass.) claimed a top-16 finish.
The result was enough to punch Vermeule’s ticket to Salt Lake City as a member of the Junior World Team. Husisian jumped up from seventh to second in the USA Fencing Junior Women’s Épée Team Point Standings.
With the four members of the Junior World Team being named after the Junior Olympic Championships Feb. 14-17, Joyce ranks third followed by Jaclyn Khrol (Brooklyn, N.Y.) The race for the final spots is tight with less than 300 points separating the fourth and eighth place fencer.
Husisian also moved up to first in the cadet women’s épée standings and locked her place on the Cadet World Team. Faith Park (Lorton, Va.) sits in second and Joyce is in third. Khrol ranks fourth, trailing Joyce by fewer than 350 points.
In the team event, Team USA finished 10th.
Represented by Joyce, 2019 Junior World bronze medalist Greta Candreva (Katonah, N.Y.), 2019 Junior World Team member Lola Constantino (Warren, N.J.) and Sofia Komar (Laurence Harbor, N.J.), Team USA suffered a tough 44-43 loss to Canada in the table of 16 as Canada won or tied seven of the nine bouts.
The United States rebounded to win its next two matches, defeating Colombia and the Czech Republic.
Team USA only dropped one bout to overcome Colombia, 45-34. Joyce led Team USA with a +7 indicator.
Down 5-2 to the Czech Republic, the Americans won the next two bouts, 13-6, to take a 15-11 lead. That lead dwindled to one point after the fourth and the Czech Republic kept it close going into the final three rounds, just down two, but Team USA held strong for a 45-41 victory.
In its final match of the day, the United States lost its second match of the day by a point. Down 19-12 to Estonia to start, Team USA came back to take a 32-31 lead with two bouts remaining. However, Estonia won the eighth, 9-7, and that would be enough to hand Team USA a 45-44 loss.
Top eight and U.S. results are as follows:
Bratislava Individual Junior Women’s Épée World Cup
1. Evgeniya Zharkova (RUS)
2. Hadley Husisian (Oakton, Va.)
3. Laura Katalin Wetzker (HUN)
3. Karolina Staszulonek (POL)
5. Lili Buki (HUN)
6. Alicja Klasik (POL)
7. Shan Guo Zi (CAN)
8. Kinga Dekany (HUN)
9. Emily Vermeule (Cambridge, Mass.)
13. Michaela Joyce (Sterling, Va.)
20. Jaclyn Khrol (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
29. Faith Park (Lorton, Va.)
39. Miriam Grady (Broomfield, Colo.)
45. Jessica Lin (Basking Ridge, N.J.)
80. Sarah Lurye (Chicago, Ill.)
82. Ariana Rausch (Houston, Texas)
84. Lola Constantino (Warren, N.J.)
100. Greta Candreva (Katonah, N.Y.)
117. Sofia Komar (Laurence Harbor, N.J.)
Bratislava Team Junior Women’s Épée World Cup
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