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Six New Y12 Champions Crowned in Philadelphia

07/09/2021, 10:15pm CDT
By Kristen Henneman

Jeidus Deseranno (left) defeated his teammate Luao Yang in the Y12 men's foil final, winning his second national championship in three days after winning Y14 on Wednesday. Photo Credit: Renaissance Fencing Club


Angelina Tse won her second career national championship in women's saber. Photo Credit: Halberstadt Fencers' Club

(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – The youth events continued on Friday with six Y12 national titles awarded at the USA Fencing National Championships in Philadelphia.

Jeidus Deseranno (Grosse Point Shores, Mich. / Renaissance Fencing Club) won his second national championship in three days, and now has won a men’s foil title in every youth category. In the men’s saber event, Daniel Holz (Sacramento, Calif. / Premier Fencing Academy) earned his second career national crown while men’s epeeist David Dodin (Brooklyn, N.Y. / New York Fencing Academy) secured his first title.

In the women’s events, Angelina Tse (San Francisco, Calif. / Halberstadt Fencers’ Club) won her second career national title in women’s saber, and two first-time champions were named in women’s foil and women’s epee in Jaelyn Liu (Plano, Texas / Fencing Institute of Texas) and Alexandra Rakhovski (Brooklyn, N.Y. / New York Fencing Academy).

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Deseranno added another piece of hardware to his collection after taking the Y14 gold on Wednesday. The 2019 Y10 National Champion and gold medalist in Y12 at the April NAC dominated the field, going 6-0 in pools and not giving up more than six points in each of his first five direct elimination bouts to advance to the final.

The gold medal bout featured two Renaissance Fencing Club teammates in Deseranno and Luao Yang (Broomfield Hills, Mich. / Renaissance Fencing Club). In their third matchup in the medal rounds on the North American Cup circuit this season, Deseranno jumped out to a quick 6-1 lead and held on for a 15-8 victory.

Michael Lin (Herndon, Va. / Fencing Sports Academy) and Matthew Li (Herndon, Va. / AIC Fencing Club) won bronze, their first medals on the NAC circuit.

Like Deseranno, Holz was perfect on the day, going 6-0 in pools to take the No. 1 seed and 6-0 in the DEs.

Holz, who won the Y10 men’s saber national championship in 2019, won three of his first four bouts by nine points or more. In the semifinals, the Y12 gold medalist at the April NAC edged out Landon Su (Yorktown, Va. / Miracle Fencing Club), 15-12. Up 8-5 at the break, Su tied the score at 11, but Holz finished on a 4-1 run for gold.

For Su, the podium finish marked his first at a national event.

The final saw a rematch of the Y12 April NAC gold medal bout as Holz fenced Emilio Gonzalez (New York, N.Y. / Tim Morehouse Fencing Club), the bronze medalist in Y10 at the 2019 Nationals. Holz came out of the gate strong, going up 7-0, but Gonzales went on a 6-0 run of his own and closed the gap to two at the break, 8-6. Gonzales then scored the first point of the second period to cut Holz’s lead to just one, but Holz finished on a 7-1 run to clinch the gold.

Alex Huang (Totowa, N.J. / Lilov Fencing Academy) also claimed bronze.

In the men’s epee event, Dodin secured the gold while Dylan Kats (Brooklyn,N.Y. / New York Fencing Academy) won silver and Biaya Tiya (Atlanta, Ga.) and Nathaniel Wimmer (McLean, Va. / Penta Olympic Fencing Club) earned bronze.

Dodin, who won bronze at the 2019 Nationals in Y10, held his first three opponents to single digits and advanced to the medal rounds, 15-11. But to secure gold, Dodin would need two clutch, one-point victories.

In the semis, Dodin faced Wimmer, the bronze medalist in Y12 from the April NAC and the 2018 Y10 bronze medalist at the National Championships. With Dodin up 6-5, Wimmer tied the bout with 33 seconds to go and sent the bout to overtime. In overtime and Wimmer having priority, Dodin scored the winning touch with 18 seconds left on the clock, winning, 7-6.

Two teammates from New York Fencing Academy squared off in the final with Dodin taking the bout against Kats, the Y12 gold medalist at the April NAC, 15-14. Tied at 10 going into the final period, Kats took a 14-11 lead, but Dodin scored four straight single lights to win gold.

The 2019 Y10 National Champion in women’s saber, Tse went undefeated on the day, going 6-0 in pools to take the No. 1 seed before going 6-0 in the DE rounds. She kept her first four opponents to single digits, guaranteeing a place on the podium.

Down 9-8 in the semifinals to Alexandra Krivosheev (Peachtree Corners, Ga. / Nellya Fencers), Tse earned a place in the semifinals with a 7-1 run, winning, 15-10.

For Krivosheev, the bronze marked her first medal on the NAC circuit. And standing next to her on the podium was her teammate, Alexandra Lemus-Iakovidou (Kennesaw, Ga. / Nellya Fencers), who also claimed bronze, her second medal at a National Championships.

In the final, Tse bested Katie Jeong (Edgewater, N.J. / Bergen Fencing Club), the bronze medalist in Y12 from the April NAC, by a score of 15-13. Tse built a 4-0 and took an 8-4 lead at the break, but Jeong came roaring back to start the second, scoring seven straight touches to take an 11-8 lead. Down 12-10, Tse made her own comeback, tying the score at 12. Jeong took the next touch to go up 13-12, but Tse scored the final three touches of the bout to take the top step of the podium.

With her national championship in women’s foil, Liu has now won two medals in as many days after taking silver in Y14 on Thursday.

Entering as the gold medalist at the April NAC, Liu cruised through her first three bouts with scores of 15-0, 15-3 and 15-6. She then guaranteed a medal with a 13-6 win in the quarterfinals.

For gold, Liu had to go through the gold and silver medalists from 2019 Y10 national championships.

After besting Irene Seo (South Hackensack, N.J. / Gutkovskiy Fencing Academy), 13-11, Liu faced Kaitlyn Tan (Winchester, Mass. / Gold Fencing Club) in the final. Tied at one at the end of the first period, Liu scored six straight touches to start the second for a 7-1 lead and took an 8-3 lead into the second break. Tan cut the gap to three, but wouldn’t get any closer with Liu securing gold, 15-11.

 Rebecca Cho (Norwood, N.J. / Top Fencing Club) also earned a place on the podium with bronze.

In the women’s epee vent, Rakhovski took the top step of the podium. Nour Azmeh (Lexington, Mass. /Olympia Fencing Center) won silver and Ashley Nguyen (Great Neck, N.Y. / North Shore Fencers Club) and Catherine Witter (Fairfax, Va. / Fencing Sports Academy) secured bronze – their first medals on the North American Cup circuit.
 
Undefeated on the day, Rakhovski earned the No. 1 seed out of pools at 6-0. She blazed through her first two bouts, 15-4 and reached the semis with 15-11 and 11-8 victories.

In the semis, the Y10 silver medalist from the 2019 National Championships took a 7-5 lead over Nguyen at the first break. Rakhovski widened her lead at 11-7 and went on to win, 15-9.

In the final, Rhakovski overcame Azmeh, 15-11 to clinch the title. Down 5-2 at the first break, Rakhovski closed the gap to one at 6-5 and tied the bout at eight. She ten took the lead at 10-8 and at 13-11, earned two single lights for gold.

Top eight results are as follows:

Y12 Women’s Foil National Championships
1. Jaelyn Liu (Plano, Texas / Fencing Institute of Texas)
2. Kaitlyn Tan (Winchester, Mass. / Gold Fencing Club)
3. Irene Seo (South Hackensack, N.J. / Gutkovskiy Fencing Academy)
3. Rebecca Cho (Norwood, N.J. / Top Fencing Club)
5. Joy Zhaoyi Liu (Irvine, Calif. / Golubitsky Fencing Center)
6. Alexandra Nissinoff (Colts Neck, N.J. / Premier Fencing Club)
7. Iris Yang (Scarsdale, N.Y. / Tim Morehouse Fencing Club)
8. Caterina Fedeli (Alpharetta, Ga. / Epic Fencing Club)

Y12 Women’s Epee National Championships
1. Alexandra Rakhovski (Brooklyn, N.Y. / New York Fencing Academy)
2. Nour Azmeh (Lexington, Mass. /Olympia Fencing Center)
3. Ashley Nguyen (Great Neck, N.Y. / North Shore Fencers Club)
3. Catherine Witter (Fairfax, Va. / Fencing Sports Academy)
5. Regina Lee (Azusa, Calif. /Swords Fencing Studio)
6. Alysa Jakel (Bethesda, Md. / DC Fencers Club)
7. Olivia Lee (Torrance, Calif. / Swords Fencing Studio)
8. Anda Wattanakit (Dunlap, Ill. / Peoria Fencing Academy)

Y12 Women’s Saber National Championships
1. Angelina Tse (San Francisco, Calif. / Halberstadt Fencers’ Club)
2. Katie Jeong (Edgewater, N.J. / Bergen Fencing Club)
3. Alexandra Lemus-Iakovidou (Kennesaw, Ga. / Nellya Fencers)
3. Alexandra Krivosheev (Peachtree Corners, Ga. / Nellya Fencers)
5. Natalie Tsui (New York, N.Y. / Manhattan Fencing Center)
6. Brynnley McKee (Darien, Conn. / Tim Morehouse Fencing Club)
7. Kirsten Buhay (Castle Rock, Colo. / Fencing Academy of Denver)
8. Alexandra Medvinsky (Wellesley, Mass. / Dynamo Fencing Center)

Y12 Men’s Foil National Championships
1. Jeidus Deseranno (Grosse Point Shores, Mich. / Renaissance Fencing Club)
2. Luao Yang (Broomfield Hills, Mich. / Renaissance Fencing Club)
3. Michael Lin (Herndon, Va. / Fencing Sports Academy)
3. Matthew Li (Herndon, Va. / AIC Fencing Club)
5. Jayden Hooshi (Old Westbury, N.Y. / East Coast Fencing Club)
6. Nathan Canlas (Woodland Hills, Calif. / United Fencing Academy)
7. James Lin (Basking Ridge, N.J. / Gutkovskiy Fencing Academy)
8. Anthony Kang (Moraga, Calif. / Massialas Foundation)

Y12 Men’s Epee National Championships
1. David Dodin (Brooklyn, N.Y. / New York Fencing Academy)
2. Dylan Kats (Brooklyn,N.Y. / New York Fencing Academy)
3. Biaya Tiya (Atlanta, Ga.)
3. Nathaniel Wimmer (McLean, Va. / Penta Olympic Fencing Club)
5. Inwoo Lee (Las Vegas, Nev. / Battle Born Fencing Club)
6. Nicholas Iarikov (Brooklyn, N.Y. / New York Fencing Academy)
7. Nathan Kim (Irvine, Calif. / Swords Fencing Studio)
8. Ethan Zaydman (Brooklyn, N.Y. / New York Fencing Academy)

Y12 Men’s Saber National Championships
1. Daniel Holz (Sacramento, Calif. / Premier Fencing Academy)
2. Emilio Gonzalez (New York, N.Y. / Tim Morehouse Fencing Club)
3. Alex Huang (Totowa, N.J. / Lilov Fencing Academy)
3. Landon Su (Yorktown, Va. / Miracle Fencing Club)
5. Dylan Yang (Sacramento, Calif. / Premier Fencing Academy)
6. Michael Andres (Rolling Hills Estates, Calif. / South Bay Fencing Academy)
7. Samuel Sugiura (Nyack, N.Y. / Thrust Fencing Academy)
8. Devyn Anthony (Hoboken, N.J. / Cobra Fencing Club)

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