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Team USA Fencers Earn a Pair of Individual Medals as Race for Paris Heats Up

11/11/2023, 11:30am CST
By Bryan Wendell & Nicole Kirk

In the first weekend of the senior FIE season, Alexander Massialas OLY earned gold in Turkey, while Margherita Guzzi Vincenti secured her first career World Cup medal with a gold in Italy.

Photos by #BizziTeam

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The 2023-24 senior FIE season is here at last, and Team USA is looking sharp.

In the Men’s Foil World Cup in Istanbul, world No. 1 Alexander Massialas OLY (Massialas Foundation — M Team) earned a gold medal — his ninth career gold at an FIE World Cup or Grand Prix event and fourth gold medal in the calendar year. 

And in the Women’s Epee World Cup in Legnano, Italy, Margherita Guzzi Vincenti (Ataba Fencing Club) also earned gold, breaking through with her first career medal at a senior-level World Cup or Grand Prix. The 2010 NCAA champion and 2014 Division I Women’s Epee national champion will see this result as a huge step toward her dream of representing Team USA at the 2024 Olympics.

In her journey to the top of the medal stand, Guzzi Vincenti defeated an impressive lineup of women, including Tokyo team gold medalist and individual bronze medalist Katrina Lehis. Her gold is the second ever individual gold medal at a Women’s Epee world cup for Team USA (the other was Anna Van Brummen’s gold at the 2016 Suzhou World Cup in China). 

While our medalists grab the headlines, the weekend also saw impressive finishes for a number of Team USA athletes, including top 16 results for Tatiana Nazlymov, Maia Chamberlain, Colin Heathcock and Eli Dershwitz OLY at the Alger World Cup in Algeria and a 13th-place finish for Jonas Hansen at the Bern World Cup in Switzerland.

Congratulations to these fencers and all who competed this weekend. And we can’t forget the teams behind the team — coaches, sports med providers, parents, teammates, clubmates and everyone else who ensures our athletes are at their best month after month.

Full Individual Results from the Weekend

Istanbul World Cup

Men's Foil — Individual
Gold : Alexander Massialas OLY
17th: Gerek Meinhardt OLY
18th: Nick Itkin OLY
21st: Miles Chamley-Watson OLY
33rd: Chase Emmer
45th: Bryce Louie
48th: Ethan Gassner
55th: Marcello Olivares
65th: James Bourtis
69th: Sidarth Kumbla
172nd: Samarth Kumbla
194th: Andrew Chen

Legnano World Cup

Women’s Epee — Individual
Gold : Margherita Guzzi Vincenti
20th: Kat Holmes OLY
38th: Kasia Nixon
47th: Isis Washington
72nd: Anne Cebula
83rd: Charlene Liu
99th: Natalia Toby
124th: Francesca Bassa
127th: Sharika Gajjala
132nd: Michaela Joyce
143rd: Hadley Husisian
199th: Ketki Ketkar

Alger World Cup

Women's Saber — Individual
7th: Tatiana Nazlymov
12th: Maia Chamberlain
33rd: Magda Skarbonkiewicz
34th: Elizabeth Tartakovsky
39th: Kara Linder
59th: Maggie Shealy
61st: Lola Possick
86th: Siobhan Sullivan
113th: Vera Kong
122nd: Chloe Fox-Gotmer
126th: Zoe Kim
128th: Nora Burke

Men's Saber — Individual
7th: Colin Heathcock
9th: Eli Dershwitz OLY
22nd: Antonio Heatchock
28th: Andrew Doddo
37th: Mitchell Saron
38th: Daryl Homer OLY
55th: Grant Williams
57th: Andrew Mackiewicz OLY
61st: Filip Dolegwicz
85th: Josef Cohen
90th: Kahlil Thomspon OLY
150th: Jared Smith

Bern World Cup

Men's Epee — Individual
13th: Jonas Hansen
51st: Tristan Szapary
55th: Dylan Nollner
76th: Nicholas LAwson
110th: Ari Simmons
134th: Sam Imrek
163rd: Yeisser Ramirez
185th: Stephen Ewart
191st: Ethan Kushnerik
199th: ChrIstopher Chong
215th: Sean White
235th: Mihir Kumashi

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