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North American Cup Day 3 Results

11/14/2011, 11:27am CST
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(Austin, Texas) – Following a top eight finish at the Senior World Championships in October and a gold medal Pan Am Championships win in July, Sunday marked the first domestic event for 18-year-old Race Imboden (Brooklyn, N.Y.) since winning the Division I National Championships in April.

Now ranked 11th in the world as a senior, Imboden returned to junior competition at the North American Cup where he took gold in the U20 foil event on Sunday at the Austin Convention Center.

Imboden had little difficulty earning the six bout wins he needed to advance to the gold medal final against 18-year-old Michael Dudey (Bellaire, Texas) who took a 4-2 lead early in the bout. Imboden remained unfazed and built a 7-5 lead at the break before going on to win the bout, 15-7.

Although many might ask why Imboden chose to compete in a junior domestic event, he maintained that the reason was quite simple and had nothing to do with chasing ranking points or adding another title to his resume.

“It’s my age group. These are the guys I’m going to compete against my whole life and they’re just as much competition as anywhere else in the world,” Imboden said.

With the Senior World Cup season set to begin in February, Imboden said he’s been working on conditioning since his return from the Senior Worlds in Catania and is looking forward to competing at the Olympic test event in London over Thanksgiving weekend.

“I’ve never done this. I have no idea what to expect, but all of my teammates who went to the test event last cycle said it was great, so I’m looking forward to it,” Imboden said.

Adrienne Jarocki (Middle Village, N.Y.) followed her gold medal win in cadet (U17) saber on Friday with a second title in the junior event on Sunday.

Jarocki upset two members of the 2011 Cadet World Team to advance to the gold medal final as she defeated Margaret McDonald (Atlanta, Ga.), 15-10, in the table of 16 and Francesca Russo (Wayne, N.J.), 15-11, in the semis.

With top seed Skyla Powers (Atlanta, Ga.) eliminated by Russo in the table of 32, Russo’s Bergen Fencing Club teammate, Allison Lee (Saddle River, N.J.) advanced to the finals through the other side of the bracket.

The two kept the bout close as the score stayed within a touch for either fencer, but Jarocki took a late lead and earned the win, 15-12.

“I was a little bit tired from Friday, but I think the first place in cadet definitely made me feel more confident,” said Jarocki who has rapidly ascended the fencing ranks after picking up a saber for the first time less than two years ago. “I came prepared. I did deliberate actions that I knew would work and, even though I was a little fatigued in the morning from cadet, I was able to get over that.”

In a rematch of the cadet foil final at the October NAC in Richmond, Va., Sara Taffel (New York City, N.Y.) faced Eleanor Harvey (CAN) in the gold medal bout after defeating 2011 Budapest Cadet European Cup bronze medalist Sabrina Massialas (San Francisco, Calif.), 12-11, in the semis.

Although Taffel won their bout in Richmond and the beginning of the bout was close, Harvey went on a late run to earn the victory, 15-7.

The reigning Division II National Champion, 14-year-old Calvin Liang (Phoenix, Ariz.) won his first Y14 NAC title on Sunday in men’s saber.

After finishing the pools in a four-way tie for first place, Taffel earned a bye in the table of 128 and won five straight bouts to advance to the gold medal final against Karol Metryka (Linden, N.J.)

With Liang just two touches away from ending the bout as the score sat at 13-9, Metryka made a comeback and closed Liang’s lead to 14-12. It was Liang who scored the final touch, however, to win the bout, 15-12.

A silver medalist at the Pan Am Youth Championships in May, 14-year-old Madeline Antekeier (Houston, Texas) earned her first Y14 epee NAC title on Sunday. Antekeier defeated her Alliance Fencing Academy teammate Sofya Tkachman (Sugar Land, Texas), 15-4, to win gold.

Competition concludes on Monday with the schedule as follows:

Monday, November 14
8:30 a.m.
Cadet Men’s Epee
Junior Men’s Saber
Y14 Women’s Foil

1:30 p.m.
Cadet Women’s Epee

Click here to view complete results. Top eight results are as follows:

Junior Men’s Foil
1. Race Imboden (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
2. Michael Dudey (Bellaire Texas)
3. Eli Schenkel (Los Angeles, Calif.)
3. Jerry Chang (Mountain View, Calif.)
5. Axel Kiefer (Lexington, Ky.)
6. Adam Elkassas (Du Bois, Pa.)
7. Brian Kaneshige (Maplewood, N.J.)
8. James Weiss (Somers, N.Y.)

Junior Women’s Saber
1. Adrienne Jarocki (Middle Village, N.Y.)
2. Allison Lee (Saddle River, N.J.)
3. Francesca Russo (Wayne, N.J.)
3. Alexas Antipas (Stony Brook, N.Y.)
5. Rachel Kalina (New York City, N.Y.)
6. Celina Merza (Wayne, N.J.)
7. Emma Keehan (Schenectady, N.Y.)
8. Sophie Keehan (Schenectady, N.Y.)

Cadet Women’s Foil
1. Eleanor Harvey (CAN)
2. Sara Taffel (New York City, N.Y.)
3. Iman Blow (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
3. Sabrina Massialas (San Francisco, Calif.)
5. Bryce Koester (Colleyville, Texas)
6. Elyssa Kleiner (San Francisco, Calif.)
7. Jessie Laffey (Jersey City, N.J.)
8. Stefani Kahookele (San Francisco, Calif.)

Y14 Men’s Saber


1. Calvin Liang (Phoenix, Ariz.)
2. Karol Metryka (Linden, N.J.)
3. Samuel Kwong (Los Altos Hills, Calif.)
3. Royce Wang (San Jose, Calif.)
5. James Giles (Sacramento, Calif.)
6. Julian Merchant (New Rochelle, N.Y.)
7. Jayson Smith (Ladera Ranch, Calif.)
8. Benjamin Natanzon (Manalapan, N.J.)

Y14 Women’s Epee
1. Madeline Antekeier (Houston, Texas)
2. Sofya Tkachman (Sugar Land, Texas)
3. Farrah Lee-Elabd (San Antonio, Texas)
3. Camille Esnault (Cupertino, Calif.)
5. Julia Smith (Washington, D.C.)
6. Charlene Liu (Bridgewater, N.J.)
7. Barbara VanBenthuysen (Woodlands, Texas)
8. Marielle Luke (Anchorage, Alaska)

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