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Summer Nationals Day 2 Results

07/03/2011, 4:11am CDT
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(Reno, Nev.) – Turner Caldwell (San Francisco, Calif.) battled through injuries on Saturday to win gold at the USA Fencing National Championships and North American Cup at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center on Saturday.

Although Caldwell, the 2010 Junior National Champion, injured his back two weeks ago at the Havana World Cup, he persevered through a field of 236 fencers to win gold medal in the U19 foil event.  Caldwell advanced out of the pools and won four bouts to qualify for the quarter-finals where he defeated his Massialas Foundation at Halberstadt teammate Nobuo Bravo (San Francisco, Calif.), 15-11.

“We know how to fence each other really well so you have to go about it differently. When you’re fencing your teammates, you kind of know what to expect and it really just comes down to who’s fencing better on that day,” Caldwell said.  

Caldwell won both of his next two bouts with little difficulty, defeating Barrett Weiss (Barrington, R.I.), 15-8, and Stephen Mageras (Darien, Conn.), 15-7, in the semifinals and finals.

The win was Caldwell’s first return to junior competition after spending most of the last six weeks fencing g on the senior circuit.

“It’s very different. The last two events I fenced were Cuba and the Seoul World Cup and coming back and fencing a national junior competition is a lot different because the game’s so much faster internationally and everybody’s much bigger in seniors, so you have to adjust to that,” Caldwell said.  

In the U19 men’s team saber division, Michael Josephs (Chevy Chase, Md.), Dylan Yui (Tacoma Park, Md.), Eugene Chung (Olney, Md.) and Reed Srere (Washington, D.C.) represented the DC Fencers Club to win gold.

After earning victories over Lone Star Fencers Club, 45-28; Manhattan Fencing Center Team 1, 45-43; and the Oregon Fencing Alliance, 45-35, the DC Fencers Club advanced to the finals against Hristov-Csikany Fencers.

The DC Fencers led throughout the first four bouts as Chung, Josephs and Srere built a 20-12 lead. In the fifth, however, Hristov-Csikany’s John Hallsten (Sacramento, Calif.) scored 13 touches against Srere to take the lead, 25-23. During the next two bouts, Josephs and Srere kept the gap to within two touches. After the eighth bout between Chung and 2011 Junior Olympic Champion Kaito Streets (Redwood City, Calif.), the Hristov-Csikany Fencers had a one-touch lead – 40-39 – with Josephs and Hallsten up as the anchors.

Josephs tied the bout at 44 and scored the last touch to win gold for the DC Fencers, 45-44.

Hallsten, Streets and their teammates Isaac Buchwald (El Granada, Calif.) and Kalan Miurrelle (Davis, Calif.) earned the silver medal.

In the bronze medal match, the Oregon Fencing Alliance outscored the Manhattan Fencing Center Team 2 held a lead throughout seven of the first eight bouts as OFA’s Michael Wiest (Portland, Ore.) and MFC Team 2’s Rienzi Gokea (New York City, N.Y.) took the finals strip.

With a four-touch lead following the eighth bout between Sean Moran (Beaverton, Ore.) and Christofer Ahn (Houston, Texas), Wiest held on to outscore Gokea, 5-2, to win the match, 45-38.

Wiest and Moran were joined on the podium by teammates Jeffrey Larsen (Portland, Ore.) and Eric Piispanen (Portland, Ore.)

In individual competition, 15-year-old Lena Johnson (Peachtree City, Ga.) won her first NAC title in the U16 division. Johnson defeated Adrienne Jarocki (Middle Village, N.Y.), 15-10, and Regina Chen (Cupertino, Calif.), 15-7, in the quarter and semifinals, respectively.

In the finals, Johnson and Sophie Keehan (Schenectady, N.Y.) were tied at five during the first period, but Johnson scored three touches to Keehan’s one to bring the score to 8-6 at the break. In the second period, Johnson built on her lead until she won the bout, 15-10.

After winning gold in the Y14 epee at this event in 2010, 15-year-old Matthew McGrath (Maricopa, Ariz.) won the U16 epee title on Saturday. McGrath held his all three of his opponents in the medal rounds to single digits.

In the quarter-finals, McGrath defeated Adam Frank (Salem, Ore.), 15-4. After a 15-9 semifinal win over Juan Barzallo (Peoria, Ill.), McGrath won his final bout against Jake Raynis (Chatsworth, Calif.) to win gold.

A silver medalist in the Y14 epee division at the 2010 Summer Nationals, Jennifer Horowitz (Los Angeles, Calif.) won her first National Championship title in the division on Saturday. Horowtiz won her quarter-final against Annie Morelli (Brooklyn, N.Y.), 15-9, and her semifinal bout against Amanda Han (Las Vegas, Nev.), 15-12, to advance to the gold medal bout.

Horowitz and Yun were tied at six touches each after the first three-minute period and the score stayed within a touch until Yun took the lead, 13-12. Horowitz tied the bout at 13 and scored the next two touches to win gold, 15-13.

Alexandra Park (Tarzana, Calif.) followed her bronze medal win at the Pan Am Youth Championships in May with her first North American Cup gold in the Y10 foil division. Park advanced to the final bout against Natalie Minarik (Glen Oaks, N.Y.) where she won their first encounter in the best-of-three series, 5-0. Minarik regrouped in the second encounter and tied the score at four before Park earned the last touch to win the encounter, 5-4.

Competition continues on Sunday at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center with the schedule as follows:

8:30 a.m.
U16 Men’s Foil
U16 Women’s Epee
Y12 Women’s Saber

10 a.m.
U19 Women’s Team Saber

U19 Men’s Team Epee

2 p.m.
U19 Women’s Foil

2:30 p.m.
U19 Men’s Saber

3 p.m.
Y12 Men’s Epee

Top eight results for each division are as follows:

Men’s U19 Foil
1. Turner Caldwell (San Francisco, Calif.)
2. Stephen Mageras (Darien, Conn.)
3. Barrett Weiss (Barrington, R.I.)
3. Max Blitzer (Staten Island, N.Y.)
5. Christopher Colley (Portland, Ore.)
6. Nobuo Bravo (San Francisco, Calif.)
6. Leland Bernstein (Fremont, Calif.)
8. Wilifred Curioso (Barrington, R.I.)

Men’s U16 Epee
1. Matthew McGrath (Maricopa, Ariz.)
2. Jake Raynis (Chatsworth, Calif.)
3. Juan Barzallo (Peoria, Ill.)
3. Inaki DeGuzman (Fairfax, Va.)
5. Spencer Amann (Westminster, Colo.)
6. Harrison MacRae (Chicago, Ill.)
7. Adam Frank (Salem, Ore.)
8. John Cramerus (Sugar Land, Texas)

Women’s U16 Saber
1. Lena Johnson (Peachtree City, Ga.)
2. Sophie Keehan (Schenectady, N.Y.)
3. Francesca Russo (Wayne, N.Y.)
3. Regina Chen (Cupertino, Calif.)
5. Adrienne Jarocki (Middle Village, N.Y.)
6. Allison Lee (Saddle River, N.J.)
7. Erica Zhao (Plano, Texas)
8. Yelizaveta Sapozhnikov (Sudbury, Mass.)

Women’s Y14 Epee
1. Jennifer Horowitz (Los Angeles, Calif.)
2. Audrey Yun (Fullerton, Calif.)
3. Madeline Kehl (Valencia, Calif.)
3. Amanda Han (Las Vegas, Nev.)
5. Annie Morelli (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
6. Kasia Nixon (Los Angeles, Calif.)
7. Signe Ferguson (New York City, N.Y.)
8. Helen Sakharova (Ridgewood, N.J.)

Women’s Y10 Foil
1. Alexandra Park (Tarzana, Calif.)
2. Natalie Minarik (Glen Oaks, N.Y.)
3. Melissa Du (Short Hills, N.J.)
3. Ariana Mangano (Colts Neck, N.J.)
5. Rachel Zhang (Bedford , Mass.)
6. Cynthia Liu (Brookline, Mass.)
7. Kaitlyn Tran (San Francisco, Calif.)
8. Zoe Barnette (Austin, Texas)

Men’s U19 Team Saber
1. DC Fencers Club
2. Hristov-Csikany Fencers
3. Oregon Fencing Alliance
4. Manhattan Fencing Center Team 2
5. Manhattan Fencing Center Team 1
6. Zeta
7. Midwest Fencing Academy
8. FASJ1

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