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Team USA Arrives in Jordan for Junior and Cadet World Championships

03/27/2011, 7:39am CDT
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(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – Team USA arrived in Amman, Jordan on Saturday for the Cadet and Junior World Championships which begin on Tuesday at the King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre at the Dead Sea. 
 
“Our staff arrived in Jordan early this week to prepare for Team USA’s arrival and things have been going very well so far here in Amman. Everyone has been very welcoming and has gone out of their way to make our team feel at home,” said Team Leader Andrea Lagan (Colorado Springs, Colo). “The first wave of athletes got in yesterday; everything is running smoothly and the venue looks great. Our athletes have been training for months for this event and we’re excited for competition to start.”
 
Competition will begin with the cadet divisions on Tuesday. Junior divisions will begin on Friday and continue through April 6.
 
Team USA includes seven returning medalists from the 2010 Cadet and Junior Worlds – an event in which the United States earned eight medals in individual and team competition.
 
The junior men’s foil team is led by two members of the squad that won gold in 2010. David Willette (Lafayette, Calif.), a silver medalist in the individual junior event, and Alexander Massialas (San Francisco, Calif.), the reigning Cadet World Champion who also competed at the Senior Worlds as a 16-year-old last year, will return to help the team defend its title. Race Imboden (Brooklyn, N.Y.), a 2010 Cadet World medalist, will compete in the junior division for the first time.
 
A sophomore at Penn State, Willette is one of seven members of Team USA who will be travelling to Jordan on the heels of the NCAA Championships in Columbus this weekend where Willette placed third.
Massialas will compete in the cadet division as well where he will aim for a second straight gold medal – a feat which would make him the first U.S. man to win two world titles in the cadet, junior or senior ranks. In his quest to both prepare for Junior Worlds and qualify for the 2012 Olympic Team, Massialas spent much of the last month competing on the World Cup circuit, including the Venice Grand Prix where he upset four-time World Champion Peter Joppich (GER).
 
Reigning Cadet World Champion Lee Kiefer (Lexington, Ky.) and two-time Cadet World Champion Nzingha Prescod (Brooklyn, N.Y.) will join with two-time Cadet World Team member Margaret Lu (Greenwich, Conn.) on the junior women’s foil team. Lu and Prescod will be arriving in Jordan from Hungary where the two teenagers both placed in the top-32 at the Budapest World Cup.
 
The trio of foilists last competed together at the senior Torino Foil World Cup two weeks ago where they placed fifth.  All three women will compete individually in the junior event as well. Kiefer and Lu will fence in the cadet competition on Tuesday where both athletes will be top candidates for podium finishes.
 
In the women’s epee, Katharine Holmes (Washington, D.C.) is the lone returning member from the team that won a silver medal in 2010. A Cadet World silver medalist in 2009 and Youth Olympian in 2010, Holmes is seeking her first individual podium finish in the junior division and could help lead Team USA to its fourth straight medal in the women’s epee team event after a bronze medal finish in 2009 and a silver in 2008.
 
Evan Prochniak (Hudson, N.H.) placed 16th in individual competition in the men’s saber event at the 2010 Junior Worlds, but helped Team USA earn a bronze medal in the team competition and will return as the veteran on this year’s saber team.
 
The competition schedule is as follows:
 
March 29
Cadet Men’s Saber
Eli Dershwitz (Sherborn, Mass.)
Geoffrey Loss (Laguna Beach, Calif.)
Peter Pak (Roslyn, N.Y.)

Cadet Women’s Foil

Lee Kiefer (Lexington, Ky.)
Margaret Lu (Greenwich, Conn.)
Jacqueline Dubrovich (Riverdale, N.J.)

March 30
Cadet Women’s Saber
Skyla Powers (Atlanta, Ga.)
Francesca Russo (Wayne, N.J.)
Margaret McDonald (Atlanta, Ga.)


Cadet Men’s Epee

Alexander Eldeib (Burke, Va.)
Raymond Schorr (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Brian Ro (Scarsdale, N.Y.)

March 31
Cadet Women’s Epee
Anna Van Brummen (Houston, Texas)
Audrey Abend (New York City, N.Y.)
Jessie Radanovich (Tollhouse, Calif.)

Cadet Men’s Foil
Alexander Massialas (San Francisco, Calif.)
Nobuo Bravo (San Francisco, Calif.)
Jerry Chang (Mountain View, Calif.)
April 1
Junior Men’s Saber
Evan Prochniak (Hudson, N.H.)
Sean Buckley (Secaucus, N.J.)
Rhys Douglas (Apache Junction, Ariz.)

Junior Women’s Foil
Lee Kiefer (Lexington, Ky.)
Nzingha Prescod (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
Margaret Lu (Greenwich, Conn.)

April 2
Junior Women’s Saber
Lian Osier (Battle Ground, Wash.)
Skyla Powers (Atlanta, Ga.)
Francesca Russo (Wayne, N.J.)

Junior Men’s Epee
James Kaull (Washington, D.C.)
Michael Raynis (Chatsworth, Calif.)
Edward Kelley (San Antonio, Texas)

April 3
Junior Women’s Epee
Katharine Holmes (Washington, D.C.)
Anna Van Brummen (Houston, Texas)
Audrey Abend (New York City, N.Y.)

Junior Men’s Foil
Alexander Massialas (San Francisco, Calif.)
Race Imboden (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
David Willette (Lafayette, Calif.)

April 4
Junior Men’s Team Saber
Evan Prochniak (Hudson, N.H.)
Sean Buckley (Secaucus, N.J.)
Rhys Douglas (Apache Junction, Ariz.)
Will Spear (Wyantskill, N.Y.)

Junior Women’s Team Foil
Lee Kiefer (Lexington, Ky.)
Nzingha Prescod (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
Margaret Lu (Greenwich, Conn.)
Jacqueline Dubrovich, (Riverdale, N.J.)


April 5

Junior Women’s Team Saber
Lian Osier (Battle Ground, Wash.)
Skyla Powers (Atlanta, Ga.)
Francesca Russo (Wayne, N.J.)
Celina Merza (Wayne, N.J.)

Junior Men’s Team Epee
James Kaull (Washington, D.C.)
Michael Raynis (Chatsworth, Calif.)
Edward Kelley (San Antonio, Texas)
Alexander Eldeib (Burke, Va.) 

April 6
Junior Women’s Team Epee
Katharine Holmes (Washington, D.C.)
Anna Van Brummen (Houston, Texas)
Audrey Abend (New York City, N.Y.)
Jessie Radanovich (Tollhouse, Calif.) 

Junior Men’s Team Foil
Alexander Massialas (San Francisco, Calif.)
Race Imboden (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
David Willette (Lafayette, Calif.)
Brian Kaneshige (Maplewood, N.J.)

 



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