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Day Two from Worlds in Paris

11/05/2010, 4:30am CDT
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For Immediate Release
5 November 2010
Day Two of Worlds, Women Begin Prelims
Day two at the World Championships in Paris, France saw ten US fencers advance to the final phases of their competitions.
The US’s Mariel Zagunis (Beaverton, Ore.), the top seed in the Women’s Saber competition, was exempted from preliminary rounds, as was Dagmara Wozniak (Avenel, N.J.), seeded 13th.
Zagunis will face Margarita Tschomakova of Bulgaria when the competition resumes on Saturday morning. Wozniak will fence Hungary’s Anna Varhelyi.
Ibtihaj Muhammad (Maplewood, N.J.) won five of her six pool bouts and goes into the table of 64 seeded 36th. She will fence Reka Benko of Hungary.  Daria Schneider (Brookline, Mass.) had a pool record of 4-1. Her seed going into tomorrow’s competition is 37; she will face Tunesia’s Azza Besbes.
In the Women’s Foil preliminary rounds, Doris Willette (LaFayette, Calif.) emerged from the pools with a 4-1 record. She was seeded 30th in the tableaux of 64 and will face Mi Jung Seo of Korea on the final day of foil competition, Sunday.
Lee Kiefer (Lexington, Ky.) and Nicole Ross (New York, N.Y.) both went 4-2 in their respective pools. Ross is seeded 37th and will face Kanae Ikehata of Japan in the morning. Kiefer, seeded 36th, will fence Sandra Kleinberger of Austria.
Nzingha Prescod (Brooklyn, N.Y.) won 3 of her 6 bouts and will face a tough bout in Poland’s Karolina Chlewinska, the 18th seed.
In the Women’s Epee event, Courtney and Kelley Hurley (San Antonio, Texas) were the only two US women to advance.
Kelley Hurley had a 3-2 record in her pool round. She defeated Camila Rodrigues of Brazil 15-4 in her only elimination bout and as 48th seed, is scheduled to fence Mara Navarria of Italy when epee fencing resumes on Monday. Courtney Hurley won two of her five bouts. She went on to defeat Corinna Lawrence of Great Britain and will face Yana Shemyakina of the Ukraine on Monday and hold the 61st seed.
Lauren Willock (Astoria, N.Y.) and Lindsey Campbell (Brooklyn, N.Y.) both went 2-4 in their preliminary pools and were eliminated at that stage.
Tomorrow, the Men’s Saber and Women’s Saber individual competitions conclude. Fencing will commence with 15-point direct elimination bouts starting from the round of 64. The competition will be held in the evening in a spectacular event in Paris’s famous Grand Palais, a metallic and glass dome built for the World Fair of 1900.
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