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Women’s Foil Team Reaches Top of the Podium

08/06/2010, 3:17am CDT
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Men’s Epee Team Earns Bronze on Fourth Day of PanAms

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica – The second half of the 2010 Pan American Championships have begun with team events for women’s foil and men’s epee. The U.S. Women’s Foil Team won the gold medal after beginning the day as the No. 2 seed.

Led by Monday’s individual gold medal winner Lee Kiefer (Lexington, Ky.), Team USA received a first round by before defeating Cuba in the second round and Puerto Rico in the semifinals. Kiefer, bronze medalist Doris Willette (Lafayette, Calif.), Nzingha Prescod (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and Ambika Singh (Skillman, N.J.) combined to take down North American rival Canada in the gold medal final.

The Men’s Epee Team also entered the tournament as the No. 2 seed. Two-time Olympian Seth Kelsey (Brush Prairie, Wash.) led the team to a bronze medal. Kelsey, Cody Mattern (Tigard, Ore.), Ben Bratton (New York, N.Y.) and Ben Ungar defeated the Dominican Republic and Chili before falling to Canada in the semifinal round.

Heading into day five, Team USA have amassed three gold medals, two silver and five bronze. Friday’s slate features women’s team saber and men’s team foil. Two-time Olympic gold medalist Mariel Zagunis (Beaverton, Ore.) will be looking to add to her individual gold medal earned on Tuesday. Individual silver medalist Miles Chamley-Watson (Philadelphia, Pa.) headlines the men’s foil team. Up-to-date results can be found at

The Pan American Championships continue through Saturday. The Championships serve as an individual and team qualifying tournament for the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico.

About U.S. Fencing Association: The United States Fencing Association (USFA) is the recognized NGB for the sport of fencing in the United States. The USFA was founded in 1891 as the Amateur Fencers League of America (AFLA) by a group of New York fencers seeking independence from the Amateur Athletic Union. The AFLA changed its name to the United States Fencing Association in 1981. The USFA is affiliated with the Féderation Internationale d'Escrime (FIE), the international federation for fencing founded in Paris in 1913. The USFA was incorporated as a non-profit corporation in Pennsylvania in 1964 and in Colorado in 1993 in compliance with the Amateur Sports Act and opened its national office at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. in August of 1982. For more visit, or

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