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Hurley Sisters Grab Silver, Bronze in Costa Rica

08/05/2010, 12:57pm CDT
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Three Others Reach Quarterfinals on Third Day of PanAms

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica – Beijing Olympian Kelley Hurley (San Antonio, Texas) won the silver medal in women’s epee on day three of the 2010 Pan American Championships in San Jose, Costa Rica. She defeated her younger sister, Courtney, in the semifinals before falling to Yamilka Rodriguez Quesada of Cuba in the final round.

The 19-year-old Courtney Hurley (San Antonio, Texas) earned a bronze medal. Francesca Bassa (Houston, Texas) and Lindsay Campbell (Brooklyn, N.Y.) finished 8th and 12th, respectively.

Daryl Homer (Bronx, N.Y.) and Mike Etropolski (West Hempstead, N.Y.) reached the quarterfinals of men’s saber, finishing seventh and eighth, respectively. Homer knocked out teammate and Olympic silver medalist Tim Morehouse (Bronx, N.Y.) in the round of 16. Morehouse and Ben Igoe (Staten Island, N.Y.) placed 9th and 11th, respectively.

"Today was a strong showing, but it is always nice to have more athletes on the podium,” said Ro Sobalvarro, Women’s Epee National Team Coach. “Overall, I am very pleased and we are looking forward to the team event now."

Heading into day four, U.S. fencers have amassed two gold medals, two silver and four bronze. Thursday’s slate features women’s team foil and men’s team epee. Lee Kiefer (Lexington, Ky.) and Doris Willette (Lafayette, Calif.) join forces in team foil and hope to add to their individual medals earned on Monday. Two-time Olympian Seth Kelsey (Brush Prairie, Wash.) highlights the U.S. epee fencers competing Thursday. 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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