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U.S. Saber and Foil Fencers Advance to Second Day at Cadet Worlds

04/06/2013, 2:30pm CDT
By Nicole Jomantas

(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – The Cadet World Championships began on Saturday with four of six U.S. team members advancing to the second day of competition in Porec, Croatia.

In a new format, the Cadet Worlds began for athletes ages 17 and younger with the men’s saber and women’s foil events opening with the pools and table of 64. Competition will conclude tomorrow with the table of 32 through the final rounds.

Featuring a trio of first-time Cadet World Team members, all three men’s saber fencers advanced out of the pool rounds.

Seventeen-year-old Jonah Shainberg (Rye, N.Y.) posted an undefeated 5-0 result in the pools to earn a seventh seed in the table of 64 where he defeated Alexandros Doukas (GRE), 15-3. Shainberg will fence Russian Aleksandr Vasiaev in the table of 32 with a win there putting him on track for a potential table of 16 bout against his teammate Calvin Liang (Phoenix, Ariz.)

Fifteen-year-old Liang also had a successful start to his first Cadet Worlds with a 5-1 result in the pools and a 15-4 victory in the table of 64 over Abdullah Mady (EGY). On Sunday, Liang will face three-time Cadet World Team member Artsiom Novikau (BLR) in the table of 32.

Although Eddie Chin (Livingston, N.J.) came into the Cadet Worlds ranked fourth in the Cadet European Cup standings, he fell short of advancing to the second day of competition. Chin went 4-1 in the pools, but lost in the table of 64 to Javier Alejandro Hernandez Flores (MEX), 15-14, to finish 37th. At just 16-years-old, Chin still holds one year of eligibility to fence in the Cadet Worlds.

In the cadet women’s foil competition, both of the returning members from the 2012 squad advanced to the second day.

Sixteen-year-old Sabrina Massialas (San Francisco, Calif.) went undefeated in the pools and earned a seventh seed with her 5-0 result. Massialas defeated three-time Cadet World Team member Teona Goglidze (GEO), 15-8, in the table of 64. Massialas will fence Kata Kondricz (HUN) in the table of 32 on Sunday.

Fifteen-year-old Morgan Partridge (Swansea, Mass.) finished 4-2 in the pools and defeated Yvonne Chart (GBR), 15-11, in the table of 64. Partridge will fence Chart’s British teammate, Ayesha Fihosy, in the table of 32.

First-time Cadet World Team member Kate Northrop (Bridgewater, N.J.) finished 3-3 in the pools, but lost her table of 64 bout to Saki Asano (JPN), 15-11. Northrop placed 38th overall and, like her women’s foil teammates, the 15-year-old will be age eligible to fence in the Cadet Worlds in 2014.

The competition schedule on Sunday includes both the cadet men’s saber and women’s foil events as well as the pools and table of 64 rounds of cadet men’s and women’s epee.

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Cadet men’s and women’s epee fencers competing on Sunday include:

Cadet Men’s Epee
Ariel Simmons (Bellaire, Texas)
Jake Raynis (Chatsworth, Calif.)
Gabriel Canaux (Brooklyn, N.Y.)

Cadet Women’s Epee
Amanda Sirico (Bowie, Md.)
Madeline Kehl (Valencia, Calif.)
Kasia Nixon (Los Angeles, Calif.)

Click here to watch the action live on the FIE YouTube Channel. 

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