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Katharine Holmes Places Fifth at Junior Worlds

04/12/2013, 11:45pm CDT
By Nicole Jomantas

Katharine Holmes (right) scores a touch during her table of 32 bout against Veronika Zuikova (EST). Photo Credit: Serge Timacheff / FIE /

(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – Fencing at her fourth Junior World Championships, 19-year-old Katharine Holmes (Washington, D.C.) ended her junior fencing career with a fifth-place finish on Thursday in Porec, Croatia.

Holmes, a sophomore at Princeton, was seeded seventh in the direct elimination tables, and held Estonian Veronika Zuikova to a tie at six in the second period of the table of 32. Holmes scored three singles to take a 9-6 lead which grew to 14-8 by the start of the third period. Zuikova singled at the start of the period, but Holmes finished the bout, 15-10, with a double touch.

In the table of 16, Holmes led Sera Song (KOR), 7-6, after the first two periods of the bout. Holmes gave outscored Song, 8-6, in the final period to win the bout, 15-12.

Although Holmes won a silver medal at the 2009 Cadet World Championships, her win over Song put Holmes into the individual quarter-finals for the first time at a Junior Worlds.

Holmes was tied at four against Isabel Di Tella (ARG) going into the final minute of the quarters. Each athlete earned a single touch, followed by a double to bring the score to a tie at six with 42 seconds on the clock. Di Tella broke the tie with a single at the 31 second mark. After another double, Di Tella picked up a single to take a two-touch lead at 9-7.

With 10 seconds remaining, the athletes scored a double and Holmes took a single to cut Di Tella’s lead to 10-9.  In the final five seconds, another double was scored, but the Argentinian held off a final attack by Holmes to counter for a single score and the 12-10 win.

Di Tella went on to win bronze and Holmes finished fifth.

Harvard freshman Nina Van Loon (Boulder, Colo.) also fenced on Thursday. A first-time Junior World Team member, Van Loon lost to eventual silver medalist Auriane Mallo (FRA), 15-4, in the table of 32 and finished in 31st place.

Holmes, Van Loon, Van Brummen and team fourth Audrey Abend (New York City, N.Y.) will compete in the team event on Sunday. As third seeds, the Americans will earn a bye into the table of 16. Holmes, Van Brummen and Abend were all on the team that won bronze in 2012 and Holmes also holds a silver from the 2010 Junior Worlds team competition.

In the men’s epee competition, 18-year-old Lewis Weiss (Houston, Texas) lost to fourth seed Alvaro Banez (ESP), 15-12, in the table of 32 and finished 21st overall.

Weiss and teammates Conor Shepard (Colleyville, Texas) and Alex House (Upton, Mass.) as well as 2013 Cadet World Champion and team fourth Ariel Simmons (Bellaire, Texas) will compete in the team competition on Saturday. Team USA is seeded eighth in the team event and will fence Hong Kong in the table of 32 on Saturday with the goal of advancing to the table of 16 on Sunday.

The preliminary rounds for the men’s foil and women’s saber events also were held on Thursday with all six Americans advancing to the second day of competition.

London Olympians Alexander Massialas (San Francisco, Calif.) and Race Imboden (Brooklyn, N.Y.) both went undefeated in the men’s foil pools with Massialas finishing fourth in the seedings and Imboden ranked fifth.

Imboden defeated Mario Langer (AUT), 15-9, in the table of 64 to set up a table of 32 bout on Friday against U.S. teammate Nobuo Bravo (San Francisco, Calif.), a Penn State freshman, who went 4-1 in the pools and defeated Makoto Ito (JPN), 15-10, in the table of 64. Should Imboden win his first two bouts on Friday, he could fence Massialas in the quarter-finals.

Massialas, a freshman at Stanford, won his table of 64 bout over Cheolwoo Im (KOR), 15-9, and will fence Nikita Nagaev (RUS) in the table of 32.

After placing eighth in the cadet event, 16-year-old women’s saber fencer Sage Palmedo (Portland, Ore.) finished first at the end of the pool rounds with an undefeated (6-0) record. Palmedo earned a bye into the table of 64 where she defeated Linda Ibeth Gonzalez Castellanos (COL), 15-10.

Seventeen-year-old Adrienne Jarocki (Middle Village, N.Y.) went 5-1 in the pools at her first Junior Worlds to earn a #8 seed. Jarocki defeated Russian Tatiana Sukhova, 15-11, to advance to the table of 32.

Fencing at her third Junior World Championships, 2012 Cadet World medalist Skyla Powers (Decatur, Ga.) finished the pools with a 3-2 record. The 17-year-old advanced to the table of 32 after a 15-7 win against Mennatalla Ahmed (EGY).

Women’s saber table of 32 match-ups on Friday are as follows:

·        Palmedo vs. Maria Carreno (VEN)

·        Jarocki vs. Chiara Mormile (ITA)

·        Powers vs. Sofia Ciaraglia (ITA)

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Top eight and U.S. results are as follows:


Junior Men’s Epee
1. Dongdong Sun (CHN)
2. Yulen Pereira (ESP)
3. Segeon Ma (KOR)
3. Andrea Santarelli (ITA)
5. Alvaro Ibanez (ESP)
6. Marco Fichera (ITA)
7. Frederik Von Der Osten (DEN)
8. Ivan Deryabin (KAZ)


21. Lewis Weiss (Houston, Texas)
52. Conor Shepard (Colleyville, Texas)
65. Alex House (Upton, Mass.)


Junior Women’s Epee
1. Tatiana Gudkova (RUS)
2. Auriane Mallo (FRA)
3. Isabel Di Tella (ARG)
3. Katrina Lehis (EST)
5. Katharine Holmes (Washington, D.C.)
6. Yulia Bakhareva (RUS)
7. Alona Komarov (ISR)
8. Yixuan Xiang (CHN)


31. Nina Van Loon (Boulder, Colo.)
34. Anna Van Brummen (Houston, Texas)


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