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U.S. Women’s Epee Team Places Fourth at Junior Worlds

04/15/2013, 6:30am CDT
By Nicole Jomantas

Audrey Abend (left) scores on Nicol Foetta in the bronze medal match against Italy. Photo credit: Serge Timacheff / FIE /

Team USA (L-R): Audrey Abend, Kat Holmes, Nina Van Loon and Anna Van Brummen.

(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – The U.S. Women’s Epee Team fell just short of defending its 2012 Junior World Championships bronze medal when the Americans finished fourth in Porec, Croatia on Sunday.

The U.S. team of Katharine Holmes (Washington, D.C.), Anna Van Brummen (Houston, Texas), Nina Van Loon (Boulder, Colo.) and Audrey Abend (New York City, N.Y.) was seeded third at the start of the tournament and earned a bye into the table of 16 where the squad defeated Japan, 45-35, during the table on Saturday.

In the quarter-finals on Sunday, Team USA dropped just two of nine bouts to Venezuela to earn a 45-26 victory and seemed to be headed for its fifth Junior World medal in six years.

Two blanked bouts by the Americans, however, in the semifinals put Korea out to a 20-10 lead at the end of the fourth bout. Team USA won or tied four of the next five bouts, but couldn’t close the gap and Korea took the match, 45-39.

In the bronze medal match, Team USA started a lineup of three medalists from the 2012 squad – Holmes, Van Loon and Abend.

Although the Americans trailed Italy in the early bouts, Holmes cut the Italians’ lead to two and a score of 19-17 when she outtouched Nicol Foietta, 4-3, in the sixth.

Van Brummen picked apart Eugenia Falqui in the eighth as she held the Italian to just one touch and scored eight of her own to give Team USA a 25-20 lead.

Abend swapped scores with Foietta to hold Team USA’s lead at 30-25 going into the final bout.

Italy was far from ready to give up as the team sent Alberta Santuccio, the #3-ranked junior women’s epee fencer in the world at the end of last season, in as their closer against Holmes. While Holmes scored the opening touch, Santuccio tied the match for Italy at 31 during the first half of the bout. Santuccio went on to have one of the most stunning upset bouts of the day when she outscored Holmes, 20-7, to give Italy its second bronze medal in three years.

The medal rounds for the men’s epee event were held on Sunday as well; however, Team USA was eliminated in the table of 16 on Saturday.

Competition concludes on Monday with the women’s team saber and men’s team foil events.

The U.S. Women’s Saber Team will be anchored by Adrienne Jarocki (Middle Village, N.Y.) who won silver in the individual competition at her first Junior Worlds. Jarocki’s teammates – Sage Palmedo (Portland, Ore.), Skyla Powers (Decatur, Ga.) and Francesca Russo (Wayne, N.J.) – have each fenced on multiple Junior World Teams, but will be aiming for their first medal in the team competition.

London Olympian Alexander Massialas (San Francisco, Calif.) won his first individual title on Friday and has his sights set on a double gold that would be Team USA’s fourth straight title. Massialas’s London teammate, Race Imboden (Brooklyn, N.Y.) was instrumental in winning the last two gold medals with Team USA at this event, including the 2011 Junior Worlds where team fourth Brian Kaneshige (Maplewood, N.J.) also fenced for the U.S. team. Nobuo Bravo (San Francisco, Calif.) will make his debut in the team event, but Bravo has fenced in individual competition at the Junior Worlds this week and the Cadet Worlds in 2011.

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


Junior Women’s Team Epee
1. Russia
2. Korea
3. Italy
4. USA
5. France

6. Hungary
7. Estonia
8. Venezuela


Junior Men’s Team Epee
1. Italy
2. Hungary
3. Spain
4. China
5. France
6. Ukraine

7. Denmark
8. Israel


11. USA

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