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Team USA to Compete at World University Games in Russia Beginning on Sunday

07/05/2013, 7:45am CDT
By Nicole Jomantas

(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – Twenty-two of the nation’s best collegiate fencers will represent their schools and Team USA at the World University Games in Kazan, Russia beginning on Sunday.

Team USA includes a lineup of past Junior and Cadet World medalists as well as NCAA finalists.

For Princeton fencers Eliza Stone (Chicago, Ill.) and Kat Holmes (Washington, D.C.), WUGs will be their final competition before fencing at the Senior World Championships in Budapest next month.

Stone, the 2013 NCAA Champion in women’s saber, had a breakout season this year where she followed her NCAA win with a USA Fencing Division I National Championships in April and a silver medal at the Pan Ams  last month.

Holmes, a two-time Junior World Team medalist in epee, also placed second in her debut at the Pan Ams.

In addition to Stones and Holmes, eight U.S. fencers are past U.S. World Team members:

  • Jerry Chang (Mountain View, Calif.  / Harvard / foil), 2012 Junior World Team Champion
  • Ashley Severson (Franklin Lakes, N.J. / Notre Dame / epee), two-time Junior World Team medalist
  • Nobuo Bravo (San Francisco, Calif. / Penn State / foil), 2013 Junior World Team silver medalist
  • Francesca Bassa (Houston, Texas / Stanford / epee), 2009 Junior World Team bronze medalist
  • Nicole Glon (State College, Pa. / Penn State / saber), 2009 Junior World Team member and 2008 Cadet World bronze medalist
  • Jonathan Yergler (Princeton, N.J. / Princeton / epee), two-time Junior World Team member
  •  Alen Hadzic (New York City, N.Y. / Columbia / epee), 2010 Junior World Team member
  • Adrian Bak (Franklin Lakes, N.J. / Penn State / saber), 2008 Cadet World Team member

Many of the U.S. Team members competed in the USA Fencing National Championships and July North American Cup this week in Columbus with Courtney Dumas (Shaker Heights, Ohio / Northwestern) winning her first national title in Division IA women’s epee and Bravo earning the July NAC gold in junior men’s foil.

Competition schedule is as follows:

Sunday, July 7
Men’s Individual Saber
Women’s Individual Epee

Monday, July 8
Men’s Individual Epee
Women’s Individual Foil

Tuesday, July 9
Men’s Individual Foil
Women’s Individual Saber

Wednesday, July 10
Men’s Team Saber
Women’s Team Epee

Thursday, July 11
Men’s Team Epee
Women’s Team Foil

Friday, July 12
Men’s Team Foil
Women’s Team Saber

Complete results will be posted at http://kazan2013.ru/en.

The USA Fencing Team roster is as follows:

Men’s Epee Team
Alen Hadzic (New York City, N.Y. / Columbia)
Narayan Pathi (Las Vegas, Nev. / Ohio State)
Matt Bogard (Westlake, Ohio / Ohio State)
Jonathan Yergler (Princeton, N.J. / Princeton)

Women’s Epee Team
Kat Holmes (Washington, D.C. / Princeton)
Francesca Bassa (Houston, Texas / Stanford)
Courtney Dumas (Shaker Heights, Ohio / Northwestern)
Ashley Severson (Franklin Lakes, N.J. / Notre Dame)

Men’s Foil Team
Jerry Chang (Mountain View, Calif. / Harvard)
Nobuo Bravo (San Francisco, Calif. / Penn State)
Michael Woo (Wayne, N.J. / Harvard)
Max Blitzer (Staten Island, N.Y. / St. John’s)

Women’s Foil Team
Madison Zeiss (Notre Dame, Ind. / Notre Dame)
Olivia Dobbs (Detroit, Mich. / Wayne State)
Luona Wang (Birmingham, Ala. / UPenn)

Men’s Saber Team
Adrian Bak (Franklin Lakes, N.J. / Penn State)
Kaito Streets (Redwood City, Calif. / Penn State)
Donovan Deans (Tempe, Ariz. / Arizona State)
Thomas Kolasa (Princeton, N.J. / Harvard)

Women’s Saber Team
Nicole Glon (State College, Pa. / Penn State)
Eliza Stone (Chicago, Ill. / Princeton)
Gracie Stone (Chicago, Ill. / Princeton)
Kamali Thompson (Teaneck, N.J. / Temple)

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