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Jackie Dubrovich Wins Gold at Bratislava Foil Junior World Cup

11/17/2013, 8:30pm CST
By Nicole Jomantas

Jackie Dubrovich and Coach Stas Gutkovskiy. Photo Credit: Greg Massialas

Gold medalist Jackie Dubrovich (center) with top-eight finishers Sara Taffel and Sabrina Massialas. Photo Credit: Greg Massialas

(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – After winning bronze in Lyon in February, Jackie Dubrovich (Riverdale, N.J.) made her second Junior World Cup medal of the year a gold one on Saturday at the Foil Junior World Cup in Bratislava, Slovakia.

The Columbia sophomore and three-time Junior World Championship team medalist went undefeated in the pools to earn the 10th seed in the direct elimination tables and a bye into the table of 64.

Dubrovich won her opening bout against Aarya Berthier (SIN), 15-4, and defeated Flora Pasztor (HUN), 15-8, in the table of 32.

In the table of 16, Dubrovich earned a 13-4 victory against Ekaterina Petrova (RUS).

Dubrovich was one of three Americans to reach the quarter-finals as two of her former Junior and Cadet World teammates both placed in the top eight.

Sabrina Massialas (San Francisco, Calif.), a silver medalist at the 2013 Cadet Worlds, advanced to the quarters of a Junior World Cup for the first time, but lost the bout to Viktoria Alexeeva (RUS), 15-12.

Sara Taffel (New York City, N.Y.), a Columbia freshman and 2012 Cadet World silver medalist, finished just behind Massialas in seventh place. Fencing 2013 Junior World medalist Francesca Palumbo (ITA), Taffel lost her quarter-final bout, 15-5.

Dubrovich took an 11-9 win in the quarters over Kristina Samsonova (RUS) and defeated Alexeeva, 15-8, in the semifinals.

In the gold medal final, Dubrovich face Palumbo in a rematch of their quarter-final from the 2013 Junior Worlds where Palumbo kept Dubrovich from winning an individual medal.

This time, Dubrovich kept the bout close and held the Italian to a 3-3 tie at the end of regulation. In the sudden death overtime period, it was Dubrovich who scored first to win the bout, 4-3, and take gold.

Bratislava Women’s Foil Junior World Cup
1. Jackie Dubrovich (Riverdale, N.J.)

2. Francesca Palumbo (ITA)
3. Viktoria Alexeeva (RUS)
3. Chloe Jubenot (FRA)
5. Svetlana Tripapina (RUS)
6. Sabrina Massialas (San Francisco, Calif.)
7. Sara Taffel (New York City, N.Y.)

8. Kristina Samsonova (RUS)

15. Margaret Lu (Greenwich, Conn.)
30. Stefani Deschner (Mechanicsville, Ga.)
31. Naomi Popkin (Ridgewood, N.J.)
36. MW McElwee (San Francisco, Calif.)
48. Eliza Klyce (San Francisco, Calif.)
66. Kate Northrop (Bridgewater, N.J.)
86. Morgan Partridge (Swansea, Mass.)
96. Jessie Laffey (Glen Ridge, N.J.)
115. Amanda Lalezarian (Syosset, N.Y.)

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