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Kasia Nixon Wins Cadet Gold, Lewis Weiss Takes Junior Bronze in Gothenburg

02/04/2014, 8:00pm CST
By Nicole Jomantas

Junior bronze medalist Lewis Weiss and cadet gold medalist Kasia Nixon. Photo Credit: Tyler Jacobson.

Lewis Weiss and Coach Andrey Geva. Photo Credit: Tyler Jacobson

(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – Kasia Nixon (Los Angeles, Calif.) became the first U.S. woman ever to win gold at the Gothenburg Epee Cadet European Cup in Sweden on Saturday.

Nixon, a 2013 Cadet World Team member, won all six of her pool bouts to earn the fifth seed in the direct elimination tables and a bye into the table of 64 where she defeated teammate Camille Esnault (Cupertino, Calif.), 15-7.

In the table of 32, Nixon defeated Francesca Cugini (ITA), 9-7.

She advanced to the quarter-finals for the second time this season after a 15-9 win over Pauline Hamilton (Colorado Springs, Colo.)

Nixon secured a trip to the podium after a 15-11 win against Camille Nabeth (FRA) in the quarters and advanced to the gold medal final after a 15-13 win against 2013 Cadet European Team Champion Eleonora De Marchi (ITA).

In the gold medal final, Nixon and Fanny Depanian (FRA) were tied at nine touches each at the end of the third period when the bout was sent to overtime. Nixon won priority, but didn’t need the advantage as she scored the last touch to win the bout, 10-9, over the No. 3 women’s epee fencer in Cadet European Rankings.

This is the second Cadet European Cup medal for Nixon who won bronze at the 2012 tournament in Grenoble and is expected to secure a berth on her second Cadet World Team.

A 2013 Junior World Team member, Lewis Weiss (Houston, Texas) used a bronze medal win in the men’s Junior World Cup to catapult himself from fifth to first in the Junior Men’s Epee National Team standings as he attempts to lock down a position on a second Junior World Team.

Weiss, who finished sixth at the first Junior World Cup of the season in Bratislava, finished the pools with a 5-1 record to earn a bye into the table of 128 where he defeated Erik Nilsson (SWE), 15-13.

Weiss edged Nelson Lopez-Pourtier (FRA), 15-14, in the table of 64 and defeated Nicholas Beaumont (GBR), 15-7, in the table of 32.

In the table of 16, Weiss won his bout against Elia Dagani (SUI) by a touch, 15-14, to advance to the quarter-finals where he defeated Lukas Bellmann (GER), 15-9.

Weiss lost his semifinal bout to 2013 Junior World medalist Yulen Pereira (ESP), 15-11, but took home his first Junior World Cup bronze medal.

Gothenburg Men’s Epee Junior World Cup
1. Gabriele Cimini (ITA)
2. Yulen Pereira (ESP)
3. Loic Varela (FRA)
3. Lewis Weiss (Houston, Texas)
5. Ariel Drizin (ISR)
6. Philip Marsh (GBR)
7. Lukas Bellmann (GER)
8. Antoine Srecki (FRA)

13. Justin Yoo (La Verne, Calif.)
22. Gabriel Canaux (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
28. Samuel Koch (San Francisco, Calif.)
30. Joshua Cole (Chappaqua, N.Y.)
50. James Salem (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
66. Nicholas Hanahan (Indianapolis, Ind.)
70. Charlie Horowitz (Los Angeles, Calif.)
84. Joseph Guinan (River Forest, Ill.)
87. Samuel Freiman (The Woodlands, Texas)
113. Noah Adamitis (Kirkville, N.Y.)

Gothenburg Women’s Epee Cadet European Cup
1. Kasia Nixon (Los Angeles, Calif.)

2. Fanny Depanian (FRA)
3. Eleonora De Marchi (ITA)
3. Elsa Guillon (FRA)
5. Camille Nabeth (FRA)
6. Kim Treudt-Goesser (GER)
7. Vanessa Riedmueller (GER)
8. Lauriane Bodin (FRA)

9. Belinda Mo (Irvine, Calif.)
12. Pauline Hamilton (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
17. Giana Vierheller (Houston, Texas)
18. Farrah Lee-Elabd (San Antonio, Texas)
21. Charlene Liu (Bridgewater, N.J.)
27. Madeline Antekeier (Houston, Texas)
33. Sharon Ra (New City, N.Y.)
42. Michelle Nam (New York, N.Y.)
43. Saanchi Kukadia (Manhasset, N.Y.)
43. Alexandria Micek (Houston, Texas)
51. Camille Esnault (Cupertino, Calif.)
59. Brooke SIrico (Bowie, Md.)
77. Hana Lee (Las Vegas, Nev.)
83. Taly Yukelson (Cupertino, Calif.)
96. Greta Candreva (Katonah, N.Y.)
98. Elise Gout (Encinitas, Calif.)

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