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Team USA Wins Women’s Epee Bronze at World University Games

07/08/2015, 2:15pm CDT
By Nicole Jomantas

Women's team epee bronze medalists Amanda Sirico, Jessie Radanovich, Danielle Henderson and Nina Van Loon.

(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – The U.S. Women’s Epee Team won the first team fencing medal for the United States at the World University Games in Gwangju, Korea on Tuesday.

Anchored by Notre Dame freshman and 2014 Junior World team silver medalist Amanda Sirico (Bowie, Md.), the squad included Sirico’s 2014 Junior World teammate Nina Van Loon (Boulder, Colo. / Harvard University), 2012 Cadet World medalist Jessie Radanovich (Tollhouse, Calif. / Penn State) and Danielle Henderson (Piskataway, N.J. / University of Pennsylvania).

Sirico turned in a commanding performance in the table of 16 where she scored 14 touches in her first two bouts against Hong Kong before closing out the match with 10 more touches against Ka Mong Chu to give Team USA a 37-29 victory.

In the quarter-finals against China, Van Loon was subbed in during the fifth bout and racked up 21 touches in two bouts two give Team USA a 35-20 lead after the seventh encounter. Henderson outscored Yixuan Xiang, 5-3, in the eighth and Sirico closed the match with a 5-2 win against Wenxue Shao to send Team USA into the medal rounds with a 45-25 win.

Team USA kept the semifinal match close against Russia, but trailed by three touches at 26-23 after the first eight bouts. In the ninth, Sirico posted 10 touches, but was outscored by Yulia Lichagina, 14-10, and Russia took the win, 40-33.

In the bronze medal final, Team USA dominated the match against Italy, winning seven of the first eight bouts. Sirico finished the win for the Americans with 5-3 victory over Nicol Foietta in the final bout for a 45-30 match win.

In the men’s team saber event, reigning NCAA Champion Andrew Mackiewicz (Westwood, Mass. / Penn State) anchored the American squad that also included Michael Josephs (Chevy Chase, Md. / Columbia), Peter Souders (Silver Spring, Md. / Tufts) and Gabe Armijo (San Diego, Calif.)

Not only did Mackiewicz anchor the opening match against Germany, but the two-time Junior World team medalist 23 touches for the Americans en route to a 45-39 victory.

In the quarter-finals, Korea took an early lead and claimed seven of nine bouts to win the match, 45-37.

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

World University Games Women’s Team Epee
1. France
2. Russia
3. USA
4. Italy
5. Korea
6. China
7. Poland
8. Israel

World University Games Men’s Team Saber
1. France
2. Ukraine
3. Korea
4. Poland
5. Italy
6. Russia
7. Japan
8. USA

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