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Junior Olympic Championships Come to Cleveland, Feb. 12-15

02/11/2016, 8:30pm CST
By Nicole Jomantas

Axel Kiefer, a 2014 Junior World team silver medalist, will be competing in the junior men's foil event in Cleveland. Photo Credit: Nicole Jomantas

(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – Nearly 1,800 of the best junior (U20) and cadet (U17) fencers in the nation will compete at the Junior Olympic Fencing Championships in Cleveland from Feb. 12-15.

National Champions will be crowned in each of the three weapons (epee, foil and saber) for both men and women. In addition to individual junior and cadet titles, team golds also will be on the line with clubs from around the nation dueling for the top spot on the podium.

Competition will be held at the FirstMerit Convention Center of Cleveland, 300 Lakeside Ave. E. Gold medals will be awarded on each of the four days of competition and all events are free and open to the public.

While athletes are fencing for gold in Cleveland, many also will be vying for berths on the U.S. National Team that will compete at the 2016 Junior and Cadet World Championships in April in Bourges, France.

Teams will be selected in Cleveland for each of the following squads: junior men’s epee, junior women’s epee, junior women’s foil, cadet men’s epee, cadet men’s foil, cadet women’s epee and cadet women’s foil.

For the weapons listed above, the top four junior and top three cadet athletes in the National Team Point Standings will be selected to the team. Junior men’s and women’s saber, cadet men’s and women’s saber and junior men’s foil teams will be formally announced after additional ranking events are held later in the month.

Among the athletes to watch in Cleveland are the following seven athletes who are medalists from past Junior and Cadet World Championships:

  • Morgan Partridge (Swansea, Mass. / Women’s Foil), 2015 Junior World team silver medalist
  • Justin Yoo (La Verne, Calif. / Men’s Epee), 2014 Junior World bronze and Cadet World silver medalist
  • Axel Kiefer (Lexington, Ky. / Men’s Foil), 2014 Junior World team silver medalist
  • Sam Moelis (Hewlett, N.Y. / Men’s Foil), 2015 Cadet World Champion
  • Sylvie Binder (Armonk, N.Y. / Women’s Foil ), 2015 Cadet World bronze medalist
  • Kasia Nixon (Los Angeles, Calif. / Women’s Epee), 2014 Cadet World bronze medalist
  • Ari Simmons (Bellaire, Texas / Men’s Epee), 2013 Cadet World Champion

Click here to view a complete list of competitors, including at least 68 who hail from throughout Ohio.

The competition schedule is as follows (Note: All times are approximate start times. Rounds run through completion of finals):

Friday, Feb. 12
8:30 a.m.
Cadet Men’s Epee
Junior Team Men’s Saber

1:30 p.m.
Cadet Women’s Foil
Junior Women’s Saber

Saturday, Feb. 13
8:30 a.m.
Cadet Men’s Saber
Junior Women’s Epee

11:30 a.m.
Junior Team Men’s Epee
Junior Team Women’s Foil

2:30 p.m.
Junior Men’s Foil

Sunday, Feb. 14
8:30 a.m.
Junior Men’s Epee
Junior Team Men’s Foil

11:30 a.m.
Cadet Women’s Saber

2 p.m.
Junior Women’s Foil

2:30 p.m.
Junior Team Women’s Epee

Monday, Feb. 15
8:30 a.m.
Cadet Men’s Foil
Cadet Women’s Epee
Junior Men’s Saber

11:30 a.m.
Junior Team Women’s Saber

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