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Karolina Nixon Wins First Junior World Cup Title, Team USA Wins Epee Gold

11/26/2018, 10:15am CST
By Nicole Jomantas

Gold medalists Greta Candreva, Karolina Nixon, Emily Vermeule and Ariana Mangano with Coach Alex Zurabishvili.

(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – Eighteen-year-old Karolina Nixon (Los Angeles, Calif.) won her first ever Junior World Cup title on Saturday taking gold in women’s epee in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

2018 San Juan Junior World Cup Results

Nixon would return to the top of the podium on Sunday with teammates Greta Candreva (Katonah, N.Y.), Emily Vermeule (Cambridge, Mass.) and Ariano Mangano (Colts Neck, N.J.) as the No. 2-ranked team in the world won earned its fourth straight medal at a Junior World Cup.

In the individual event, Nixon defeated 2018 Senior Pan Am bronze medalist Zi Shan Guo (CAN), 15-6, in the table of 32 and won her bout against 17-year-old Vermeule, the 2018 Cadet World silver medalist, by a 15-9 score in the 16.

Nixon edged two-time individual Junior World Cup medalist Karoliine Loit (EST), 15-14, to guarantee a position on the podium alongside 16-year-old Candreva and 17-year-old Lola Constantino (Warren, N.J.)

Candreva, a 2017 Junior World team bronze medalist, defeated Kei Chiba (JPN), 15-8, and Andra Talen (EST), 15-6, in the first two direct elimination rounds.

Candreva defeated 16-year-old Claire Beddingfield (Los Angeles, Calif.), 7-3, in the quarter-finals to secure her second career individual Junior World Cup medal.

Fencing for the first time on the Junior World Cup circuit, Constantino won her table of 32 bout against Rose Grisham (GBR), 15-9, and edged two-time Junior Pan Am medalist Sofia Komar (Laurence Harbor, N.J.), 15-14, in the 16.

Constantino qualified for the semis with a 15-10 win over Elizabeth Medina (MEX).

In the semis, Nixon held on for a 15-13 win against Alexandra Powell (GBR) and Candreva bested Constantino, 8-3.

Fencing Candreva for the first time in international competition, Nixon earned the win, 15-9, to take gold.

Nixon’s finish allowed her to tighten her hold on the No. 4 position in the Junior National Point Standings as she aims to qualify for the 2019 Junior World Team, following in the footsteps of older sister Kasia Nixon (Los Angeles, Calif.) who won silver at the 2017 Junior Worlds and bronze at the 2014 Cadet Worlds. Candreva remains No. 1 in the nation with Mangano, who placed seventh in San Juan, as the No. 2 and Vemeule in third.

Nixon, Candreva, Vemeule and Mangano fenced together in the team event on Sunday, earning a bye into the semis as the top seed in the field.

After winning or tying five of the first eight bouts, the U.S. team held a five-touch lead over Canada at 27-22 going into Candreva’s anchor bout against Guo. Candreva won the fast-paced bout, 10-7, to give Team USA a 37-29 victory.

In the gold medal final against Estonia, the Americans won or tied six of the first eight bouts, but held just a one-touch lead at 31-30. Candreva took on Loit in the anchor bout and pulled away to secure the win at 38-35.

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

San Juan Women’s Individual Epee Junior World Cup
1. Karolina Nixon (Los Angeles, Calif.)
2. Greta Candreva (Katonah, N.Y.)
3. Lola Constantino (Warren, N.J.)

3. Alexandra Powell (GBR)
5. Claire Beddingfield (Los Angeles, Calif.)
6. Karoliine Loit (EST)
7. Ariana Mangano (Colts Neck, N.J.)
8. Elizabeth Medina (MEX)

9. Emily Vermeule (Cambridge, Mass.)
10. Sophia Komar (Laurence Harbor, N.J.)
13. Chloe Daniel (Sierra Madre, Calif.)
17. Jaclyn Khrol (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
18. Megan Eno (Salem, Ore.)
21. Miriam Grady (Broomfield, Colo.)
29. Lake Sheffield (Brooklyn, N.Y.)

San Juan Women’s Team Epee Junior World Cup
1. USA

2. Estonia
3. Canada
4. Great Britain
5. Japan
6. Puerto Rico

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