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Team USA Brings Home Trio of Medals from Heidenheim

11/30/2018, 8:45pm CST
By Kristen Henneman

Heidenheim bronze medalist Jessica Jin and silver medalist Michaela Joyce. Photo Credit: Natalie Dostert.

(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – The Heidenheim Women’s Épée Cadet European Cup was a breakout event for several members of Team USA this past weekend as Michaela Joyce (Sterling, Va.) and Jessica Lin (Basking Ridge, N.J.) won silver and bronze, the first international medals of their careers.

Finishing in the top eight, Amanda Pirkowski (Longwood, Fla.) also earned the best result of her career. In the team event, Team USA brought home bronze.

After winning cadet bronze at the November North American Cup last month, 14-year-old Joyce went a perfect 6-0 in pools and defeated Julia Mukoid (UKR), 15-9, in her first direct elimination bout of the day.

Following a 15-11 victory over Iulia Izzo (SUI) in the table of 64, Joyce bested Sophie Chavigny (FRA), 15-8, to make the top 16 for first time in her career.

But Joyce wasn’t done there, edging out Hana Saito (JPN), 15-12, and Anastasiia Nazarova (RUS), 15-9, to guarantee a medal.

With a 15-12 victory over Lin, Joyce clinched a place in the final, where she came up short to Veronika Bieleszova (CZE), 15-11.

Lin cruised past Anna Chernyshova (UKR), 15-8, in the 128 and advanced to the 32 with a 15-11 victory over teammate Yasmine Khamis (Mckinney, Texas).

In the table of 32, Lin outtouched Apolline Pellecuer (FRA), 15-14, before controlling her next two bouts against Polina Khaertdinkova (RUS), 15-9, and Erika Takahashi (JPN), 15-10, to reach the semis.

A medalist in the cadet event at both NACs this season, Pirkowski easily handled her table of 128 opponent, Elea Jouve (FRA), by a score of 15-9.

Three of her next four bouts would come down to the final point. She earned the one-point victory over Camile Fernez (FRA), 15-14, and outscored Felicitas Grollmisch (GER), 15-11, before once again coming out on the winning side of a 15-14 bout, this time over Anna Gzuynova (RUS).

However, in the quarter-finals, she came one touch shy of a medal, falling to Ella Minnullina (RUS), 15-14.

In the first set of USA Fencing Cadet Women’s Épée Team Point Standings, Greta Candreva (Katonah N.Y.) ranks first. Positions two through five are separated by less than 400 points with Lin ranking second, followed by Jaclyn Khrol (Brooklyn, N.Y.), Pirkowski and Joyce.

In the team event, Lin, Pirkowski, Sarah Lurye (Chicago, Ill.) and Ariana Rausch (Houston, Texas) represented USA 1, claiming bronze.

Entering as the No. 10 seed, Team USA defeated Mixed Team ROU/KAZ, 45-40. The United States found itself in an 18-11 hole after four bouts, but switched the momentum in the fifth when Pirkowski won her bout, 11-3, to take a 22-21 lead, a lead the squad would not relinquish as it took the final four bouts.

Team USA then controlled its match against United Kingdom, 45-27. Tied at eight after three rounds, the United States won the final six bouts, including a dominant 12-2 effort in the fifth by Rausch, who tallied a +14 indicator on the match.

In the quarter-finals, USA 1 faced a USA 2 quad that included Sofya Bulavko (Dublin, Calif.), Hadley Husisian (Oakton, Va.), Hadley Husisian (Oakton, Va.) and Talia Weiss (Houston, Texas). Tied after three bouts at six, USA 1 broke the match open in the fourth, earning a big 13-3 win from Lin. USA 1 then won or tied four of the next five to secure the victory and a place in the medal rounds, 45-27.

Fencing Russia 1 for a chance at gold, Team USA faced an early deficit, falling in a 5-0 hole, and was unable to recover, losing 45-41.

The United States faced Ukraine in the bronze medal match. Going down one after the first bout, Team USA won the text two, 10-2, to take a 14-7 lead and went on to win 44-36.

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

Heidenheim Women’s Individual Épée Cadet European Cup
1. Veronika Bieleszova (CZE)
2. Michaela Joyce (Sterling, Va.)
3. Jessica Lin (Basking Ridge, N.J.)

3. Ella Minnullina (RUS)
5. Anastasiia Nazarova (RUS)
6. Gloria Klughardt (POL)
7. Amanda Pirkowski (Longwood, Fla.)
8. Erika Takahashi (JPN)

21. Mina Yamanaka (Floral Park, N.Y.)
24. Sofya Bulavko (Dublin, Calif.)
26. Ariana Rausch (Houston, Texas)
35. Yasmine Khamis (Mckinney, Texas)
44. Irene Yeu (La Canada, Calif.)
45. Hadley Husisian (Oakton, Va.)
48. Audrey Chu (Palo Alto, Calif.)
67. Sarah Lurye (Chicago, Ill.)
71. Nishta Boys (San Antonio, Texas)
96. Elena Robles (Newton, Mass.)
111. Talia Weiss (Houston, Texas)
114. Sydney Tyler (Chicago, Ill.)
124. Tierna Oxenreider (Reynoldsburg, Ohio)
129. Aretha Gao (Temple City, Calif.)
149. Renee Zuhars (Dublin, Calif.)
169. Yunice Pyo (Potomac, Md.)
198. Jordan Liverant (Brooklyn, N.Y.)

Heidenheim Women’s Team Épée Cadet European Cup
1. Russia 1
2. Poland 1
3. USA
4. Ukraine
5. Russia 2
6. USA 2
7. Germany
8. Greece

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