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Team USA Honored at FIE Congress with Four Overall World Cup Titles

12/09/2018, 6:45pm CST
By Nicole Jomantas

Eli Dershwitz, Donald Anthony, Kat Holmes, Stacey Johnson and Greg Massialas put Team USA's hardware on display in Paris. Photo Credit: Serge Timacheff

(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – Team USA was recognized for its achievements during a season of firsts at the Federation Internationale d’Escrime Congress in Paris on Saturday.

The United States earned three Overall Senior World Cup titles and one Junior World Cup title to conclude the 2017-18 season.

Eli Dershwitz (Sherborn, Mass.) became the first U.S. man to win the Overall Senior World Cup title in men’s saber, ending the season at No. 1 in the world after winning silver at the 2018 Senior World Championships in Wuxi, China. The Harvard senior was just the second U.S. fencer to win a men’s saber medal at the event and remains No. 1 in the world following a historic season that included two World Cup titles, a third career Pan American Championship title and bronze at the Seoul Grand Prix.

The U.S. Men’s Foil Team won its third Overall World Cup title after a historic season in which the squad swept all five World Cups – becoming the first men’s foil team ever to do so. At the Senior Worlds in Wuxi, Team USA won silver to retain the World No. 1 with Alex Massialas (San Francisco, Calif.), Race Imboden (Brooklyn, N.Y.), Gerek Meinhardt (San Francisco, Calif.) and Miles Chamley-Watson (New York City, N.Y.) earning their third Senior World silver together out of the last five editions of the tournament.

The U.S. Women’s Épée Team ended the 2017-18 season with its first Senior World Championship title and first-ever World No. 1 ranking. For Kat Holmes (Washington, D.C.), Kelley Hurley (San Antonio, Texas), Courtney Hurley (San Antonio, Texas) and Amanda Sirico (Bowie, Md.), their Senior World Championship win marked the team’s first-ever medal at the event after a season in which the squad also won its first World Cup title, taking gold in Dubai as well as bronze in Barcelona and earning gold at the Pan Am Championships.

The U.S. Junior Women’s Foil Team won its first Junior World title since 2014 in Verona, Italy this year after taking silvers in 2015, 2016 and 2017. Although the young squad had three cadets and just one fencer returning from past teams, Sylvie Binder (Armonk, N.Y.), May Tieu (Belle Mead, N.J.), Lauren Scruggs (Ozone Park, N.Y.) and Delphine DeVore (Westport, Conn.) ended the season with a Junior World title after a World Cup circuit run that included both Junior World Cup and Junior Zonals golds.

Holmes also was honored by the FIE Fair Play Council with the Fair Play trophy. During the quarter-final bout against 2017 Senior World Champion Estonia at the 2018 Senior Worlds, Team USA trailed by one in the final 10 seconds when Holmes hit her own leg during an exchange. Although the touch came up for Team USA, Holmes acknowledged the hit that would have tied the match as being her own. She went on to score again to tie the match and clinched the win for Team USA in overtime.

The complete list of Overall World Cup winners is as follows:

Épée
Senior Team: USA (Women), Korea (Men)
Senior Individual: Mara Navarria (ITA), Yannick Borel (FRA)
Junior Team: Italy (Women), Hungary (Men)
Junior Individual: Federica Isola (ITA), Jakub Jurka (CZE)

Foil
Senior Team: Italy (Women), USA (Men)
Senior Individual: Inna Deriglazova (RUS), Alessio Foconi (ITA)
Junior Team: USA (Women), France (Men)
Junior Individual: Martina Favaretto (ITA), Tommaso Marini (ITA)

Saber
Senior Team: France (Women), Korea (Men)
Senior Individual: Olga Kharlan (UKR), Eli Dershwitz (USA)
Junior Team: Russia (Women), Italy (Men)
Junior Individual: Liza Pusztai (HUN), Konstantin Lokhanov (RUS)

Nations Grand Prix
Seniors: Italy
Juniors: Italy

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