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Team USA Wins Fifth Straight Junior Women’s Epee World Cup Medal

02/08/2019, 5:31am CST
By Nicole Jomantas

(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – Team USA won silver on Sunday at the Bratislava Women’s Epee Junior World Cup, claiming its fifth straight World Cup podium finish after winning gold in San Juan, Puerto Rico in November.

Now ranked No. 3 in the world, Team USA has one Junior World Cup remaining (Feb. 16-17 in Dijon, France) before the 2019 Junior and Cadet World Championships are held in Torun, Poland in April.

Anchored by 2017 Junior World team bronze medalist Greta Candreva (Katonah, N.Y.), the squad included 2018 Cadet World silver medalist Emily Vermeule (Cambridge, Mass.) as well as 2018 San Juan Junior World Cup individual medalists Karolina Nixon (Los Angeles, Calif.) and Lola Constantino (Warren, N.J.)

Fencing Great Britain in the table of 16, Vermeule led the squad in scoring, posting a +11 indicator. All four fencers competed in the lineup as Candreva anchored the squad to a 45-30 win.

In the quarter-finals, Vermeule, Candreva and Nixon won eight of the nine bouts against Poland to take the match, 45-28.

Russia led the Americans, 20-18, after the first four periods, but Nixon defeated 2018 Junior World Champion Anastasia Soldatova, 6-5, to put Team USA within one at 25-24. Candreva followed with a 6-3 win against 2017 Cadet World Champion Aizanat Murtazaeva and Team USA moved into the lead at 30-28. In the final three bouts, Nixon, Vermeule and Candreva each split scores at 5-5 against the Russians to earn a position in the gold medal final with a 45-43 win.

In the finals against Italy, Vermeule put Team USA back into the match with a 9-4 win over 2016 Cadet World bronze medalist Beatrice Cagnin to tie the bout at 19. By the end of the eighth, however, Italy had regained the lead by one at 37-36. Candreva fenced Junior World No. 4 Alessandra Bozza in the final, but split the bout at six with the Italians earning gold at 44-43.

In the individual rounds, 16-year-old Amanda Pirkowski (Longwood, Fla.) earned her first top-16 at a Junior World Cup to move into the No. 6 position in the USA Fencing Junior National Team Point Standings as well as the No. 2 position in the Cadet Standings as she seeks to qualify for her first World Team.

After a bye into the table of 128, Pirkowski defeated Thordis Agath (AUT) and Alicja Klasik (POL) each by 15-11 scores. Pirkowski won her table of 32 bout against Anhelina Mikhalevich (BLR), 15-12, but lost to Eszter Muhari (HUN), 15-7, in the 16.

Vermeule and Nixon each earned top-32 results to remain No. 1 and No. 2 in the Junior National Team Point Standings with Candreva and Constantino in third and fourth, respectively.

Candreva remains No. 1 in the cadet standings as she aims for a position on her fourth and final Cadet World Team. Pirkowski is one point ahead of Jessica Lin (Basking Ridge, N.J.) who also is in contention for her first Cadet World Team.

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

Bratislava Women’s Team Epee Junior World Cup
1. Italy
2. USA
3. Russia
4. France
5. Czech Republic
6. Ukraine
7. Sweden
8. Poland

Bratislava Women’s Individual Epee Junior World Cup
1. Federica Isola (ITA)
2. Dar Hecht (ISR)
3. Anastasia Soldatova (RUS)
3. Alessandra Bozza (ITA)
5. Karoiine Loit (EST)
6. Beatrice Cagnin (ITA)
7. Eszter Muhari (HUN)
8. Kateryna Chorniy (UKR)

14. Amanda Pirkowski (Longwood, Fla.)
20. Emily Vermeule (Cambridge, Mass.)
21. Karolina Nixon (Los Angeles, Calif.)
54. Ariana Rausch (Houston, Texas)
69. Lake Sheffield (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
74. Jessica Lin (Basking Ridge, N.J.)
81. Jaclyn Khrol (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
85. Claire Beddingfield (Los Angeles, Calif.)
102. Lola Constantino (Warren, N.J.)
103. Miriam Grady (Broomfield, Colo.)
114. Greta Candreva (Katonah, N.Y.)
148. Sofia Komar (Laurence Harbor, N.J.)


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