Sylvie Binder and Stefani Deschner won gold and bronze in Moedling.
(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – Sylvie Binder (Armonk, N.Y.) and Stefani Deschner (Versailles, Ky.) have been winning international medals together throughout their young careers, so it was only fitting that the 19 year olds would stand together on the podium one last time in the final Junior World Cup of their careers.
The two won international medals for the first time as 15 year olds at the 2014 Tauberbischofsheim Cadet European Cup with Binder taking gold and Deschner earning bronze.
Together they fenced on two Cadet World Teams, ending their U17 careers in Bourges, France with Binder claiming gold and Deschner winning her first World Championship medal with a bronze.
On Saturday at the Moedling Junior World Cup in Austria, Binder and Deschner repeated the feat as the teammates won gold and bronze again. Now college sophomores at Columbia and Notre Dame, respectively, Binder ended a storybook World Cup season with a third straight title and Deschner reached the podium at a Junior World Cup for the first time as she earned bronze.
Ranked No. 6 in the world at the start of the competition, Binder would win six straight bouts to move up to a career-high No. 2 ranking.
After a bye into the table of 64, Binder bested Ayano Iimura (JPN), 15-4. She took out Emilia Corbu (ROU), 15-11, in the 32 before earning another 15-4 win over Matilde Calvanese (ITA) in the 16. Binder went on to defeat Tinney Mak (CAN), 15-11, in the quarter-finals to set up a semifinal bout against Deschner.
Deschner also earned a bye into the 64 and took her first two bouts by 15-10 scores against Beatrice Kudlacek (AUT) and two-time Junior World Cup medalist Marta Ricci (ITA).
In the 16, Deschner earned a quick win over Magdalena Lawska (POL) at 15-6 before upsetting then-Junior World No. 1 Martina Favaretto (ITA), 15-9, in the quarter-finals.
With both fencers guaranteed positions on the podium, Binder defeated her teammate, 15-3, in the semifinals and won her gold medal final against Anna Udovichenko (RUS), 15-8.
Following the conclusion of the tournament, Binder would secure a position on her fourth straight Junior World Team where the two-time Cadet World medalist will attempt to add her first individual Junior World podium finish to her three team medals at the event.
Binder will compete on the junior squad with all three of her teammates with whom she won gold in 2018 – Lauren Scruggs (Ozone Park, N.Y.), Delphone DeVore (Westport, Conn.) and May Tieu (Belle Mead, N.J.)
Fencing at her second Junior World Cup, 16-year-old Helen Tan (Coppell, Texas) earned a top-eight finish in Moedling in her bid to qualify for the Cadet World Team.
Tan finished seventh in pools and won her first two direct elimination bouts by 15-10 scores, defeating Laeticia Jorgensen (DEN) and Vitalina Naschenkova (RUS) to advance to the 16 where she bested Arisa Kano (JPN), 15-13. In the quarter-finals, Tan fell to Eva Lacheray (FRA), 15-5.
Her sixth-place finish put Tan in fifth in the Cadet National Team Point Standings behind Scruggs, Zander Rhodes (South Orange, N.J.), Maia Weintraub (Philadelphia, Pa.) and Nicole Pustilnik (San Diego, Calif.)
In the team event, Binder, DeVore, Weintraub and Emme Zhou (Lexington, Mass.) finished fifth, but Team USA remains No. 1 in the world with only the Junior Pan American Championships remaining before the Junior Worlds are held.
With a bye into the quarter-finals, Team USA led Russia, 25-23, after the fifth bout, but the Russians took three of the next four bouts to close out at 45-39.
The Americans regrouped and dominated their next two matches. DeVore came in as anchor for Binder and led Team USA in scoring against Germany, posting a +11 indicator to finish the match with a 45-34 win.
In the match for fifth against Japan, Zhou would lead the team in scoring at +11 with Weintraub at +7 and DeVore at +6 to win the match at 45-21.
Top eight and U.S. results are as follows:
Moedling Women’s Individual Foil Junior World Cup
1. Sylvie Binder (Armonk, N.Y.)
2. Anna Udovichenko (RUS)
3. Stefani Deschner (Versailles, Ky.)
3. Eva Lacheray (FRA)
5. Martina Favaretto (ITA)
6. Helen Tan (Coppell, Texas)
7. Tinney Mak (CAN)
8. Serena Rossini (ITA)
17. May Tieu (Belle Mead, N.J.)
18. Delphine DeVore (Westport, Conn.)
24. Zander Rhodes (South Orange, N.J.)
35. Morgan Lee (Woodmere, N.Y.)
41. Maria Stamos (New York City, N.Y.)
42. Maia Weintraub (Philadelphia, Pa.)
48. Emme Zhou (Lexington, Mass.)
82. Grace Li (Newton, Mass.)
Moedling Women’s Team Foil Junior World Cup
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