Canadians Make Their Mark at USA National Fencing Championships
July 3 – It might have been a USA Fencing event, but that didn’t stop several Canadian fencers from stealing the spotlight at the 2015 USA National Fencing Championships over the past week.
Alanna Goldie was the biggest Canadian winner of the week, coming home with a bronze medal in Division 1 Women’s Foil at the event, which was held in San Jose, California. National team teammates Eleanor Harvey and Kelleigh Ryan also made their mark in the same event, finishing 5th and 7th respectively.
Goldie went undefeated through the pool round, which earned her a bye into the table of 32, where she defeated American Kennedy Lovelace, 15-14. She then soundly beat France’s Morgane Patru, 15-9 to advance to the table of 8. After beating another American, Sara Taffel, 15-11, Goldie moved on to the semi-finals where she ultimately met her match in the form of number one seed Nicole Ross, who took the bout by a score of 15-9.
The event marked the final preparation for the three national team members in the lead up to the World Championships, which begin in Moscow, Russia next week.
Other top results included:
Angela Li – 6th Junior Women’s Foil
Anissa Khelfaoui – 10th Div. 1 Women’s Foil
Alison Doyle – 11th Div. 1 Women’s Sabre
Fares Arfa – 13th Div. 1 Men’s Sabre
Cindy Gao – 15th Cadet Women’s Épée
David J. Brown – 16th Junior Men’s Sabre
Ariane Bilodeau – 16th Div. 1 Women’s Foil, 9th Junior Women’s Foil
Emma Von Dadelszen – 16th Junior Women’s Épée
Nikola Damjanovic – 17th Cadet Men’s Épée