Fencing Weekend Wrap-Up, Nov. 14 – Canadians Excel at November NAC and Senior World Cup action

By Caroline Sharp November 14, 2016

Canadians took part in the November North American Cup in Milwaukee this past weekend and Canada had a number of top 8 and top 16 performances.

Jane Caulfield (EFC, Edmonton, AB) took home bronze in Cadet Women’s Foil, in a competition that featured over 200 fencers! Ying Cao (TFC, Toronto, ON) finished in 9th place in the same competition.

Three Canadians finished in the top 16 in Cadet Women’s Epee. Evelyn Zhang (Vango, Toronto, ON) was 8th, Natasha Kis-Toth (Dynamo, Richmond, BC) was 13th and Ariane Leonard (Olympia, St. Lambert, QC) was 14th out of 164 fencers.

Fynn Fafard (Dynamo, Roberts Creek, BC) made it to the quarter-finals in Cadet Men’s Epee, finishing 7th overall in an event with 222 fencers. In Junior Women’s Sabre, Marina Guintchitskaia (SSC, Edmonton, AB) finished 8th. Competition continues today.

Meanwhile Canada’s Senior Women’s Epee athletes were in action in Suzhou, China. Two Canadians advanced to the 64’s. Rio Olympian Leonora Mackinnon (Canadian living in England) had 5 wins and 1 loss in poules and advanced directly to the main draw where she lost to Poland’s Magdalena Piekark a very close 10-9 to finish 43rd. Malinka Hoppe-Montanaro (Montreal, QC) had 4 wins and 2 losses after poules and made the top 64 after defeating Yao Xing from China 15-11 in the direct elimination bout. Hoppe-Montanaro lost her 64 bout to Russia’s Tatyana Andryus Hina 15-10 to finish 54th overall.

The Canadian Women’s Epee Team (Leonora Mackinnon, Malinka Hoppe-Montanaro, Brittany Mark-Larkin and Vanessa Lacas-Warrick) came close to achieving a major breakthrough in the team competition. Canada faced top 8 ranked France in the 16’s and lost a very close 43-41 after leading for the first half of the bout. This put them in the classification rounds and Canada lost to Germany and then defeated Australia to advance to the 13-14 placing bout. They faced USA and lost a close 33-26 to finish in 14th place overall.

Maximilien Van Haaster (Montreal, QC) and Mikhail Sweet (Winnipeg, MB) were at the Tokyo Men’s Foil Senior World Cup and finished 75th and 111th respectively.

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