The Junior Olympics is one of the most competitive and largest events in the nation. Space City Fencing fielded a crew of 16 fencers, all representing the club admirably.
Junior Men’s Foil – Silver Medal
Colin Sutter took the silver medal with a strong performance
Mike El-Saleh had strong start with 5-1 victors but he had a poor draw in DEs and lost a hard fought bout.
Benjamin Parkins, had good start with 5-1 and made up to top 16 before falling short 14-15 to the gold medal winner. this result put Ben on the US world team competing next April at the world championships.
Benjamin Nichols, had strong start with 6-0 and made up to the top 64 with unexpected lost.
Cadet Women’s Foil
In a tough field, Sarah Followill did well winning 4-2 bouts in pools. She had by then lost 13-15.
Cadet Men’s Saber.
Our Fencers Travis Overton win 4-2 in his pool then advance to the DE winning his first DE and later on lost to make it up the top 32 and Carl Howley Win 2-4 and made up to the DE and had strong bout against the Bronze medal winner.
Junior Men’s Epee
We fielded 3 fencers: Patrick Gremillion, Ben McDonald and Greg Micek. All very young for this event (15 years) even so they fenced very well all winning some bouts in their pools and made it to the D.E.
Junior Women’s Epee
Our team, Elizabeth Donnenberg and Rebecca Rea, though young, are no strangers to the Cadet age group. All advanced through their first DEs, Elizabeth was 5-1 after the pools Made it up to the top 16 with wonderful showing before losing to Neely Brandfield-Harvey the gold medal winner and Cadet world team member 13-15 . Teammates Rebecca Rea fenced well the pool with 4-2 wins before losing tough bout 14-15.
We would like to congratulate Neely on making the US World Cadet Team.
Cadet Women’s Epee
In this event Elizabeth Donnenberg did well in the first round and moved on to DE. and she made up to the top 32 good Job!!!.Rebecca Rea had a tough day at that event and she is now practicing so hard to prepare for the summer national in July.
Cadet Men’s Epee
15 year old Greg Micek, Ben McDonald and Patrick Gremillion they all went up with %50 or more wins to make it up to the DE’s after winning 2 DE the competed admirably in this event learning allot from the much older and experienced fencers.