This past weekend, a handful of BC fencers traveled to Milwaukee, Wisconsin to compete in the first NAC of the Canadian qualification season. The competition ran from October 12th-15th, and consisted of Div 1, Div 2, Cadet, and wheelchair events.
On day one, Thomas Greenwood competed in the Cadet men’s sabre event. He started the day off strong with 4 wins and only 1 loss in his poole of 6, seeding him 24th going into DEs. Thomas had a BYE through the first round, but unfortunately the following DE 15-6. He finished the event in 39th place.
Day two, Christina Zozulya competed in the second day of the Div 1 women’s epee event. Another strong start in pooles for our BC athlete, as she came out with 5 wins and 1 loss in both round of pooles. After the second day’s round of pooles, Christina was seeded 21st going into the direct eliminations. Her first DE was against another Canadian athlete, who Christina beat 15-8 to move on to the round of 64. Her 64’s DE was a very close 15-14, and put her through to 32’s. It was in the 32 that she lost to an American 15-7, which placed her 19th after two days of competition.
Div 2 women’s epee, and the second day of Div 1 men’s epee took place on day 3 of the NAC. Nicole Su placed within the top 16, and Miranda Yang placed within the top 32. Nicole started her pooles off with 5 wins and 0 losses, which seeded her 7th going into DEs. Miranda also won all of her poole bouts, and was seeded 1st! In Nicole’s first DE she defeated her opponent 15-6, and continued by beating her following opponent in the 64, 15-6 as well. In the round of 32, Nicole won 15-12. It was in the top 16 that Nicole lost 15-13 to an American athlete. Miranda had a BYE through the round of 128, and continued the event by winning her first DE 15-12. Unfortunately, she lost her second bout 15-10. Nicole finished the event in 11th and Miranda in 17th.
In Div 1 men’s epee, Howard came out of pooles seeded 29th after finishing with 4 wins and 2 losses. In the first round of DE’s, Howard handily beat his American opponent 15-4. He then went on to lose a close 7-6 bout in the round of 64. Overall he came out with a 46th place finish, but this wasn’t the end of the competition for him as he still had the cadet event.
The last day of competition both Christina and Howard would be fencing again, but this time in the cadet epee categories. Women’s epee was up first at 8am, where Christina left pooles with 5 wins and only 1 loss, This result put her in a 14th seed position as she advanced into the direct eliminations. Both her first and second DE’s concluded with 15-6 wins for Christina, However, it was in her top 16 DE that she lost to the 3rd place seed 15-11. She finished the event in 14th place.
Finally, Howard competed in the cadet men’s epee event. He also went 5-1 in his poole, but was tied for the 11th place seeding. His ranking earned him a BYE through the round of 128, and straight into the 64. His first bout was a close 15-13, but he pulled through to move onto the 32’s. The next opponent he faced was another Canadian, but Howard sailed through the bout, and he ended up winning 15-5. Top 16 saw a 15-11 finish for Howard, and another 15-9 win in the round of 8. In the semi-final, he faced a 10th place seeded American, and unfortunately lost a close battle of 15-14. Congratulations Howard on your bronze medal!
Well done to all of our BC athletes on their results, and good luck in your various competitions yet to come!