2019 Cadet/Junior Pan Am Championships – Bogota, Colombia

This past February, four BC athletes competed in Bogota, Colombia for the 2019 Pan American Championships. Although this was not a national team qualifying event, the competition would have been a good preparation for the upcoming World Championships.

Seraphim Jarov and Fynn Fafard both competed in the Junior Men’s Epee individual and team events. In the individual event, Seraphim went 4-1 in his poule, which seeded him 15th going into the DEs. Fynn won 3 and lost 2 in his poule, seeding him 18th. With both boys seeded near the middle of the pack, they were each rewarded with BYEs into the round of 32. However, their close results meant that they had to face off right away. Fynn ended up winning the bout 15-9, advancing him into the 16s – Seraphim finished in 18th. Fynn then fenced Alexandre Camargo (BRA), but lost a close 15-14 bout against the Brazilian. Fynn finished in 16th.

In Team, Seraphim and Fynn were joined by teammates Nathan Brunet and Ted Vinnitchouk, Canada was ranked 7th out of the eleven teams in the event. Their first bout was against Bolivia, where they took a landslide victory of 45-20 to advance into the 8s. Unfortunately, the team fell to Brasil, losing 45-36. Overall, Canada finished 5th.

Christina Zozulya represented Canada in Cadet and Junior Women’s Epee individual and Junior team events. Christina started the competition off with Junior women’s epee, where she went 5-1 in her poule. She was 6th going into the DEs, but still had to fence the first round of 32. She won her first DE 15-11 against Xiany Xiu Lay Rivera (PUR), and advanced into the round of 16. Her next DE was against Greta Candreva (USA), but she lost 15-9 to the American. She came 10th.

Next up was the team event, where Christina fenced alongside Tamara Booy, Shirley Guo and Ariane Leonard. Canada was ranked 2nd going into the event, behind the top-seeded USA. With their high initial seeding, the girls were granted a BYE into the round of 8 – first facing off against Brasil. The team won 45-39 to make it into the semi-final against Chile. Another win for Canada, 41-35, and their were into the final against USA. The USA took the final victory 45-33, and Christina and the Canadian team won the silver.

Christina’s last event was Cadet women’s epee, where she started off strong going 4-1 in her poule. This placed her in 9th seed for DEs. Her first bout was against Carolina Polo (BRA), which she won 15-12. In the round of 16, she faced off with Canadian teammate Grace Xu, who she beat 15-8. In top 8, Christina won a close 15-14 bout against Victoria Vizeu (BRA), to move her into the semi-final against Shirley Guo. She was victorious in her bout against her teammate, going 15-13. She ended up losing to Greta Candreva (USA) in the final, 15-8.

Two silver medals for Christina, Congratulations!

Thomas Greenwood fenced in the Cadet Men’s Sabre event, where he went 3-2 in his poule. Going into the first round of DEs Thomas was tied for the 14th seed, which put him up against Peter Flores (USA). He won this first bout 15-9 to put him through to the 16. His second DE was also a 15-9 victory, sending him through to the quarter-final. It was in this top 8 bout that he lost 15-12 to Matheus Becker (BRA). Thomas finished 7th overall! Congratulations!

Congratulations all of our BC fencers and their team Canada teammates. Seraphim, Fynn, Christina and Thomas will all be competing in Turn, Poland at the 2019 Cadet/Junior World Championships. Good Luck everyone!