The 2019 Youth Provincials kicked off with Y14 Mixed Sabre, Y14 Men’s and Women’s Epee, Y12 Mixed Foil, and Y12 Mixed Sabre.
In Y14 Mixed Sabre, Jerry Pan (DYN) was seeded first after poules, with his brother Jack Pan (DYN) seeded just behind him in second. Duncan Yang (DYN) went 5-1 in his poule to be placed in 3rd seed, while Alexander Serves (TFA) went 4-1 for the 4th seed. Jack, Jerry and Duncan all obtained BYE’s going into DE’s, which put them straight into the top 8. Alexander fenced Jay Heesoo Park (ANT) for his first bout, where he won 15-6. In the round of 8, Alexander lost a close 15-14 match to fifth seed David Sea (DYN). Semi -finals saw Jerry Pan against David Sea and Jack Pan against Duncan Yang. Jerry moved into the finals bout with a 15-2 win against David, and Jerry advanced with a 15-7 win over Duncan Yang – this meant that the Pan brother’s would fence for the gold medal. In the final bout of Y14 Mixed Sabre, Jack Pan was victorious with a 15-8 win.
Y14 Mixed Epee was split into separate men’s and women’s events, with 18 competitors in men’s and 6 in women’s. In the Men’s event, Christopher Vermeulen (OFF) and Avery Townsend (DYN) showed to be top competitors from the beginning, with Vermeulen ranked 1st after poules and Townsend 2nd. Edric Shi and Adam Wong followed closely behind as third and fourth seeds. All of the top 4 seeds gained BYEs into the round of 16 and were victorious through to the top 4. In the Semi-finals, Vermeulen faced off against Wong and won 15-8, while Townsend won 15-11 in his bout with Shi. In the final, Townsend defeated Vermeulen 15-9 to take home the gold medal.
After the mixed event was split, there were only 6 girls in the Y14 women’s epee event. Carol Xing (DYN) and Linda Bing Qi Li (DYN) were both awarded BYEs through the first round of DEs and straight into the semi-finals. Xing faced off against Elise Ma (DYN), where she won 15-12 to move into the finals. Li versed Abigail Hulka (OFF), winning 15-8. Xing continued to be undefeated with a 15-8 win against Li in the final, and winning the gold medal.
Y12 Mixed Foil started at 2pm, which was the largest event of the competition with 29 fencers in total. Nicholas Zhang (DYN) was seeded first after poules, and after a BYE through the first round of DEs, he won his top 8 bout 15-1. The semi-final saw Nicholas Zhang (DYN) against Michael Kryltsov (RainCityFC), where Zhang won another bout 15-3. The second semi-final was between Jason Yu( (DYN) and Jia Bao Xu (DYN), where Xu was victorious 15-3. The gold medal bout was between the first and second seed, but Zhang ended up beating Kryltsov 15-4 for the title of Provincial Champion.
The final event of day 1 was Y12 Mixed Sabre at 3:15pm. Hanyang Sun (DYN) was seeded first and Alexander Serves (TFA) second after poules. Daniel Y Kim (ANT) was third and Jasmine Zhou (TFA) fourth. All four of the top seeded athletes made it into the semi-finals – Sun vs. Zhou and Serves vs. Kim. Sun defeated Zhou 15-8, while Serves also obtained a 15-8 win against Kim in their semi-final bout. The final was another score of 15-8, with Serves as the champion over Sun.
Congratulations to all of the 2019 Provincial Champions, medalists and all the competitors from day 1 of Youth Provincials.
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