Nine medalists from the 2009 U.S. Junior and Cadet World Championships team will return to the 2010 event in Baku, Azerbaijan, slated for April 2-10. Leading the group is 2008 U.S. Olympian Gerek Meinhardt (San Francisco) in junior men’s foil, and 2009 cadet world silver medalists Lee Kiefer (Lexington, Ky.) and Katherine Holmes (Washington D.C.), who will try for gold in both junior and cadet age groups in women’s foil and women’s epee, respectively.

 

Last year, Team USA won an astonishing 11 medals, and appears poised to challenge for medal honors once again. Meinhardt, the 2009 individual bronze medalist in junior men’s foil, will look to improve upon last year’s individual bronze. Three of the four junior men’s foil team will look to improve upon their 2009 silver-medal that includes Alexander Massialas (San Francisco) and Zain Shaito (Garland, Texas). David Willette (Lafayette, Calif.) will compete in his first Junior World Championships.

 

Massialas will also compete in cadet men’s foil and be accompanied by Race Imboden (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and Brian Kaneshige (Maplewood, N.J.).

 

The junior women’s foil team is highly decorated with Nzihgha Prescod (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and Kiefer will look to defend their 2009 team World Championship with 2009 Cadet World Team member Margaret Lu (Greenwich, Conn.) and Eve Levin (New York). Two-time Cadet World champion Prescod finished 8th at the 2009 Junior Worlds. Prescod and Kiefer were also members of the 2009 U.S. World Championship team.

 

In cadet women’s foil, Kiefer and Lu will do double duty by competing in both the junior and cadet divisions, while Mona Shaito (Garland, Texas) joins them for the cadet portion.

 

Courtney Hurley (San Antonio, Texas) returns to the junior women’s epee team and looks to improve her 11th-place performance and is the only returning fencer from the 2009 bronze-medal team. Adding power to the U.S. squad will be veteran Holmes. A pair of newcomers will complete the junior squad that includes: Neely Brandfield-Harvey (Houston, Texas) and Ashley Severson (Franklin Lakes, N.J.), who will also test the competition in the cadet division. Isabella Barna (Bend, Ore.) rounds out the cadet women’s epee team.

 

2009 World Championship participant Daryl Homer (Jamaica, N.Y.) returns to the international scene in men’s sabre and looks to supplement his 2009 junior world bronze. He is accompanied by Evan Prochniak (Philadelphia), Eric Fass (Beverly Hills, Calif.) and Aleksander Ochocki (Clark, N.J.). The U.S. men’s sabre team placed 7th in 2009.

 

The cadet sabre team returns two veterans – Alexander Ryjik (Alexandria, Va.) and Will Spear (Wynantskill, N.Y.). Eugene Chung (Olney, Md.) rounds out the U.S. team.

 

2009 U.S. World Championship team member Monica Aksamit (New York) will lead the junior women’s sabre team, who finished 8th last year. 2009 cadet bronze medalist Nicole Glon (College Station, Pa.) moves into the junior division, while Lian Osier (Battle Ground, Wash.) returns for a second time. Celina Merza (Wayne, N.J.) is the newcomer to both the junior and cadet world teams. Sarah Pak (Roslyn, N.Y.) and Skyla Powers (Decatur, Ga.) will compete in the cadet divisions.

 

The U.S. junior and cadet men’s epee squad will feature newcomers: Juniors – Michael Raynis (Chatsworth, Calif.); Alen Hadzic (Montclair, N.J.); Jonathan Yergler (Princeton, N.J.); and Andrew Meyers (Scarsdale, N.Y.). Cadets –Meyers; Ayyub Ibrahim (Bronx, N.Y.); and Alexander Eldeib (Burke, Va.).

 

The competition will be held at the Haydar Aliyev Sport and Concert Complex in Baku, which has hosted numerous Olympic caliber sporting events. The Junior and Cadet World Championships are held annually and are being organized this year by the Azerbaijan Fencing Federation and the Azerbaijan Olympic Committee.

 

For more information on the 2010 Junior and Cadet World Championships visit http://www.bakufencing2010.com/.

 

XXX

 

Media Contact: Anthony Bartkowski, (719) 510-7331 or email abartkowski@comcast.net.

 

 

About U.S. Fencing Association: The United States Fencing Association (USFA) is the recognized NGB for the sport of fencing in the United States. The USFA was founded in 1891 as the Amateur Fencers League of America (AFLA) by a group of New York fencers seeking independence from the Amateur Athletic Union. The AFLA changed its name to the United States Fencing Association in 1981. The USFA is affiliated with the Féderation Internationale d'Escrime (FIE), the international federation for fencing founded in Paris in 1913. The USFA was incorporated as a non-profit corporation in Pennsylvania in 1964 and in Colorado in 1993 in compliance with the Amateur Sports Act and opened its national office at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. in August of 1982. For more visit www.usfencing.org, www.facebook.com/usfencing or www.twitter.com/usfencing.

 

 

2010 U.S. Junior World Championship Team

April 2-10, 2010, Baku, Azerbaijan

 

Men’s Epee

Michael Raynis, Chatsworth, Calif.

Alen Hadzic, Montclair, N.J.

Jonathan Yergler, Princeton, N.J.

Andrew Meyers, Scarsdale, N.Y.

 

Men’s Foil

Gerek Meinhardt, San Francisco, Calif.

Alexander Massialas, San Francisco, Calif.

David Willette, Lafayette, Calif.

Zain Shaito, Garland, Texas

 

Men’s Sabre

Daryl Homer, Jamaica, N.Y.

Evan Prochniak, Philadelphia, Pa.

Eric Fass, Beverly Hills, Calif.

Aleksander Ochocki, Clark, N.J.

 

Women’s Epee

Courtney Hurley, San Antonio, Texas

Neely Brandfield-Harvey

Katharine Holmes, Washington D.C.

Ashley Severson, Franklin Lakes, N.J.

 

Women’s Foil

Nzihgha Prescod, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Lee Kiefer, Lexington, Ky.

Margaret Lu, Greenwich, Conn.

Eve Levin, New York, N.Y.

 

Women’s Sabre

Monica Aksamit, New York, N.Y.

Lian Osier, Battle Ground, Wash.

Nicole Glon, College Station, Pa.

Celina Merza, Wayne, N.J.

 

2010 U.S. Cadet World Championship Team

April 2-10, 2010, Baku, Azerbaijan

 

Men’s Epee

Andrew Meyers, Scarsdale, N.Y.

Ayyub Ibrahim, Bronx, N.Y.

Alexander Eldeib, Burke, Va.

 

Men’s Foil

Alexander Massialas, San Francisco, Calif.

Race Imboden, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Brian Kaneshige, Maplewood, N.J.

 

Men’s Sabre

Alexander Ryjik, Alexandria, Va.

Will Spear, Wynantskill, N.Y.

Eugene Chung, Olney, Md.

 

Women’s Epee

Katharine Holmes, Washington D.C.

Isabella Barna, Bend, Ore.

Ashley Severson, Franklin Lakes, N.J.

 

Women’s Foil

Lee Kiefer, Lexington, Ky.

Margaret Lu, Greenwich, Conn.

Mona Shaito, Garland, Texas

 

Women’s Sabre

Celina Merza, Wayne, N.J.

Sarah Pak, Roslyn, N.J.

Skyla Powers, Decatur, Ga.

 

Coaches: Men’s Epee Sebastien Dos Santos (Beaverton, Ore.); Women’s Epee Maureen Griffin (San Francisco, Calif.); Men’s Foil Mauro Hamza (Pearland, Texas); Women’s Foil Mike Pederson (San Francisco, Calif.); Junior Men’s Sabre Yury Gelman (Brooklyn, N.Y.); Cadet Men’s Sabre Sergey Isayenko (Astoria, N.Y.); Women’s Sabre Wes Glon (State College, Pa.)

 

Medical Staff: Brian Hardy (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Kyle Momsen (Owatonna, Minn.)

Armorers: Mathew Porter (Pacifica, Calif.) and Dan Dechaine (Claremont, Calif.)

Team Manager: Paul Fitzgerald (Colorado Springs, Colo.)

Team Leader: Alex Ryjik (Alexandria, Va.)

 

2010 Junior and Cadet World Championship Schedule

April 2-10, 2010, Baku, Azerbaijan

 

April 2    Individual Cadet Men’s Sabre and Cadet Women’s Epee

April 3    Individual Cadet Women’s Foil and Cadet Men’s Epee

April 4    Individual Cadet Women’s Sabre and Cadet Men’s Foil

April 5    Individual Junior Men’s Sabre and Junior Women’s Epee

April 6    Individual Junior Women’s Foil and Junior Men’s Epee

April 7    Individual Junior Women’s Sabre and Junior Men’s Foil

April 8    Junior Team Men’s Sabre and Women’s Epee

April 9    Junior Team Women’s Foil and Men’s Epee

April 10  Junior Team Women’s Sabre and Men’s Foil