By Craig Bohnert | March 19, 2016, 1:08 p.m. (ET)


Katharine Holmes is Rio bound, earning her first trip to the Olympic Games after solidifying her position as the No. 3-ranked U.S. women’s epee fencer, and Katarzyna Trzopek has been named as the replacement athlete in the team event at the 2016 Olympic Games.

A three-time member of the U.S. senior world championship team, Homes currently is ranked No. 22 in the world. She rounds out an impressive women’s epee team that includes Kelley Hurley and Courtney Hurley, who already have been named to the squad.

In the past three years, Holmes has earned a total of six medals at the Pan American Championships, including two silver and a bronze in individual competition and three golds in the team event. A 2010 Youth Olympic Games participant, she advanced to the individual medals round, finishing fourth, and was part of the bronze-medal-winning mixed team that included athletes from the United States and Canada.

The 22-year-old has won two team bronze medals at world cup events in 2015 and was part of the team that finished sixth at the 2014 world championships.

Trzopek, the No. 4-ranked epee fencer in the United States, was part of the senior worlds team in 2015. A two-time NCAA champion, the native of Warsaw, Poland, won a gold and a bronze in world cup competition in 2014.

In addition to the three women's epee fencers, athletes already named to the 2016 U.S. Olympic Fencing Team are epee fencer Jason Pryor; foil fencers Gerek Meinhardt, Alex Massialas, Miles Chamley-Watson, Lee Kiefer and Nzingha Prescod; and saber fencers Mariel Zagunis, Ibtihaj Muhammad, Dagmara Wozniak and Daryl Homer. One more fencer is expected to be named to the team.