(R) Anna van Brumen competes against Ewa Trzebinksa (Team Poland) in the women's epée team placements at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 on July 27, 2021 in Tokyo.
There’s no better way to wrap up a world cup season than with some hardware, and that’s just what the U.S. women’s epee team did Sunday in Katowice, Poland.
The team of Olympian Anna Van Brummen, two-time Olympian Kat Holmes, Hadley Husisian and Margherita Guzzi Vincenti will be coming home with bronze after edging out the hosts 39-33. Guzzi Vincenti won all three of her bouts as the U.S. never trailed.
The win over No. 2 Poland was another upset for Team USA, who were the fifth-ranked team at the world cup. The U.S. first knocked off No. 4 Italy in the Round of 16, then nearly fought for the gold medal after narrowly losing to top-ranked South Korea, 35-34, in the semifinals. South Korea went on to beat China in the final.
Holmes, a 2018 world champion, and Van Brummen were teammates last summer at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 on the U.S. team that won fifth place in epee. The 19-year-old Husisian is the No. 2 junior fencer in the U.S. Guzzi Vincenti is a 31-year-old former competitor for Italy seeking to make her first Olympic Games.
On the individual side, Holmes was the top U.S. finisher in 18th. The U.S. men had a world cup of their own in Tbilisi, Georgia, where the team of Olympian Curtis McDowald, Olympian Yeisser Ramirez, Cooper Schumacher and Justin Yoo finished sixth. Yoo was the top individual finisher in 31st.