The third and final World Cup of the 2021 season took place in Sofia, Bulgaria, one week after the second world cup. Day 1 was the women’s semifinal. 77 athletes entered this competition to try and earn those valuable Olympic Ranking Points. Team USA had 4 women entered looking to make Saturday’s Final.Samantha Schultz (out of CO), Jessica Davis (out of NY), Isabella Isaksen (out of CO), and Claire Davis (out of CO) were all looking to gain points for their path to Tokyo.
Group A had Davis and the day started with the fencing event. Her fencing score of 178 was a little lower than what she did last week, and she ended up in 22nd place for the event. Swimming event was next, and Davis swam in heat 1 lane 6. She swam a personal best in this pool by 4 seconds, going 2:27 for the 22nd fastest time in the group. Before the laser run, Davis was in 23rd place. She improved 12 seconds from her time last week, going a 13:07. She was able to pass a few athletes and finish 20th place overall. Unfortunately, missing out on the final.
Schultz and Isaksen represented Team USA in Group B. Swimming was the first event of the day for this group and up first in heat 1 was Isaksen. Her time of 2:35 put her in 25th place for the event. Schultz was next in heat 2 and her time of 2:21 was the 13th fastest time of the group. Fencing was the next event. Schultz finished with a score of 154, putting her in 26th place for the event. Isaksen had a good fence, scoring 218 and placing 8th in the event. Before the laser run, Isaksen was in 15th place and Schultz was in 25th place. Isaksen ran a time of 14:03 and had a few athletes pass her, crossing the finish line in 25th place. Schultz had the 7th fastest time of the group, running a 12:41. She was able to pass a few athletes and ended up in 18th place overall. With those finishes, neither athlete was able to qualify for the final.
Group C had Green as the lone USA representative. Her day started with swimming and she swam a time of 2:35, equaling her time from last week. That swim put her in 23rd place for the event. Up next was the fencing event. Green ended up with a score of 170 points, which put her in 24th place for the fence. Green was starting in 25th place before the laser run. She ran the 6th fastest time of the group with a 12:45. With that run, she was able to pass a handful of athletes and finish in 21st place overall, missing out on the final.
Tomorrow is the men’s turn as Team USA competes against the rest of the world for Olympic Ranking Points. Follow Team USA’s results at uipm.org. GO TEAM USA!!!