(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – Team USA’s women’s foil fencers took the top three positions on the podium at the Tauberbischofsheim Cadet European Cup in Germany on Sunday.
For Sylvie Binder (Armonk, N.Y.), Morgan Partridge (Swansea, Mass.) and Stefani Deschner (Mechanicsville, Va.), the results were strikingly similar to the Gyor Cadet European Cup in Hungary in September where the trio also won three medals with Partridge taking gold, Deschner winning silver and Binder taking bronze.
All three fencers began the day with undefeated records in the first pools and Partridge ended the early rounds with a perfect, 11-0, record while Binder and Deschner lost just one bout each.
In the direct elimination rounds, Binder held each of her first four opponents to single digit scores as she racked up wins against Sabina Hendrichova (CZE), 15-4; Beatrice Kudlacek (AUT), 15-5; Sophie Werner (GER), 15-8; and Alina Malyshkina (RUS), 15-4.
Binder lost her next bout by a touch at 10-9 to Leonie Ebert (GER) – the gold medalist from the last Cadet European Cup in Moedling, Austria.
Binder came back in the repechage with a 15-7 win against Emme Zhou (Lexington, Mass.) to qualify for the quarter-finals.
Both Partridge and Deschner would find themselves in similar predicaments as each won four DE bouts before dropping a fifth in the table of eight.
Patridge fenced two of her teammates in the opening rounds where she defeatedJessica Gets (Morganville, N.J.), 15-1, and Wei Chee Chen (Birmingham, Ala.), 15-5. Partridge won her table of 32 bout against Zofia Bronikowska (POL), 15-9, and defeated teammate Mariah Summers (Tigard, Ore.), 15-10, in the 16.
After a 15-14 loss to Morgane Patru (FRA), Partridge won her repechage bout againstRenata Tomczak (POL), 15-7.
Deschner fenced a close opening bout against Ainhoa Vogel (GER), but pulled out a 15-13 win in the table of 128. Deschner won her next two bouts against French opponents as she defeated Marie Soriano, 15-10, and Clemence Vannereau, 15-9. Deschner defeated Tomczak, 15-12, in the table of 16, but lost to 2014 Cadet World bronze medalist Flora Pasztor (HUN), 15-7.
In the repechage, Deschner defeated teammate Isabelle Elizondo (Cypress, Texas), 15-5.
Samantha Viqueira (Maplewood, N.J.) also advanced to the quarter-finals after winning five straight DE bouts, but she lost to Binder, 15-10, and finished seventh overall.
Deschner, a gold medalist at this tournament in 2013, defeated Ebert, 15-12, and Partridge won her bout against Patru, 15-6, to put three U.S. fencers in the semifinals for the second time this season.
In the semis, Partridge upset the top-ranked Pasztor, 15-6, and Binder bested Deschner, 15-10.
The gold medal final would come down to a rematch of the Gyor semis between Partridge and Binder. While Partridge won their previous bout, Binder won her first international gold medal by a 15-14 score.
With her second Cadet European Cup medal of the season in hand, Binder has now climbed to No. 2 in the National Team Point Standings behind Patridge and ahead of Deschner.
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Top eight and U.S. results are as follows:
Tauberbischofsheim Foil Cadet European Cup
1. Sylvie Binder (Armonk, N.Y.)
2. Morgan Partridge (Swansea, Mass.)
3. Stefani Deschner (Mechanicsville, Va.)
3. Flora Pasztor (HUN)
5. Leonie Ebert (GER)
6. Janka Toth (HUN)
7. Samantha Viqueira (Maplewood, N.J.)
8. Morgane Patru (FRA)
9. Isabelle Elizondo (Cypress, Texas)
11. Emme Zhou (Lexington, Mass.)
16. Mariah Summers (Tigard, Ore.)
26. Natalie Yang (Colts Neck, N.J.)
34. Danielle Ferdon (San Francisco, Calif.)
35. Carlexa Fevry (New York City, N.Y.)
37. Finnula Mageras (Darien, Conn.)
41. May Tieu (Belle Mead, N.J.)
44. Kennedy Lovelace (Frisco, Texas)
53. Wei Chee Chen (Birmingham, Ala.)
55. Alyssa Chen (San Diego, Calif.)
56. Justine Banbury (East Grand Rapids, Mich.)
62. Polly Adler (Scarsdale, N.Y.)
91. Anna Zhou (Lexington, Mass.)
106. Xiao-Qing Tsai (Salt Lake City, Utah)
125. Jessica Gets (Morganville, N.J.)
ARMONK, N.Y. — Two Armonk siblings Zachary “Zach” Binder and Sylvie Binder excelled at this year’s USA National Fencing Championships and North American Cup held recently in Columbus, Ohio.
Zach Binder bested a field of 122 fencers from across the United States to finish in the top spot as the national 2014 Y10 men’s foil champion. By winning the competition, Zach also earned his “D” rating moving up from his previously unrated (or “U”) status.
The highest rating a fencer can obtain is an “A”. Zach’s win also helped him finish the fencing year with a number three ranking in the country based on points. The win caps a year in which Zach earned multiple gold medals in local and regional competitions – in addition to the Y10 age group, Zach competes in age-based competitions for fencers up to age 17.
Sylvie Binder also had a superlative national competition taking home two silver medals – one for a second place finish in the Cadet (U16) women’s foil competition and another for her participation on her club’s Junior (U19) women’s foil team which came in second place.
Sylvie also finished in the top 16 among all senior women fencers in the Division 1 and finished sixth in the Junior individual. Sylvie’s finishes earned her enough ranking points to give her the top year-end ranking for all 14-year-olds in the country and place her among the top tier of female foil fencers in the country.
The Binder siblings train year-round at the Fencing Academy of Westchester in Hawthorne, and are coached by Slava Grigoriev – a two-time Olympian from Khazakstan and proprietor of the academy. Sylvie is also coached equally by Anna Katkova who also mentored the club’s medal-winning women’s foil team.