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The Shift in Rankings for Team USA’s Junior Squads for the 2017 Junior & Cadet World Championships – Plovdiv, Bulgaria

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This year’s Junior and Cadet World Championships are set for Plovdiv, Bulgaria and will run for ten days from April 1 to April 10.  In light of the response to our earlier post highlighting slopegraphs for Team USA’s Cadet squad, we thought it worthwhile to provide a series of slopegraphs to illustrate how the rankings have changed for the 24 junior fencers who have made Team USA over the past twelve months. We have also provided the rankings for the 12 fencers who ended the season as alternatives for members of Team USA. A full list of the 2017 Junior World Championship Team is provided at the end of the post.

The ten-day tournament will include events for cadets (U17) and juniors (U20) in each gender-weapon category, as well as junior team events and a mixed weapon cadet team competition. Junior Team Points for selection are earned at North American Cups, National Championships, July Challenge and designated Junior international events. The top three athletes on the National Junior Team Point Standings were selected as members of the Junior World Championship Team and are eligible to compete in individual competition. For the junior team competition, a fourth athlete was selected to fence the team event, only. The rankings are based on Junior Team Points earned in competitions that begin with the July Challenge and end with the Junior Olympic Fencing Championships.

The rankings in the following slopegraphs reflect end-of-year rankings based on final Junior Team Points for 2016 and 2017. We believe the slopegraphs are self-explanatory. They reveal the different routes taken by fencers to secure a place on Team USA. Scroll over the end of a line to reveal details.

2017 Junior World Championship Team

RankFencerTeam/AlternateGenderWeaponClub
1Justin YooTeamMenEpeeLos Angeles International Fencing Center
2Stephen EwartTeamMenEpeeSwords Fencing Studio
3Wesley JohnsonTeamMenEpeeSchoolhouse Fencing
4Sean WilsonTeamMenEpeeAlliance Fencing Academy
5Ivan ZagoruikoAlt 1MenEpeeNew York Athletic Club
6Jonathan PiskovatskovAlt 2MenEpeeAlliance Fencing Academy
1Kasia NixonTeamWomenEpeeLos Angeles International Fencing Center
2Greta CandrevaTeamWomenEpeeNew York Athletic Club
3Giana VierhellerTeamWomenEpeeAlliance Fencing Academy
4Ariana ManganoTeamWomenEpeeNew York Athletic Club
5Barbara VanBenthuysenAlt 1WomenEpeeAlliance Fencing Academy
6Sanchi KukadiaAlt 2WomenEpeeFencers Club
1Nick ItkinTeamMenFoilLos Angeles International Fencing Center
2Geoffrey TouretteTeamMenFoilSilicon Valley Fencing Center
3Sam MoelisTeamMenFoilBrooklyn Bridge Fencing Club
4Sidarth KumblaTeamMenFoilSilicon Valley Fencing Center
5Andrew MachovecAlt 1MenFoil5T Towns Fencing Club
6Eoin GroningsaterAlt 2MenFoilBrooklyn Bridge Fencing Club
1Sabrina MassialasTeamWomenFoilMassialas Foundation (M Team)
2Iman BlowTeamWomenFoilPeter Westbrook Foundation
3Sylvie BinderTeamWomenFoilFencing Academy of Westchester
4Elyssa KleinerTeamWomenFoilMassialas Foundation (M Team)
5Delphine DevoreAlt 1WomenFoilFencers Club
6May TieuAlt 2WomenFoilPremier Fencing Club
1Benjamin NatanzonTeamMenSaberManhattan Fencing Center
2Andrew DoddoTeamMenSaberPeter Westbrook Foundation
3Karol MetrykaTeamMenSaberManhattan Fencing Center
4Calvin LiangTeamMenSaberFencers Club of Arizona
5Mikolaj BakAlt 1MenSaberManhattan Fencing Center
6Khalil ThompsonAlt 2MenSaberPeter Westbrook Foundation
1Elizabeth TartakovskyTeamWomenSaberManhattan Fencing Center
2Chloe Fox-GitomerTeamWomenSaberOregon Fencing Alliance
3Kara LinderTeamWomenSaberFencers Club of Arizona
4Zara MossTeamWomenSaberAdvance Fencing and Fitness Academy
5Edith JohnsonAlt 1WomenSaberNellya Fencers
6Alexis AngladeAlt 2WomenSaberNellya Fencers
Source: USFA Website and National Fencing Club Rankings

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