June 19, 2017
• 2017 Pan American Senior Championships Results
QUEENS, N.Y. – Red Storm alumnus Daryl Homer struck for gold at the Pan American Championships, coming in first in both the team and individual saber competition this past weekend in Montreal. It marks the seventh-straight year that Homer garnered at least one gold medal at this prestigious international fencing tournament.
After going a perfect 5-0 in pool play, the 2016 Rio Olympic silver medalist recipient, Homer earned the No. 3 seed and a bye into the round of 16. Currently, the No. 3 ranked fencer in the world and top ranked American, Homer cruised past his first two opponents to earn a spot in the semifinals. The Bronx, N.Y., native faced fellow American Jeff Spear for a chance to secure a medal and he defeated Spear, 15-12. Looking to win individual gold for the first time since 2011, he was dominant on the piste against his Rio Olympic teammate Eli Dershwitz to pick up a 15-10 bout victory.
2016 Rio Olympic bronze medalist, Dagmara Wozniak competed in the women’s saber tournament and earned a seventh place finish. With a 5-1 record in pool play the Avenel, N.J., native picked up a bye in the table of 32 and came away with a victory in the table of 16, before falling in the quarterfinals.
Three St. John’s alums, including recent 2017 graduate and national epee champion Cooper Schumacher competed at the Pan American Championships. The results were highlighted by Benjamin Bratton with a third place finish and a bronze medal for the highest placing of any male American in the epee competition. It marked his first-ever medal at the Pan American Championships. Bratton lost just one bout in pool play, before reeling off three-straight victories in table play and then fell to the eventual champion in the semifinals Ruben Limardo Gascon of Venezuela.
First-time Pan American members Adam Rodney and Schumacher both advanced to table play and placed 11th and 12th, respectively after each recording one victory apiece in the knockout portion of play.
Fencing for Team USA in the team saber competition, Homer made his mark as the squad lived up to its billing as the top seed. After an easy 45-16 victory over Brazil in the quarterfinals, the Americans knocked off Columbia, 45-23. Taking on the No. 2 seed Canada in the finals, Homer led Team USA to a 45-29 triumph to pick up his ninth career gold medal at the Pan American Championships.
Bratton, Rodney and Schumacher fenced for Team USA in the men’s team epee draw and finished in fourth place after dropping a 45-40 bout to Argentina in the semifinals.