July 27, 2017
• 2017 Senior World Championships Results
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QUEENS, N.Y. – This past week, five former Red Storm fencers competed in the prestigious Senior World Championships in Leipzig, Germany, including 2016 Rio Olympic medalists Daryl Homer and Dagmara Wozniak.
The highest finish of any former St. John’s fencer in an individual competition belonged to Wozniak after a 25th place showing in the saber draw. A 2011 product of St. John’s, Wozniak cruised through pool play with a perfect 6-0 record. The Avenel, N.J., native carried the momentum over to her next bout in the table of 64, picking up a 15-9 victory over Xiaoye Jia of China. Taking on Sofia Pozdniakova of Russia, Wozniak fell behind 12-6 before rallying for six-straight touches to even the bout, but came up short, 15-14.
In the women’s team saber competition, Rio Olympic bronze medalist Wozniak led her squad to a seventh place finish with two other Rio teammates Monica Aksamit and Ibtihaj Muhammad.
The 2015 Senior World Championships silver medalist and No. 3 saber fencer in the world, Homer fell short in a tightly contested bout, 15-14, to Pascual Di Tella of Argentina in the table of 64, earning a 33rd place finish.
Fencing for Team USA in the men’s saber draw, Homer anchored the Americans to a 45-18 triumph over India in the table of 32. After a 45-34 victory over Georgia in the table of 16, Team USA faced the reigning Senior World Team Champions, Russia. Fencing in the anchor position once again, Homer hung on against Kamil Ibragimov to score a 45-38 triumph, sending the squad to the semifinals. Taking on Italy, Homer Team USA put up a valiant effort, but fell 45-40, coming in fourth place.
Fencing at his seventh Senior World Championships, Benjamin Bratton finished a stellar 5-1 in pool play, before falling to the Ukrainian Oleg Sokolov in the table of 64 to finish in 69th place.
Making his Senior World debut, former Johnny Adam Rodney notched three victories in pool play and came in 81st place. Joining Rodney in his first Senior World competition was the national collegiate epee champion Cooper Schumacher, who tallied four wins in pool play action to finish in 103rd place.
All three former epee fencers for St. John’s competed in the team competition and scored a victory over Canada in the table of 32, before falling to the No. 2 seed Italy to finish in 11th place.
Below is a summary of results from the 2017 Senior World Championships:
Men’s Individual Epee
Benjamin Bratton: 69th
Adam Rodney: 81st
Cooper Schumacher: 103rd
Men’s Team Epee
Benjamin Bratton, Adam Rodney, Cooper Schumacher: 11th
Men’s Individual Saber
Daryl Homer: 33rd
Men’s Team Saber
Daryl Homer: 4th
Women’s Individual Saber
Dagmara Wozniak: 25th
Women’s Individual Saber
Dagmara Wozniak: 7th