Holmes Earns Team Silver, Individual Bronze in Panama
Katharine Holmes, who will be competing in the Olympic Games next month, took third individually and second with her fellow American épées at the Pan American zonal championships that wrapped Sunday in Panama.
Holmes went 4-1 in pool competition and earned a bye into the round of 32 in the elimination bracket. She got past Diana Rodriguez of Colombia 15-11, Jocelyn Cruz of Mexico 15-6 and Rayssa Costa of Brazil 15-5 to set up a semifinal match with Venezuela's Maria Martinez, which Martinez won 15-10. Americans took three of the top four spots, with Holmes tying with Courtney Hurley for third and Kelley Hurley defeating Martinez 15-10 in the final.
The Americans came within a touch of winning gold as a team, getting a bye to the quarterfinals and knocking off Mexico 45-19 before a win over Brazil 45-30 in the semifinals. Canada then out-touched the American team 45-44 to take the gold.
Alex House helped the U.S. men's épée team to a sixth-place finish, also getting a bye to the quarterfinals before Cuba got past the Americans 45-40 in that round. Individually, House placed 35th in a field of 63 fencers, going 3-3 in pool bouts before suffering a 15-8 loss in the round of 64 to Venezuela's Kelvin Canas.
Holmes took the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons off from Princeton to train for a spot on the Olympic team, which she achieved earlier this spring. House just finished his junior season with his second straight All-America honor, finishing fifth at the NCAA Championships.
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