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Stone '13 Helps U.S. to Saber Title at Fencing World Championships

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 07/21/2014
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Eliza Stone (left) with teammates Mariel Zagunis, Ibtihaj Muhammad and Dagmara Wozniak.
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Princeton fencing alumna Eliza Stone '13 helped Team USA to a gold medal at the Senior World Championships in Kazan, Russia, the Americans' first such title in nine years.

Stone teamed with Dagmara Wozniak, Ibtihaj Muhammad and Mariel Zagunis on the run through the bracket, beginning with a 45-22 victory over Kazakhstan in the Round of 16 with Stone accounting for 10 points. A 45-43 win over China in the quarters was up next, with Stone's matches keeping the U.S. up 20-18 and 35-33.

In the semifinals, Stone's three matches were key to a 45-44 win over Ukraine. She won five straight points to open up a 15-9 lead and then held two more U.S. leads before the Americans were able to reach 45. A 45-39 win over France was the clincher, and though Stone fenced just once, hers was a turning-point match, outscoring her opponent 5-2 to grow the Americans' 30-28 lead to 35-30.

The team result followed the July 15-18 individual competition in which Stone finished 10th in the world. Stone entered the direct elimination draw as the No. 8 seed, defeating Rossy Felix Lara of the Dominican Republic 15-10 before losing to Poland's Aleksandra Socha 15-11 in the Round of 16.

Rising senior Katharine Holmes and rising junior Anna Van Brummen competed in the individual and team epee events for the U.S., with the team event closing the competition July 23. There, the Princeton pair helped the U.S. ease past Mongolia 45-9 in the Round of 32 before knocking off Poland 45-35 in the Round of 16. Hungary ended the Americans' run in the quarterfinals, 45-31, and the U.S. finished sixth when Romania took a 45-40 win in a qualification bout.

In the individual competition, Holmes placed 28th out of 132 fencers, suffering a 15-13 defeat to South Korea's Injeong Choi in the Round of 32. Van Brummen placed also placed 28th, losing to A Lam Shin of South Korea 15-10 in the Round of 16.

Complete results can be found here.

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