SOMERS, N.Y. - Greta Candreva, a junior at Somers High School, recently traveled to Torun, Poland, to represent Team USA in the 2019 Junior/Cadet World Championships, and was the only female epee fencer to medal when she received the bronze award.
Greta finished the 2018/2019 fencing season ranked No. 1 in the USA in Cadet [U17] Women’s Epee and ranked No. 2 in the USA in Junior [U20] Women’s Epee. Only the top 3 cadet epee fencers, and only the top 4 junior epee fencers, in the country are eligible to compete at the World Championship events.
Greta’s first event was the Junior Women’s Epee individual event on April 10. The top 157 junior fencers from 58 different countries competed in this event. Greta entered as the No. 5 ranked junior in the world. She went 5-1 in the preliminary round, defeating fencers from Japan, Romania, Argentina, Serbia and Slovakia. Twenty-five percent of the field was cut after the preliminaries; the remaining 110 fencers advanced to the direct elimination round.
Greta earned a bye into the round of 64, where she defeated Zsuzsa Schlier of Romania 15-8. In the round of 32, Greta faced Axelle Wasiak of Belgium, whom she also defeated by a score of 15-8. In the round of 16, Greta faced Angeline Farve of Switzerland, who was seeded third after the preliminary round. In a closely fought bout, Greta defeated Farve 15-14 to advance to the quarterfinals, where Greta faced Evgenyia Zharkova, a 19-year old from Russia and No. 3 ranked junior in the world. Greta trailed Zharkova by 1-2 points for most of the bout, occasionally tying the score; at 13-13, Greta scored to take a 14-13 lead and then won the bout on a double-touch, making the final score 15-14, guaranteeing Greta her first World Championship medal in an individual event (Greta previously earned a bronze medal in the 2017 World Championships in the Junior Women’s Epee team event). In the semifinals, Greta faced Gaia Traditi, an 18-year old from Italy who is the No. 6 ranked junior in the world. The score was tied at 3-3, 5-5, 6-6 and 10-10, but the Italian pulled ahead in the end to win by a score of 15-10.
As a result of Greta’s bronze medal finish in the Junior Women’s Epee individual event, Greta moved up from No. 5 on the junior world ranking list to No. 4. The top two fencers have now aged out, so Greta will start the 2019/2020 season ranked No. 2 in the world in junior women’s epee and No. 1 in the USA.