Samantha Catantan Wins Bronze At The Temple Open2 min read
Samantha Catantan’s performance in the 42nd Temple Open Fencing Championship, which took place on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, demonstrated that she is prepared to compete in the upcoming regionals of the US NCAA Fencing Championship.
Catantan won the bronze trophy in the competition.
Catantan, who is only 20 years old, and Maia Weintraub of Princeton tied for third and fourth place, respectively, in the competition. However, Zander Rhodes of Columbia University took home the gold, and Sabrina Cho of the University of Pennsylvania was satisfied with the silver medal.
In the semifinals of the yearly event, Catantan was defeated by Rhodes, a team that had previously held the title of world champion in the cadet category of team competition, with a score of 15-8.
Catantan had a lead of 7-5 at one point in the second round of her semifinal match, but she struggled for the rest of the match after she mistakenly stomped on Rhodes’ foot while she was trying to launch an attack. Rhodes went on to win the match.
Despite this, the former standout at University of the East High School, where she played under the tutelage of Amat Canlas, reported that she is quite pleased with her overall performance.
Catantan stated, “I’m satisfied with the way I fence as of right now, and I think I have enough time to truly be ready for December,” in reference to the beginning of the regional tournaments for the United States NCAA. “I’m comfortable with the way I fence as of right now,”
In terms of being prepared for the NCAA, she continued, “for the time being, I’d say I’m around 85 percent ready.”
Catantan only managed to come out on top of one of her five fights during the pooling phase of the competition, which led to her being ranked 37th going into the elimination rounds of the competition.
In the round of 64, she easily defeated No. 28 Lee Bethany of JHU with a score of 15-2. In the round of 32, she defeated Penn State teammate Arianna Proietti with a score of 15-7. In the round of 16, she defeated Rowan Park of NW with a score of 15-12. In the quarterfinals, she defeated Evelyn Cheng of Columbia with a score of 15-10.
After that, Catantan will compete in the Garrette Open at Penn State, a dual meet later this month, a portion of the World Cup in Serbia, and then the regionals for the United States NCAA, which will have its national championship from March 24 to 27 at Duke in Durham, North Carolina. Catantan will compete in the World Cup in Serbia.
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