After the women’s saber competition was completed we(James Williams, Dagmara Wozniak, Daria Schneider, Jason Rogers and me) headed out to Inwood, Texas to eat some dinner and check out a movie at the coolest movie theater I have ever been too!
Check it out!!! No seats….ONLY COUCHES AND BEAN BAGS!
(Below) Jason contemplates his upcoming Paris Fashion Show! He’ll be walking in the Louis Vuton show in Paris next week! GO JASON!
With the number 1 US ranking and home country pride on the line there was plenty of motivation going into the Dallas world cup. With a great US crowd behind me, I captured the Bronze medal! Also my 2nd top-4 finish out of the last 3 world cups. (A new first for me!) My world ranking is now #11 (tied for my peak career ranking in 2007) and the result secured the #1 USA ranking for the season.(This is the first time I’ve ended the season as #1!)
To be 30 years old and still improving is very exciting! (Hopefully will keep it going on the journey to qualify and go for the gold at the 2012 London Olympics!)
Having barely practiced the last two weeks with a foot injury, I was nervous about what to expect going into the competition. I usually fence using a lot of defense, but because of the injury I was unable to really change directions from defense to offense in warm-ups so my strategy for the day was to attack hard and aggressively. I think that surprised a lot of my opponents and worked to my advantage on this day!
I defeated my first two opponents by large margins, 15-6 and 15-7, and then in the round of 16 faced a big challenge from Boris Sanson of France. Against him I had an 0-5 career record and he had also eliminated me in the individual portion of the Olympics. Staying very aggressive and energized, I pulled out my first career victory over him 15-12. I had a lot of help from some the very loud Americans cheering and spurring me forward!
In the quarter finals, my draw was American Ben Igoe, the #2 ranked fencer in the US. The winner of our match would own the #1 ranking for the season. We went touch for touch before I eeked out a 15-13 victory to secure the top US spot and a berth in the semi-finals.
In my semi-finals match, I faced Russian Alexey Yakimenko. He has been on a tear lately and unfortunately despite all my best efforts, I was bested 12-15 and finished 3rd for the day.(Aldo Montano of Italy won) Still, it was a great day for me and hopefully I can continue to build on the momentum of my strong finishes in Madrid and here in Dallas. We compete next in El Salvador in 10 days for the very important Pan American Zonal Championship.
Jason Rogers, Daryl Homer and James Williams (Pictured above) are set for a final do or die battle for the final two National Team Sports at the Dallas World Cup.
In the round of 64, Homerfences Apithy of France who elimated him 15-6 at the last world cup, Williams battles fellow countryman Even Prochniak and Jason Rogers duels German Bjorn Hubner with matches starting at 1pm.
Jason Rogers will need to advance one round beyond either James Williams or Daryl Homer to qualify since he is slightly behind both in the point standings.
Already qualified National team members Ben Igoe battles his former coach Vassil Etropolski and Tim Morehouse battles fellow countryman Andrew Fischl. Dan Bak, Jeff Spear, Adrian Bak, Dan Berliner, Valentin Staller and several other US fencers are also set to compete.
The race for the US National Team in Men and Women’s Saber are going to come down to one final showdown next weekend at the Dallas World Cup!! (June 20-23rd…Follow it on my twitter: www.twitter.com/timmorehouse)
In Men’s Saber, Ben Igoe and Tim Morehouse have safely secured the 1-2 spots and the final 2 spots will come down to a battle between Beijing Olympians James Williams and Jason Rogers and Jr. World Championship Bronze Medalist Daryl Homer.
If you want the gory detailed explanation of points keep reading! (But be warned this system isn’t easy to get!!)
As the US Fencing Website so aptly says, “The USFA Point System is Complex” so I will attempt to break it down in regular sports terms!
Essentially, the 3 fencers are in a near tie for the final 2 qualification spots with James and Daryl owning the “tie-breaker” over Rogers. Jason Rogersis currently 5th, but with less than 100 points separating each of them it means that if two of them make the 2nd day and one does not then the person that does not make the 2nd day would be 5th. If any two fencers advance one round past the other than they will qualify. If all three fencers finish in the 64 then James Williams and Daryl Homer will qualify. If all 3 make the top-32 then their seeding will start to come into play so if one of them finishes 19th versus 31st for example then that is enough for one to pass the other. Since Rogers is 5th he would need to have a stronger seeding over Homer or Williams to qualify in this scenario. Get it? (wheeew!)
In women’s saber, the race isn’t quite as tight, but the door for Alexis Jemal or Carline Vlolka to pass Monica Aksamit or Daria Schneider is there. (Dagmara Wozniak and Marielare mathematically qualified) For Jemal or Vlolka to pass Schneider to Aksamit they will need to make at least a top-32, with Schneider or Aksamit not qualifying for the 2nd day. if Schneider makes day 2 then Jemal and Vlolka will need to make top-16 to pass. If Schneider makes top-32 then Jemal/Vlolka will need to make top-8 to pass since a top-16 won’t be enough in this case. (Top 64= approx. 200points , top 32 = approx 650 points, top-16 = approx. 1200 points, top8=1600, top4=2000, 2nd 2200, 1st 2400)
Of course, the X factor is the Strength Factor! World Cups give more or less points based on the level of fencers entered. Men’s saber should be a 2.0 SF which means top 64 will receive points. 2.0 is the highest level. If it isn’t a 2.0 then no points are award for top-64, it only begins in top-32. All the scenarios I described above can change based on the strength of the competition since less points are award once it’s under a 2.0. I’m not sure how strong women’s saber will be, but in men’s saber the French, Ukraine and several other strong nations will be attending.
Bottom line, this should be a very interesting competition. Women’s saber will have at least 2 new National team members and men’s saber will have Igoe making his first senior national team with the up and coming Daryl Homer also striving to make his first over Olympians Williams and Rogers. (All coached by Yury Gelman by the way!)
Stay tuned! It should be a classic Texas Show Down!