The top-ranked US saber fencer under age 20, Dershwitz won his first Junior World Cup title last month in Arizona, lifting him to the number three world ranking, and then jumped to second this month after the fencer ahead of him underperformed at the European Championships (an event in which Dershwitz did not compete).
Last April, Dershwitz captured silver at the Junior World Championships in Moscow, and in November took bronze at the Junior World Cup in Poland, and silver at the North American Cup in Virginia.
Third in the US junior saber rankings, and trailing second place by a slim margin, Mackiewicz placed seventh in this year’s Junior World Cup in Poland and the North American Cup in Kentucky.
Last year, he claimed silver at the Cadet World Championships, for competitors younger than 17, in Moscow before moving up to the next age group and capturing bronze at the Junior World Cup in Arizona.
In a three-week span last month, House improved his US junior épée ranking from 20th to third, after finishing eighth at the Junior World Cup in Sweden, and then taking bronze in a field of 220 fencers at the US Fencing Junior Olympics in Baltimore.
In January 2012, House won the gold medal in the junior men’s épée at the North American Cup in Portland, Ore.Paul Lazdowski can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.