PH fencer Catantan accepts US scholarship moves away from University of the East
by Peter Atencio
“Siyempre, gustong-gusto kong tumuloy. One time opportunity iyun sa akin. Magandang opportunity iyun. Magandang exposure iyun,” said Catantan in an online interview.
Penn State has a varsity team known as the Nittany Lions, which placed runner-up in Division I of the US National Collegiate Athletic Association competitions last year.
But Penn States’ preparations for the 2020 NCAA Championship were affected when the COVID-19 pandemic erupted around the world.As a result, Catantan has yet to process her papers from the University of the East and her travel documents to the US as she will need to await for instructions from the school on how she can make it in time for the opening of classes at Penn State this August.
U.E. fencers let foes eat dust
In addition, The Lady Warriors went 1-2 in women’s individual saber with Queendenise Dalmacio beating Elvielyn Joy Javinar, 15-5, in the final.
For instance, Maxine Esteban, on the other hand, lost her chance to retain the women’s individual saber crown—and Ateneo’s back-to-back championship—after absorbing a 6-15 defeat to Javinar in the semifinals.
In conclusion, The 20-year-old reigning women’s Most Valuable Player, who won the individual foil on Tuesday, failed to reach the podium in individual epee.
In contrast, The Blue Eagles bagged their first men’s gold as Jaime Viceo topped the individual foil event by nipping two-time MVP Sammuel Tranquilan of the Red Warriors by slimmest of margins, 15-14.
2015 SEA Games Raguin Delivers a Silver
Fencing proudly delivered a silver medal care of Harlene Raguin in the Women’s Individual Epee. She lost 11-7 against Vietnam’s Thi Len Tran of Vietnam in the Finals. Tran, 27 the SEA Games Champion from 2011 defended her title, as Fencing was not included in the 2013 SEA Games.
In contrast It was the second medal for Fencing after Justine Tinio took silver in the Women’s Individual Foil yesterday. The 31-year-old Raguin, who stands 5’8 is the 2014 PNG Champion. However, the much smaller Tran at 5’41/2 was too skilled to overcome. Eric Brando II, Jose Noelito Jr., and Gian Rodriguez all failed to make it to the semi-finals of the Fencing.
Tinio Captures the first medal for the Philippines at 2015 SEA Games
‘The Philippines took a silver medal in the Fencing. Which has not been played at the SEA Games since 2011. Back then the Philippines won 1 gold and 3 bronzes.
In addition, 2014 PNG Champion 19-year-old Justine Gail TINIO took the silver medal behind Wang Wenying of Singapore 15-7 in the Women’s Individual Foil. The Philippines had no medal in this event 4 years ago. In the Semi-Finals. Tinio defeated the 2011 SEA Games Champion in this event, Nguyen Thi Tuoi 15-6.
However Eric Brando II an SEA Games bronze medalist in 2011 in the Team Sabre made it to the Quarter Finals, he lost to 2011 SEA Games bronze medalist in this event Yu Peng Kean of Malaysia 15-11.
In contrast Gian Franco Rodriguez and Jose Noelito Jr. both made it to the round of 16 in the individual epee but failed to progress.
2014 Fencing SEA Championships (Full Results included)
Some very positive results for Philippine Fencing from the January meeting.
SEA Fencing 2014
As Fencing was not featured in the 2013 SEA Games, the 2014 SEA Fencing Federation Championships held in January in Putrajaya, Malaysia was used as a gauge for evaluating these athletes.
However, Seven Countries participated in two age categories (Junior) and (Senior). Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Thailand sent athletes to this meet. There was also a very small contingent from Cambodia.
In contrast, each country fielded around three to four athletes in each event and there were 20-30 participants in each individual event and a high-quality South East Asian level field in these events.
In contrast Nathaniel Perez (silver) Men’s Foil Individual and Justine Gail Tinio (silver) Women’s foil individual were participating in the Junior division.
In addition, The Junior Women’s Foil Team which landed a bronze was composed of Gail Tinio, Keren Pangilinan, Wilhemina Lozada, and Maxine Esteban.
Jamie Nicanor and Clichelleyn del Rosario both won individual bronze medals in the women’s open.
In addition the Women’s Foil Team of Jamie Nicanor, Justin Gail Tinio, Keren Pangilinan and Wilhelmina Lozada took bronze. As did the women’s Epee Team of Anna Gabriella Estimada, Hanniel Abella, Nicanor, and Pangilinan.
The Women’s Saber Team of del Rosario, Nicanor, and Gesiha De Leon took bronze also. The Men’s saber team of Walbert Mendoza, Gian Carlo Nocom, and Eric Brando II took silver.
As there was no fencing played in SEA Games in 2013 will draw data from the 2011 SEA Games. Walbert Mendoza who was the individual saber champion from 2011 was able to land silver in the team event but landed 12th in the individual.
Nocom and Brando were part of the bronze medal team in the Men’s Team Saber in the 2011 SEA Games. However, Edmon Velez had been replaced with Mendoza for this meet
Jylyn Nicanor was the only remaining member of the 2011 SEA Games team that took the bronze as Lenny Otadoy and Michelle Brozula had been replaced with Nicanor and De Leon.
While in Team Epee the three members of the 2011 Bronze medal team at SEA Games Madel Galvez, Harlene Orendain and Michelle Brozula had been replaced.
In the women’s Sabre, Clichelleyn Del Rosario finished with the bronze. This was behind THI Thanh Loan Nguyen who was the bronze medalist in Palembang in 2011. The silver ANN Lee Huimin of Singapore was a new athlete. Nicanor shared the bronze with 2011 SEA Games Champion Thi Le Dung Nguyen. Diah Permatasari the SEA Games silver medalist in 2011 did not participate.
In addition the women’s Foil, Jamie Nicanor finished with bronze. THI Tuoi Nguyen the 2011 SEA Games champion won the event. While newcomers Wenying Wang and Cheryl Wong Ye Han who finished silver and shared bronze were newcomers. Le Thi Bich of Vietnam the 2011 Silver Medalist did not participate. Natasha Abu Bakar who was bronze in Palembang was 15th and Nunta Chantasuvannasin the shared bronze in Palembang was 5th.
Above all, a very positive set of results as this meet was highly competitive with a lot of the best South East Asian athletes in action. There are a lot of promising talents coming up who should perform well at the 2015 SEA Games.