COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Columbia coach and former NCAA fencing champion Daria Schneider continues to stay on top of her game. A 2010 Senior World Team member, Schneider claimed a bronze medal at the Gent Sabre World Cup in Belgium over the weekend.
Seeded outside the top 16 going into the event, Schneider won four bouts in the pools and another round in the preliminary tables on Friday to qualify for the table of 64.
Schneider won the first of two bouts against former World medalists in the table of 32 when she defeated 2005 World bronze medalist Ilaria Bianco of Italy 15-10.
In the table of 16, Schneider gained a victory over 2003 World medalist Aleksandra Socha of Poland, 15-11. In the quarterfinals, Schneider defeated Vougiouka, 15-13, to qualify for the semis.
U.S. sabre teammate Dagmara Wozniak advanced to her first World Cup final since 2008 with her 15-13 win over 2010 World medalist Olena Khomrova, 15-13. Wozniak eventually took home the silver medal. Schneider lost her semi bout against Italy's Irene Vecchi, 15-8, but won her first career World Cup bronze medal.
In the team competition, the United States women finished fifth as Schneider and Wozniak teamed with Mariel Zagunis and Ibtihaj Muhammad. The U.S. women had a first round bye and earned a 45-37 win over Germany in the table of 16. In the quarterfinals, Team USA lost to France by a single touch – 45-44.
The U.S. women came back in the 5th – 8th place table where they defeated Hungary, 45-44, and Poland, 45-40.
Additional reporting by USFencing.org