CARTAGENA -- Canada's women's foil team won the silver medal at the Pan-American Fencing Championships.
Saskatoon's Shannon Comerford, Calgary's Alanna Goldie, Hamilton's Eleanor Harvey and Ottawa's Kelleigh Ryan fell 38-36 to the United States in the gold-medal match.
The Canadians advanced to the final with a pair of decisive victories, defeating the host Colombians 45-29 in the quarter-finals, and Mexico 45-27 in the semifinals.
"Although the final result was disappointing, this is very encouraging for team Canada," Goldie said. "We finished fourth in the Junior World Championships team event in April, and we made two top-eight results in the World Cup events. This year we showed the fencing world that we can compete with the world's best."
On the men's side, Canada fell to Chile in the quarter-finals and finished fifth.