Huge thank you to everyone who volunteered to help set up, tear down, take on miscellaneous tasks, as well as our referees, families, coaches and 75 fencers who came out to our big annual tournament last Sunday! We really appreciate everyone’s flexibility in dealing with the last-minute venue change as well. We saw a lot of excellent fencing from our RDF athletes and fencers from across the Midwest (and beyond!).

In Senior Mixed Open Epee:
15th – Daniel
18th – Nick
26th – Jack
30th – Mat
36th – Chantal
40th – Natasha

Senior Mixed Open Top 8: 1st – Yuly Suvorov (SAS), 2nd – Brad Tucker (LFC), 3rd + C22 – James Burgess (HFA), 3rd – Joe Butler (LFC), 5th + D22 – Kailan Benford, 6th – Emma Buckingham (BBF), 7th + D22 – John Christian (BBF), 8th + D22 – Avi Limer (TCFC)

In D & Under Mixed Epee:
6th – Mat
9th – Steve
11th – Jack
14th – Cheryl
18th – Alex
21st – Natasha
24th – Chantal
28th – Campbell
30th – Erin
31st – Sophie

D & Under Top 8: 1st + C22 – Avi Limer (TCFC), 2nd – Ben Takata (CBA), 3rd + D22 – Quinn Bissen (TCFC), 3rd + D22 – James Burgess (HFA), 5th – Jay Johnson (HFA), 6th – Mat Johnstone (RDF), 7th + E22 – Kailan Benford, 8th + E22 – Thomas Fitzgerald (CIFA)

Full results are posted on

This was also a good follow-up to the Iowa Division referee seminar that we hosted back in January. The local referees have had a few tournaments to work on their skills and incorporate feedback from the seminar, and at this event had a chance for more feedback from Certified Referee Observer Essene Waters. We really appreciate her instruction and professionalism, as well as the hard work and improvement from the referees!

Unfortunately between keeping everything running and refereeing, Kevin and Sarah weren’t able to take many photos, but hopefully everyone’s families has a chance to get some good shots!

Quinn v. Ben (foreground) and James v. Avi (background) in D & Under semifinal bouts