This past weekend, Jim and Sarah traveled to Kansas City to compete at the HFA Regional Open Circuit tournament. Jim finished 7th in Senior Men’s Epee, which qualifies him for Div 1A at Summer Nationals. Sarah tied for 3rd in Senior Women’s Epee on Saturday, and then she ended 2nd in C & Under WE on Sunday, which qualifies her for Div 2 & 3 at Summer Nationals. Full results: https://askfred.net/Results/results.php?tournament_id=37687.
Yesterday RDF fencers Carl and Alex competed at Iowa State University’s Frosty Open in Ames. Alex won his first direct elimination (15-point) bout at a tournament and finished 7th, and Carl ended 11th. Full results: https://askfred.net/Results/results.php?tournament_id=39281
We’re gearing up for our big annual tournament – Equinox Epee – on Saturday, March 24 at Valley Southwoods Freshman High School in West Des Moines. If you’re an epee fencer, sign up today: https://askfred.net/Events/moreInfo.php?tournament_id=38662! We have events for Y10, Y12, Y14, D & Under classifications, and an open (ages 13+, any classification) category.
If you’re not a fencer or you know a fencer, this is a good chance to see what we spend all this time training for! As usual, it’s free to come watch.
Thanks to the great support we had last year, we’ve been able to make some upgrades to this year’s event: bigger gym with hardwood floors and bleachers so we can have more strips than last year, a grounded strip, another new scoring box, and more professional referees!
Events Scheduled for Saturday, March 24:
9:00 AM – Mixed Epee
12:00 PM – D & Under Mixed Epee
12:00 PM – Y10 Mixed Epee (Unsanctioned)
1:00 PM – Y12 Mixed Epee (Unsanctioned)
2:00 PM – Y14 Mixed Epee
Four RDF fencers competed at the Icicle Invitational in Lincoln, NE on Sunday. In Mixed Epee, Jim finished 7th, Sarah ended 14th, Julia was 22nd, and Nick placed 26th. In Women’s Epee, Sarah and Julia tied for 3rd. Thanks to LFC for hosting a great event! Full results: https://askfred.net/Results/results.php?tournament_id=37996
Over winter break, two RDF athletes traveled to Minnesota to train at the annual 4-day winter camp at the Twin Cities Fencing Club. Sarah and Lily enjoyed working with fencers from around the region and improving their fencing.
Normal practice as scheduled Tuesday, Dec. 26. We’re closed Wednesday, Dec. 27, Saturday, Dec. 30, and Tuesday, Jan. 2, and there is no Youth Practice on Thursday, Dec. 28. Regular schedule resumes Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018. Happy Holidays, everyone!
Last weekend, RDF fencer Lily traveled to Austin, TX for the Austin Challenge SYC/RCC tournament. It was a bit of a rough trip travel-wise (including getting stranded in Atlanta when they lost power!), but Lily met her goals of staying focused and sticking to the plan and finished 33rd in Y14 Women’s Epee. Full results: https://askfred.net/Results/results.php?tournament_id=37271#147211
On Sunday, we ran an invite-only “training tournament” for fencers who compete in Division I (C-rated & up) events (or are working up to it). We decide the format the day of, depending on who is there and what they want to work on, and then we record all the bouts for review by the group afterwards. This was probably a broader skill range than we’ve had in the past, but it was especially helpful to have the stronger fencers’ feedback during the video review portion. We watched and critiqued at least one video of every fencer, and everyone has links to the full collection. We really appreciate everyone coming out and fencing with us!
On Saturday, we held a fun tournament for our club members ages 14 & under. Kids and parents who had never been to a tournament before learned how a tournament works and what to expect in a familiar, no-pressure environment. We split the group into an older event and a younger event. Results are available here: https://askfred.net/Results/results.php?tournament_id=39266. Everyone displayed excellent sportsmanship and we saw some really well-fenced bouts. The kids enjoyed the competitive challenge and edible medals!
Today, six RDF fencers traveled across the state for the Sioux City Challenge. Julia took out Sarah in the direct elimination round of Women’s Epee and went on to tie for 3rd, while Sarah ended 7th. Unfortunately, Lily had to withdraw after the women’s pool round. In Mixed Epee, Nick finished 12th, earning his E17 classification, Sarah was 13th, Julia ended 17th, Alex was 19th, and Daniel came in 23rd.