RDF sent one athlete to the December NAC in Cincinnati, OH last Friday. Sarah took home the 8th place medal in Division 2 Women’s Epee and earned back her “C” classification.
This past Saturday, we held a youth tournament in our newly-expanded facility. The U19 epee, Y12 epee, Y14 foil, and Y14 saber events drew mostly local youth fencers, including 9 from RDF, but a few from out of state as well. We were so glad to have so many fencers and their families participate and we’re excited to do this more often! Special thanks to Levi, Evan, Alex, and Troy refereeing, and Cheryl for taking pictures and fetching coffee!
In Y12 Epee, Corina and Graham tied for 3rd, and Judah placed 5th in his first tournament after less than 2 months of fencing. In U19 Epee, Colin earned the silver medal, Alex and Evan tied for 3rd, Simon was 5th, Ellie was 7th (also her first tournament!), and Weston finished 8th.
Full results are available on askfred.net: https://askfred.net/Results/results.php?tournament_id=40850
The day after Thanksgiving, Sarah and Colin traveled to Peoria, IL to fence at the Midwest Regional Open/Junior/Cadet Circuit tournament. Colin fenced well and was 2nd out of pools in Junior Men’s Epee but lost his first direct elimination match, putting him 5th overall. Sarah had a bit of a rough time in Div 1A Women’s Epee pools, but upset 1st seed to make it to the final bout, where she lost and ended up with the silver medal. The next day, she fenced Division 2 Women’s Epee. This time she was 1st out of pools and lost 3-3 in overtime in the finals, finishing 2nd again. Full results: https://www.fencingtimelive.com/tournaments/eventSchedule/98DB13E3190D485B94C13A6783BFABA4#today
Sarah was 7th and Evan finished 15th in Mixed Epee (his first tournament as an epeeist) at the Sioux City Challenge yesterday. Sarah also tied for 3rd in Women’s Epee. Full results: https://askfred.net/Results/results.php?tournament_id=41974
Sarah competed at the October North American Cup tournament in Milwaukee, WI on Sunday. In Division 2 Women’s Epee, she went 3-3 in the first round (pools, where you fence to 5 points), won her first 15-point direct elimination bout, and lost her next bout 12-15. She placed 52nd of 127. Full results: https://www.fencingtimelive.com/events/results/C35BE1F20B1F40DBAAED338591C3EE34
For our first tournament of the season, Sarah fenced at the Glitter Open women’s tournament at the Iowa City Fencing Center today and tied for 3rd of 12. Full results: https://askfred.net/Results/results.php?tournament_id=40929
By “relaxing and recharging” in August, we actually meant “moving heavy items, tearing down walls, cleaning, and painting”. We’ve expanded the club to take up the entire basement of the building, which means we have a new entrance off E. 3rd St. (don’t worry – the ramp door will still be open) and room for 4 regulation-size strips so we can host small tournaments at the club!
We especially appreciate all the help from the volunteers who helped us move junk, equipment, furniture and floor mats, painted, cleaned, and managed rainwater! We still have a few minor tasks that we’ll be completing in the next month or so (and the owner of the building is taking care of the sloped-toward-the-foundation sidewalk situation so there won’t be a small lake when it rains), but we’ve been able to start practicing in the space this first week of September.
Carl and Daniel competed today at Iowa Games! They both fenced well in pools, Daniel won his first 15-point bout, but unfortunately his next opponent was Carl. Their bout was close and well-fenced, and Carl won 15-13. Carl tied for 3rd, and Daniel finished 7th out of 13 epee fencers.
Last week was our 3-day youth camp and coaching workshop with guest Coach Gary Copeland from Norther Colorado Fencers. In the mornings, kids ages 8-14 (who have fenced before – this was not a beginner camp) worked on a variety of techniques, as well as staying balanced and being focused, so they could apply those skills when it was time to bout. In the afternoons, two intrepid older kids stuck around to be students while Gary helped Kevin and Sarah with their coaching. We think everyone came away with some good things to focus on for next season!