RDF to Host Referee Seminar with Ivan Lee Jan. 14-15

RDF is hosting a referee seminar with Certified Referee Instructor Ivan Lee, sponsored in part by the Iowa Division of USA Fencing, on January 14-15, 2022. This is an opportunity for aspiring referees to earn credentials and current referees to refresh their knowledge and possibly increase their rating. All experience levels are welcome, as well as fencers who want to learn how to most effectively interact with referees and understand the calls being made, family members who want to know how they can best support their athlete, and coaches who need to stay current on the rules and their understanding of our ever-evolving sport. Only those who wish to earn credentials need to take the online/written and practical exam, but everyone should familiarize themselves with the rule book and study guide for this seminar.

The seminar will be held in person at the club, and masks are required for everyone, regardless of Covid-19 vaccination status (but we appreciate that the vast majority of fencing folks are vaccinated!).

Ivan Lee is a 2004 US Olympian and 2014 Hall of Fame member with 23 years of refereeing experience. He is a Certified Referee Instructor and Observer, with ratings of 2 in saber, 3 in foil, and 5 in epee. He has served as a referee assigner for USA Fencing and the Public Schools Athletic League in New York City.

His fencing career also includes 15 US National Championships, 10 NCAA Championships, and team gold at the 2001 Junior World Championships, as well as two golds at the 2003 Pan Am Games. Ivan is the Head Coach for Women’s Fencing at Long Island University and the Head Saber Coach at Long Island Fencing Center.

More information about the process of becoming a referee: https://www.usafencing.org/referees-process

Sign up on askfred: https://askfred.net/Clinics/moreInfo.php?clinic_id=49461

Fencing at the Marx/Mattern Clinic at the Twin Cities Fencing Club

Fencer Daniel and coach Kevin traveled to St. Paul last weekend for a fencing clinic with Olympic fencers-turned-coaches Michael Marx and Cody Mattern. It’s fun to work with fencers and coaches from other clubs and learn from their different perspectives, styles, and skills. Kevin and Daniel brought back some great drills and ideas that we plan on implementing in the club soon!

Coach Michael Marx talks to the group of foil and epee fencers at TCFC

ISU Cantaloupe Tournament Results

Five RDF fencers traveled to Ames last weekend to fence in the Cantaloupe Open. Nobody won the coveted cantaloupe, but in Senior Mixed Epee, Daniel placed 6th, Mat ended 14th, Jack was 29th, and Chantal finished 37th. Also shout out to RDF alumni Evan (now at ICFC) in 5th and Alex (now attending ISU) in 15th! In Senior Women’s Epee, Chantal placed 5th and Cheryl was 7th. Full results: https://askfred.net/Results/results.php?tournament_id=48834

Coaches Kevin and Sarah were disappointed that they were unable to attend due to food poisoning (bleh!), but everyone did a good job taking care of each other. While having your coach there when you expect them to be there is important, we hope that all of our fencers are also able to think for themselves and still be successful without us.

October NAC Results

Three of our fencers traveled to St. Louis for the North American Cup over the Halloween weekend: Jack started us off in Y14 Men’s Epee, finishing 104th in his first national-level competition. Sarah fenced in Division 1 Women’s Epee, ending 138th. Jack fenced again in Cadet Men’s Epee and placed 213th. Finally, Ava competed in Cadet Women’s Epee and was 150th. It was fun to return to this level of competition after most of last year’s were canceled due to the pandemic, and all of our fencers learned a lot from the experience.

Full results: https://www.usafencing.org/2021-october-nac-results

Evan and Sarah fencing

Jack-O-Lantern Tournament Results

Several RDF fencers competed in the Des Moines Fencing Club’s Jack-O-Lantern tournament last weekend. In Open Mixed Epee, Evan (who fences at the Iowa City Fencing Center when he’s at school) took gold, Mat and Sarah tied for bronze, Chantal had to fence Sarah in her first direct elimination bout and finished 11th, and Natasha was 12th.

Full results: https://askfred.net/Results/results.php?tournament_id=48746

Senior Mixed Epee medalists: 1st – Evan from ICFC (RDF alum), 2nd – Christopher from Minnesota, tied for 3rd – Mat and Sarah from RDF
Nick lunges and Mat counterattacks at the Don't Succulent Epee Tournament

The “Don’t Succulent” Epee Tournament Results

Last weekend, fencers from Iowa, Minnesota, and Nebraska competed for tiny succulents instead of the usual medals at our “Don’t Succulent” Epee Tournament here at the club. Eleven fencers from RDF competed in the two events.

In Women’s Epee, Ava tied for 3rd, Natasha was 6th, Chantal finished 8th, and Erin was 11th in her first tournament. In the mixed-gender D & Under Epee event, Mat was 2nd, Daniel finished 6th, Nick ended 7th, Jack came in 8th, Charlie was 9th, Natasha was 10th, Steve finished 18th in his first tournament, and Campbell ended 19th after a close, well-fenced bout.

Full results: https://askfred.net/Results/results.php?tournament_id=48778

Women's Epee Top 4: Eva (2nd), Heather (3rd), Ava (3rd), Anna (1st), standing together holding their succulents
Women’s Epee Top 4: Eva (2nd), Heather (3rd), Ava (3rd), Anna (1st)
D & Under Mixed Epee Top 4: Ben (1st), Mat (2nd), Anna (3rd), Eric (3rd), standing together holding their succulents
D & Under Mixed Epee Top 4: Ben (1st), Mat (2nd), Anna (3rd), Eric (3rd)

Remenyik ROC & RJCC Results

RDF fencer Ava competed in 3 events her first time at the Remenyik ROC & RJCC at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL last weekend. Remenyik – one of the larger, more challenging tournaments in the area – awards regional points on the path to qualification for national championships.

In Junior Women’s Epee, Ava had some ups and downs in pools, and we’re proud of her for regaining her focus and putting up a strong fight in her DE, ending 25th . The next day, she fenced in Division 1A Women’s Epee and placed 26th. Her final event was Cadet Women’s Epee, where she finished 20th.

Training Weekend with LFC and NCF

Last weekend, six of our teenage fencers traveled to Lincoln, NE to train at the Lincoln Fencing Club with their fencers, as well as a group of teenagers from Northern Colorado Fencers. Everyone was tired after a full day of conditioning and situational bouting, but came back for more on Sunday morning! The kids got to know each other better and seem inspired to train harder. We enjoyed meeting new people and had a lot of fun fencing them!