RDF fencer Jim took home the Titanium Man trophy after a long day of fencing at the Iowa City Fencing Center last Sunday. Julia came in 6th, Austin (who usually fences at U of I but is in Des Moines this summer) ended 7th, and Charlie finished 10th. The Titanium Man tournament uses a slightly different format than most tournaments we go to; it’s round-robin 15-point bouts. Seventeen people makes it an endurance test, but it’s also great practice for direct elimination bouts. Congratulations to all the survivors!
We had two fencers compete at the Minnesota Open last weekend. Jim took home the 5th place medal and Sarah finished 13th in Mixed Epee.
Last weekend, Julia and Charlie fenced the Hawkeye Open in Iowa City. Julia ended in 6th place, and Charlie was 8th. Full results: https://askfred.net/Results/results.php?tournament_id=35865.
RDF hosted our annual spring tournament on Sunday, with 52 fencers competing. Sixteen fencers from RDF competed, many of them in their first real tournament!
In Y12 Mixed Epee, Lily finished 2nd, Simon and Weston tied for 3rd, Kaden was 5th, Jack ended 6th, and Graham (our Y10 fencer) ended up 7th. It was the first real tournament for all of them (well, real epee tournament – there was that one time Kaden fenced foil in Iowa City). In Y14, Daniel was 3rd, Alex finished 5th, Nick was 6th, Weston was 7th, Lily ended 8th, Simon was 9th, Maggie was 10th, and Kaden was 11th.
In Open Mixed Epee, Jim finished 7th (in his 2nd tournament of the weekend), Sarah finished 18th, Charlie ended 23rd, and Julia was 27th. In the D & Under Epee event, Carl was 5th, Charlie came in 6th, Julia was 12th, Henry was 22nd, Nick ended 23rd, and Daniel finished 26th.
We owe all of our parents, referees, and volunteers a big THANK YOU for helping us put on this event! We enjoyed getting to fence lots of great people from around the region, so thank you to everyone who came out to make this event a success – we will have to get a bigger gym next year!
Full results are posted here: https://askfred.net/Results/results.php?tournament_id=35861.
RDF’s Jim fenced his first tournament of the weekend on Saturday in Lincoln, NE. He placed 3rd at the Shamrock Old Farts’ Veterans tournament (for ages 40+). Full results here:
Two of our fencers traveled to Ames last weekend for the Frosty Open tournament hosted by the Iowa State University Fencing Club. Unfortunately, they both ended up in the same direct elimination bracket after the first round, so after winning his first 15-point match, Carl had to fence Sarah. We forgot to check the final results before we left and they aren’t posted online yet, but Sarah ended up tied for 3rd and we think Carl is 8th… We’ll update when the final results are posted.
Three fencers from RDF competed at the Icicle Invitational in Lincoln, NE on Sunday. In Mixed Epee, Jim finished in 5th place, Julia ended 17th, and Sarah was 23rd. In Women’s Epee, Sarah tied for 3rd and Julia finished 9th.
RDF fencer Kaden traveled to Iowa City for his first tournament today! It was a foil tournament, which meant the rules (and strategies) were a little different than in epee, the style we fence at RDF, but that’s okay – Kaden’s goal was just to get some experience and see how a tournament works. Since only the torso is target in foil, Kaden couldn’t always rely on his favorite epee actions – like counterattacks to the arm – and had to find other ways to hit. He ended 6th of 6 in Y12 Foil, but it was a good learning experience and he’ll be that much more prepared for his first epee tournament! Thanks to our friends at the Iowa City Fencing Center for hosting the event!
RDF fencer Julia competed in two events at the Kansas City Fencing Center’s Holiday Tournament this past weekend. She fenced well in pools, but struggled with the 15-point direct elimination matches. Julia finished 9th in C & Under Epee and 10th in Open Mixed Epee. Final results available here.
Three RDF athletes competed at the Sioux City Challenge this past weekend. Julia placed 3rd in Women’s Epee and Sarah placed 5th. Jim made the medals in 8th place in Mixed Epee, Julia ended 13th and Sarah 14th.