Last Saturday, Sarah, Nick, Daniel, and Jack drove down to Kansas City for the Heartland Fencing Academy’s Summer Challenge tournament. Daniel brought home the gold medal, Sarah tied for 3rd, Jack tied for 6th, and Nick finished 8th. Coach Kevin stayed back to run lessons and practice at the club, but we all worked together and coached each other. Thanks to HFA for hosting!
Congratulations to Daniel and Jack for qualifying for Summer National Championships in Division 2 & 3 Men’s Epee at Iowa Divisionals last weekend! The competition in Minneapolis in July will be the first national championship tournament for both fencers.
Ben and Brevan traveled to Lincoln, NE today to fence at the Capitol City Youth Classic tournament. Ben tied for 3rd and Brevan finished 5th! Ben did a great job helping his less-experienced teammate, and Brevan learned a lot from fencing new and different people! Our friends at the Lincoln Fencing Club hosted another excellent event.
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
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
Full results are posted on askFred.net: https://askfred.net/Results/results.php?tournament_id=49003
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!
At the Iowa State University Fencing Club’s Frosty tournament on Sunday, 8 RDF fencers competed in several events. In Senior Mixed Epee, Daniel tied for 3rd, Sarah was 5th, Mat finished 7th, Jack placed 8th, Campbell came in 17th, Nick was 18th, Natasha finished 19th, and Chantal was 29th. Jack also earned his E22 rating/classification! In Senior Women’s Epee, Sarah tied for 3rd, Tasha was 5th, with Chantal close behind at 6th. (And Mat also tied for 3rd in saber the day before!) There were a lot of close and well-fenced matches!
Last Sunday, many of our youth fencers competed at our Equinox Epee Youth tournament. We usually hold these events in the same large venue as the rest of the Equinox events, but due to gym availability this year, we split out the youth events into their own tournament, held at the club.
We had 6 kids fence in Y10 Mixed Epee, 4 in Y12, and 7 in Y14. It was the first tournament for quite a few of them, and the younger ones are looking forward to fencing each other more during regular youth practices in April. Everyone did a great job using the skills they’ve been working on in lessons and displaying excellent sportsmanship.
Everyone also earned Heartland Youth Circuit points, and we’ll make those awards at the end of the season.
Cheryl, Sarah, and RDF alum Evan (who fences at ICFC now that he attends U of I), competed at the Arnold Fencing Classic Regional Open Circuit tournament last Friday and Saturday in Columbus, OH. In Veteran Women’s Epee, Cheryl tied for 3rd, got a cool-lookin’ medal, and is now qualified for Veteran Women’s Epee at Summer Nationals. Sarah placed 7th in Div 2 Women’s Epee and 10th in Div 1A, missing the medals by a single point but still qualifying for Summer Nationals in both events. Evan finished 37th in Div 2 Men’s Epee and 62nd in Div 1A.
At the Igloo Open at the Iowa City Fencing Center yesterday, Daniel tied for 3rd, Mat finished 6th, RDF alum Evan (now at ICFC) was 9th, Tasha was 16th, and Campbell was 17th in Senior Mixed Epee. Daniel earned his “C” rating/classification, and Mat earned his “D”!
RDF fencer Ava traveled to Salt Lake City, UT to compete at Junior Olympics, which is national championships for the Junior and Cadet age divisions. In Cadet Women’s Epee on Monday, she finished 157th and made some great touches. She was pleased by her improving ability to emotionally recover from a loss, and some things she’s been working on in practice came together in competition, which is always a good feeling for a fencer!
Nine of our fencers competed in two events at Lincoln Fencing Club‘s Icicle Invitational in Nebraska last weekend. Everyone’s been working hard in practice and we enjoyed testing our skills in competition!
In Senior Mixed Epee (translation: ages 13 and up, open to all genders), Evan (who also trains at the Iowa City Fencing Center) took home the 6th place medal and renewed his “C”, Sarah ended 12th, Nick was 14th, Daniel was 16th, Jack came in 20th, Mat finished 25th, Ava ended 28th, Tasha was 29th, and Chantal finished 31st.
In Senior Women’s Epee, Tasha and Sarah tied for 3rd, Ava was 5th, and Chantal was 6th.
It was also fun to see some familiar faces from the Winter Camp! Thanks for hosting, LFC!