To kick off a new year of tournaments, Sarah fenced at the January North American Cup in Charlotte, NC yesterday. She was 3-3 in round 1 pools, which was good enough to make the cut into the first round of direct eliminations. However, she lost her direct elimination match 15-14 and finished 134th of 199. Full results: https://www.usafencing.org/2020-jan-nac-results
Yesterday, Kalina competed in the Yu Challenge at the Peoria Fencing Academy in Illinois. She won the gold medal in Y8 mixed epee and tied for bronze in Y10. This was also her first time traveling for a tournament.
We held our December youth tournament today at the club, and 13 of our fencers competed in the epee events. In the 12 & Under group, Jack and Graham tied for 3rd, Ben R. was 5th, Atticus came in 6th (in his first tournament), Chantal finished 7th, Kalina was 9th, and Ben S. came in 10th (also his first tournament). In 19 & Under, Evan won the gold medal, Alex took silver, Weston tied for 3rd, Selathiel was 6th (in his first tournament), Jazz came in 8th, and Campbell finished 9th (also his first tournament). We were joined by several fencers from area clubs, and we also ran a foil and saber event.
Thanks to all who came! We especially appreciate our those who helped out with refereeing and photography duties! Our next tournament with youth events is the Equinox Epee the last weekend in March.
Yesterday, four of our fencers competed at Iowa State University Fencing Club’s Cantaloupe Open. In Mixed Epee, Daniel took 8th place, Sarah was 9th, Weston came in 23rd, and Jazz finished 25th at his first senior age category event. Sarah also won Women’s Epee and a cantaloupe!
Today, 8 RDF fencers competed at the Jack-O-Lantern Tournament hosted by the Des Moines Fencing Club.
In unsanctioned Y12 Mixed Epee, Jack narrowly defeated Graham to win the gold medal, Graham – who won all of his 5-point bouts – took the silver, Chantal and Ben tied for 3rd, and Kalina was 5th of 6. It was the first tournament for Chantal and Kalina (the youngest fencer), who both overcame some nerves, fenced well, and learned a lot. Ben stayed focused and didn’t give up and won his first 15-point bout 15-14.
Later, in Open Mixed Epee, Daniel fenced clubmate Weston in the first round, then went on to upset clubmate Carl and an opponent from DMFC before his 15-14 loss to an Iowa State fencer in the final. He finished with a silver medal, Carl was 5th, and Weston was 10th of 16.
Thanks to DMFC for providing this good opportunity to compete locally!
Last Sunday, Rilee, Cheryl, and Sarah fenced in the Glitter Open tournament at the Iowa City Fencing Center. In Women’s Epee, Sarah earned the silver medal, Cheryl tied for 3rd, and Rilee was 9th. It was Rilee’s first real, sanctioned tournament outside the club and she gained some valuable experience learning to adapt to fencers she’s never seen before.
While in Minneapolis this weekend, Ben fenced in the Youth Athos Challenge tournament. He was 5th in Y14 and 2nd in Y12. It was a long day, but he fenced especially well in his Y14 DE.
RDF sent one fencer to the October NAC in Kansas City Last weekend. Sarah was 183rd of 185 in Division 1 Women’s Epee and placed 12th of 91 in Division 2 Women’s Epee, which qualifies her for the same event at Summer National Championships. Full results: https://www.usafencing.org/2019-oct-nac-results
Last weekend, Sarah fenced Div 1A Women’s Epee at the Remenyik Regional Open Circuit tournament at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. She finished 42nd of 52. Full results here.
Last Saturday, we held our season kick-off tournament at the club. We had 7 fencers, so everyone fenced one event in order to get more practice (because an event of 3 people isn’t terribly fun), but we gave awards separately to the older and younger kids. We saw a lot of great fencing and learned some valuable lessons! Thanks to all of our participants and supporters!