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!
We held second of three Heartland Youth Circuit events at RDF this weekend! It was mostly fencers from our club, but it was especially good for those whose fencing has been heavily impacted by the pandemic to get some more experience fencing people in their own age group.
On Saturday, in Y10 Mixed Epee, Kalina took home the gold medal, Javy earned the silver, and Harry got the bronze.
In Y14 Mixed Epee, Ian from the Omaha Fencing Club won the gold, Ben R. took silver, Sophia and Conner each got bronze (fencing almost always ties for 3rd), Ben H. finished 5th, and Finn came in 6th.
In Y12 Mixed Epee, Kalina won another gold, Conner won silver, and Finn took home bronze. This was Finn, Conner, and Javy’s first tournament.
In Cadet Mixed Epee on Sunday, Ian and Marcus from Omaha were 1st and 2nd, respectively, and Ben R. and Campbell tied for 3rd.
Then in Junior Mixed Epee, Daniel won gold, Nick took home the silver, Ian and Marcus each got bronze, Ava was 5th, RDF alum Alex (now at ISU) was 6th, Campbell came in 7th, and Ben R. finished 8th.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Last weekend was our inaugural Heartland Youth Circuit Tournament, featuring events for kids in Y10, Y12, Y14, Cadet, and Junior age groups! Fencers top 3 finishes (from 4 planned tournaments) will count for points, and awards will be given at the end of the 21-22 season. For our first event, it was mostly fencers from our club, but we hope to expand the geographical area from which we attract fencers and expand the Circuit to include events hosted by other clubs. Here is the link to the full results: https://askfred.net/Results/results.php?tournament_id=48445
We’re glad everyone was able to get another tournament in before school starts, and this was the first tournament for several of our fencers who have not gotten much bouting practice due to our pandemic-induced schedule.
Here are the links to the points standings for the HYC:
Last weekend, six RDF fencers competed in the Cornhusker Games at Gateway Mall in Lincoln, NE. Since there was no fencing at Iowa Games this year, we could go compete in a different State Games.
Ben started us off strong on Friday, winning the Y12 epee event. In E & Under Epee on Saturday, Mat took the silver medal and Tasha won bronze. In Open Epee, Mat was 6th, Sarah was 9th, Jack finished 11th, and Tasha came in 12th on Sunday. Also on Sunday was Women’s Epee, where Sarah won the gold medal, Ava took silver, and Tasha finished 5th and won the Sportsmanship Award!