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!
This year, the Cornhusker State Games was opened to fencers from other states, so 3 RDF athletes traveled to Nebraska to compete on Friday! The location – a shopping mall – was a bit unconventional, but it was kind of fun to have an audience of passers-by. In Y10 Epee, Graham tied for 3rd, and then he earned the silver medal in Y12. Weston fenced Y14 and tied for 3rd. In Cadet, Weston was 2nd and Jazz finished 5th.
Daniel and Nick also attempted to fence in the epee event at Iowa Games this weekend, but partway through pools, a large chunk of the city of Ames – including the Beyer Hall gym – lost power, so the tournament was canceled!
Four RDF fencers and Coach Kevin traveled to Columbus, OH for USA Fencing’s Summer National Championships last week.
On Saturday, Sarah fenced Div 1A Women’s Epee. She was a bit disappointed with her pool round performance (1-5) and did not make the cut into the Direct Elimination round, ending 107th of 126.
Next, on Sunday, Cheryl fenced Vet 40 Women’s Epee at her first national-level tournament. She got in her own head a little and ended 25th of 25. While Cheryl was fencing, Sarah refereed Vet 60 WE and Junior ME. She also refereed a couple events on Monday.
Brothers Evan and Jared took the strip in Div 2 Men’s Epee on Wednesday. Jared placed 54th, and Evan tied for 154th of 239 in his first national-level event. Sarah had a long day of refereeing.
Cheryl fenced again Thursday afternoon, this time in Div 3 WE. She was tied for 128th after pools, but lost a close DE match to a fencer from the Twin Cities Fencing Club, ending 136th of 179.
Friday was a busy day with Sarah fencing in Div 2 WE and Evan and Jared in Div 3 ME. Sarah went 5-0 in pools to be seeded 4th, but lost in the round of 64, ending 34th of 179. Evan was 1-5 out of pools, just one touch away from making the cut into the DE round, so he ended up 163rd of 197. Jared was 5-1 out of pools and won a string of 15-point matches, before finally going out in the semifinals after several weapon issues. He tied for 3rd, took home a bronze medal, and earned his C19 rating!
Full results: https://www.usafencing.org/2019-champ-julychal-results
Last Sunday, Evan and Sarah traveled to Iowa City to fencing the Titanium Man Epee tournament. It’s called this because it’s a little more intensive than most tournament formats – normally there is one round of 4-7 five-point bouts and then 15-point bouts until you lose, but here you fence everyone to 15 points. Sarah dropped out, but Evan finished 12th and was very tired the next day.
Today was our May Youth Tournament! We had 7 fencers in Junior/Y14 and 8 in Y12/Y10 Mixed Epee, from RDF and the Des Moines Fencing Club. It was the first epee tournament for several kids, and good practice for everyone. There some excellent fencing and we were especially happy to see a fencer cheer on a new teammate who was having a bit of a rough day. Thanks to all who attended!
Last Saturday, Ben traveled to Lincoln, NE to compete at the May the 4th Be With You Youth Tournament. He made some new friends and brought home the silver medal in Y10 Epee!
Last weekend, 3 RDF athletes traveled to Minneapolis for the Minnesota Open. In Mixed Epee, Sarah placed 13th, Evan was 19th, and Cheryl was 26th. In Women’s Epee, Sarah took the silver medal, and Cheryl was 6th.
Thanks to the Minnesota Division for hosting a great event!
On Sunday, four of our fencers competed at the Bengal Invitational, run by the high school kids of the Valley Fencing Club.
In Weston’s first 15-point bout, his opponent was Sarah, and he fenced better than he expected to, getting a lot of nice hand touches. Alex did a good job making an initial action to short target, followed by a deeper attack in his first 15-point bout and kept the score close for much of the bout. Sarah and Evan both defeated their opponents from the Iowa State University Fencing Club to make it to the final bout, which was a close 15-14. Sarah earned the gold medal, Evan took home the silver medal, Alex was 6th, and Weston was 8th. Sarah also won Women’s Epee.
Last weekend we hosted our annual Equinox Epee tournament, attended by athletes from around the Midwest (and at least one from further away!), including 13 of our own. On Saturday, Jim tied for 3rd, Evan was 10th, and Carl finished 16th in Open Mixed Epee; Weston was 6th in Y14; Sarah took the silver medal and Cheryl came in 5th (in her first tournament as a lefty!) in Women’s. The next day, Carl placed 11th, Daniel A. was 13th, Evan was 14th, Alex came in 16th, Daniel M. finished 17th, and Weston was 23rd in D & Under Mixed Epee. Y12 was entirely populated by RDF fencers: Graham won, Henry was 2nd, Ben and Caleb (both in their first tournament!) tied for 3rd. Graham also took home the gold in Y10; Ben earned another bronze, and Harper finished 6th.
We really appreciate everyone who helped make this happen – fencers, families, set-up/tear-down volunteers, referees, coaches – thank you! We love seeing so much great fencing, teamwork, and sportsmanship!
Evan represented RDF at the Frosty Open in Ames last weekend. He took home the silver medal in Mixed Epee after a well-fenced 15-13 loss in the final against Nick from the Iowa City Fencing Center. Way to go, Evan!