Three RDF fencers competed at the Icicle Invitational in Lincoln, NE yesterday. In Mixed Epee, Kaley took home the 8th place medal, Sarah was 10th, and Evan was 21st. Then the ladies fenced off in the Women’s Epee final and Sarah won gold and Kaley took silver.
Today Evan competed against 30 other high schoolers in Men’s Epee at the SPA Invitational tournament in St. Paul, MN. He was 4-2 in the first round (pools), seeded 11th going into the 2nd round. He went on to win four 15-point bouts and brought home the silver medal. Way to go, Evan!
Full results on askfred.net: https://askfred.net/Results/results.php?tournament_id=42507
RDF sent one athlete to the December NAC in Cincinnati, OH last Friday. Sarah took home the 8th place medal in Division 2 Women’s Epee and earned back her “C” classification.
This past Saturday, we held a youth tournament in our newly-expanded facility. The U19 epee, Y12 epee, Y14 foil, and Y14 saber events drew mostly local youth fencers, including 9 from RDF, but a few from out of state as well. We were so glad to have so many fencers and their families participate and we’re excited to do this more often! Special thanks to Levi, Evan, Alex, and Troy refereeing, and Cheryl for taking pictures and fetching coffee!
In Y12 Epee, Corina and Graham tied for 3rd, and Judah placed 5th in his first tournament after less than 2 months of fencing. In U19 Epee, Colin earned the silver medal, Alex and Evan tied for 3rd, Simon was 5th, Ellie was 7th (also her first tournament!), and Weston finished 8th.
Full results are available on askfred.net: https://askfred.net/Results/results.php?tournament_id=40850
Sarah was 7th and Evan finished 15th in Mixed Epee (his first tournament as an epeeist) at the Sioux City Challenge yesterday. Sarah also tied for 3rd in Women’s Epee. Full results: https://askfred.net/Results/results.php?tournament_id=41974
Sarah competed at the October North American Cup tournament in Milwaukee, WI on Sunday. In Division 2 Women’s Epee, she went 3-3 in the first round (pools, where you fence to 5 points), won her first 15-point direct elimination bout, and lost her next bout 12-15. She placed 52nd of 127. Full results: https://www.fencingtimelive.com/events/results/C35BE1F20B1F40DBAAED338591C3EE34
For our first tournament of the season, Sarah fenced at the Glitter Open women’s tournament at the Iowa City Fencing Center today and tied for 3rd of 12. Full results: https://askfred.net/Results/results.php?tournament_id=40929
Carl and Daniel competed today at Iowa Games! They both fenced well in pools, Daniel won his first 15-point bout, but unfortunately his next opponent was Carl. Their bout was close and well-fenced, and Carl won 15-13. Carl tied for 3rd, and Daniel finished 7th out of 13 epee fencers.
RDF sent 3 athletes to Summer Nationals in St. Louis this year; Jim, Jared, and Sarah each fenced two epee events, and Jared earned a medal! Here’s the recap:
Jim started us off on Sunday, July 1, fencing Div 1A Men’s Epee. He struggled a bit in pools, coming out 157th with 1 victory and 5 losses, but he made the cut and won his first 15-point direct elimination bout 15-8. His next bout was 29th seed and he went down 11-15, ending up 128th out of 197 competitors.
The next day, Jim was back for Vet-40 Men’s Epee. He did better in pools this time, going 3-3. He won his first direct elimination match (they only fence to 10 points in veterans events) decisively, 10-4. After that, he had a close match that was tied 8-8 when time ran out. In the priority minute, Jim’s opponent – the eventual winner of the event – scored a 9th touch and Jim finished 25th of 55.
On Tuesday, Jared fenced Div 2 Men’s Epee, his first time competing in epee at the national level (his primary weapon is foil, but he’s been fencing epee with us when he comes home from college). He fenced well in pools, coming out tied for 51st with 4 wins and 2 losses. He got a bye into the round of 128, where he won his first bout 15-10. Then he fenced 14th seed and lost 11-15, which put him 45th of 226 overall.
Sarah’s first event was Div 3 Women’s Epee on the 4th of July. One fencer in her pool dropped out due to injury, but Sarah won her other 5 pool bouts and was tied for 3rd thanks to a +20 indicator (“indicator” = touches scored – touches received). She won a string of direct elimination matches 15-6, 15-11, and 15-12 before losing 8-15 to 13th seed in the round of 16. She missed the medals by one place, ending 9th of 174.
Jared also fenced Div 2 Men’s Foil on Wednesday morning, representing the Des Moines Fencing Club, and finished 146th of 223.
Both Jared and Sarah fenced on Thursday, starting bright and early with Div 3 Men’s Epee at 8 am. Jared came out of pools 3-3, tied for 87th, but he stayed focused and battled back to upset 40th seed 15-12. He won his next direct elimination matches 15-11, 15-9, and 15-2 before going down 10-15 in the quarterfinals. He placed 8th of 183 and earned his first national medal!
In Div 2 Women’s Epee, Sarah swept her pool again and came out tied for 2nd seed. She won two bouts 15-11 and then lost 12-15 in the round of 32, finishing 17th of 159.
On Sunday, Jim placed 6th and Sarah finished 14th at a tournament at the Iowa City Fencing Center with a bit of an unusual format… (Full results: https://askfred.net/Results/results.php?tournament_id=40084)
Normally, a tournament has two rounds: pools and direct elimination or “DE’s”. For the first round, they split everyone up into groups of 5-8, and each fencer fences everyone in their group (or pool) to 5 points. Based on how a fencer does in pools, they are then seeded into a direct elimination bracket (like March Madness) for the second round. All of the direct elimination bouts go to 15 points, and if you lose, you’re done – you’ve been knocked out.
At the Titanium Man, it’s one giant pool, and all of the bouts go to 15 points. There were 22 fencers this year, which meant that there had to be over 200 bouts fenced on 5 strips. We started fencing at 10:30 am and the last bout ended around 7:30 pm. It made for a long day, but it was good preparation for Summer Nationals!