RDF to Host Equinox Epee March 9-10

We’re hosting the 5th annual Equinox Epee tournament the weekend of March 9-10 at Valley Southwoods Freshman High School in West Des Moines.

Schedule of Events:
(Times are close of registration; fencing will begin shortly thereafter.)

Saturday 3/9:
12:00 pm – Senior Mixed Epee
3:30 pm – Y14 Mixed Epee
4:30 pm – Women’s Epee

Sunday 3/10:
9:00 am – Div3/D & Under Senior Mixed Epee
9:30 am – Y10 Unsanctioned Mixed Epee
10:30 am – Y12 Unsanctioned Mixed Epee

Athletes & parents: USA Fencing competitive membership is required for the Open, D & Under (Div3), Women’s and Y14 events, but not Y10 or Y12. Cost is $30 + $10 per sanctioned event (ex.: D & Under + Women’s = $50, Y12 + Y14 = $40). Sign up on askfred.

As always, it’s free to watch, and there will be fencers of all ages from around the Midwest!

Club managers: here’s a flier to hang in your club – 2019 equinox epee. Here’s a version that uses less toner – 2019 equinox epee – toner saver.

Icicle Invitational Results

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.

Full results: https://askfred.net/Results/results.php?tournament_id=41220

KCCI News Features RDF in Fitness Resolutions Piece

We’re on the news! KCCI News Channel 8’s Hannah Hilyard and Cortney Kinzer featured the club in this lovely piece about fun ways to keep your new year’s resolution of being more active:

https://www.kcci.com/article/if-you-hate-gyms-here-s-how-you-can-get-in-shape-stay-sharp/25729960?fbclid=IwAR15_fOmgZ-v-RLW1kDerRsYmx_TTJU2crJLwd2UxdIG0lHPx1sfZl3dy2s

Thanks to Cheryl, Evan, Jared, and Mindy for sharing their passion for the sport and looking beautiful for the camera! 😉

RDF December Youth Tournament Results

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

Midwest ROC/RJCC Results

The day after Thanksgiving, Sarah and Colin traveled to Peoria, IL to fence at the Midwest Regional Open/Junior/Cadet Circuit tournament. Colin fenced well and was 2nd out of pools in Junior Men’s Epee but lost his first direct elimination match, putting him 5th overall. Sarah had a bit of a rough time in Div 1A Women’s Epee pools, but upset 1st seed to make it to the final bout, where she lost and ended up with the silver medal. The next day, she fenced Division 2 Women’s Epee. This time she was 1st out of pools and lost 3-3 in overtime in the finals, finishing 2nd again. Full results: https://www.fencingtimelive.com/tournaments/eventSchedule/98DB13E3190D485B94C13A6783BFABA4#today

Sioux City Challenge Results

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

Rajah Invitational Results

The Valley (High School) Fencing Club hosted a tournament at RDF last weekend, and we think it was pretty successful.
The high schoolers did a great job running their tournament, which had 3 saber events, 2 epee events, and 1 foil event. There were about 40 fencers from almost every club in Iowa (8 from RDF), plus a few from other states, and three people earned new classifications. We’re very impressed with the kids’ professionalism and organization skills (they made t-shirts, signs, awards, and even had concessions – with healthy snacks, too, based on feedback from their first tournament last spring!). 
In Unrated Mixed Epee on Saturday, Daniel A. won the silver medal, Ethan placed 6th at his first tournament, Colin placed 9th at his first US tournament, Simon was 12th in his first senior (ages 13+) event, and Kaden finished 16th but sure made Daniel A. work for that victory!
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Unrated Mixed Epee medalists: 1st – Jesse (ISUFC), 2nd – Daniel (RDF), 3rd (tie) – Quinn (ISUFC) & Nat (DMFC)
On Sunday, Colin won the silver medal in the Open Epee event, beating the fencer who knocked him out the day before and earning his E18 classification! Nick ended 9th, Daniel was 14th, and Mindy was 16th in her first tournament.
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Open Mixed Epee medalists: 1st – Colton (KCFC), 2nd – Colin (RDF), 3rd (tie) – Jesse & Quinn (ISUFC)
 
Thank you to the Valley Fencing Club for putting on the event, all the athletes who participated, the referees and coaches, and all of the parents and families that supported the event in various ways!