Last Sunday, many of our youth fencers competed at our Equinox Epee Youth tournament. We usually hold these events in the same large venue as the rest of the Equinox events, but due to gym availability this year, we split out the youth events into their own tournament, held at the club.
We had 6 kids fence in Y10 Mixed Epee, 4 in Y12, and 7 in Y14. It was the first tournament for quite a few of them, and the younger ones are looking forward to fencing each other more during regular youth practices in April. Everyone did a great job using the skills they’ve been working on in lessons and displaying excellent sportsmanship.
Everyone also earned Heartland Youth Circuit points, and we’ll make those awards at the end of the season.
Cheryl, Sarah, and RDF alum Evan (who fences at ICFC now that he attends U of I), competed at the Arnold Fencing Classic Regional Open Circuit tournament last Friday and Saturday in Columbus, OH. In Veteran Women’s Epee, Cheryl tied for 3rd, got a cool-lookin’ medal, and is now qualified for Veteran Women’s Epee at Summer Nationals. Sarah placed 7th in Div 2 Women’s Epee and 10th in Div 1A, missing the medals by a single point but still qualifying for Summer Nationals in both events. Evan finished 37th in Div 2 Men’s Epee and 62nd in Div 1A.
The final schedule for the (now not-quite-appropriately-named) Equinox Epee is two events on Sunday, April 10: Senior Mixed Epee at 9 am and D & Under Mixed Epee at 1 pm. Unfortunately, we’ve had to cancel the smallest event, Women’s Epee.
The venue is the old Franklin Jr. High, which was used as a megachurch before being purchased by a private entity that is trying to creatively repurpose it. Parking and entrance are on the northeast side, off 48th St. in Des Moines.
We’ve rescheduled the senior events (D & Under, Mixed, Women’s) for the Equinox Epee tournament from March 26-27 to April 9-10 (yes, it is no longer anywhere near the actual spring equinox, but we’re sticking with the name). The Y10, Y12, and Y14 events will be held at the club on Sunday, March 27, and you can sign up for those here: https://askfred.net/Events/moreInfo.php?tournament_id=50113
There are a couple reasons for the reschedule: April 9-10 is a better date for referees and we need enough lead time to get plane tickets for a higher level referee (we like to use this as a training & development opportunity for local referees), the Minnesota division has scheduled a tournament for the original weekend, and the school district whose facilities we used to use no longer allows tape on their floors, so we’re working on an alternative facility. The amount of space and time we get will determine the schedule of events, so please don’t make any non-refundable travel plans yet. If you preregister for the tournament on askFred, you will receive an email as soon as we know the schedule.
We’re not currently planning to do youth events on April 9-10, but depending on how much time/space we can get, we may add a 4th event.
At the Igloo Open at the Iowa City Fencing Center yesterday, Daniel tied for 3rd, Mat finished 6th, RDF alum Evan (now at ICFC) was 9th, Tasha was 16th, and Campbell was 17th in Senior Mixed Epee. Daniel earned his “C” rating/classification, and Mat earned his “D”!
RDF fencer Ava traveled to Salt Lake City, UT to compete at Junior Olympics, which is national championships for the Junior and Cadet age divisions. In Cadet Women’s Epee on Monday, she finished 157th and made some great touches. She was pleased by her improving ability to emotionally recover from a loss, and some things she’s been working on in practice came together in competition, which is always a good feeling for a fencer!
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!
RDF hosted an Iowa Division-sponsored referee seminar lead by Certified Referee Instructor and 2004 Olympic saber fencer Ivan Lee this weekend. We really appreciate Ivan traveling from New York to Iowa while we were getting 12 inches of snow and running an excellent seminar. Ivan is a dynamic speaker, full of wisdom, and passionate about developing new referees and coaching them to success.
Not only do referee seminars give aspiring referees the chance to become certified referees with USA Fencing, they are part of continuing education requirements for those already certified. Attendees came from the Des Moines Fencing Club, Iowa City Fencing Center, Iowa State University Fencing Club, Omaha Fencing Club, and RDF. There is a lot of material to cover, but all of the participants were prepared, asked good questions, and almost everyone tested for certification. We all are thankful for Ivan’s feedback and encouragement!
Fencers Daniel, Chantal, and Jack had an exhausting but educational time at the Twin Cities Fencing Club’s annual Winter Camp, Dec. 28-30. We spent a lot of time on false actions – basically actions that are not “real” or committed, which help set up your real, committed action for success by conditioning your opponent to anticipate something other than your real action. We stayed at a nearby rental house with some fencers from the Lincoln Fencing Club, which allowed us to cook some meals and socialize. Our legs were sore, but we had a lot of fun!
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.