Updates and Stuff
Tournament updates, general fencing posts
Stephen Ewart also had his highest finish in Division I Men's Epee, the highest US level, by placing a very tough 15th overall. After a rough start in pools, Stephen fenced the number 2 seed out of pools and 17th ranked Senior Men's Epeeist, Dennis Kraft. After a 15-10 win, he had to face the very skilled Marat Israelian who placed 2nd in the last Division I NAC. Stephen was determined and focused and came out on top with a 15-8 win over a very tough opponent. Stephen then fenced with top Senior Dwight Smith, where he won 15-10. He then lost his top 24 bout to Zeyad Elashry 15-13 which put him in the repechage rounds. He then fenced a tough bout against top Junior fencer, Justin Yoo, to come back from behind and win 15-14. He ended up losing to Adi Thein-Sandler to get to top 12, 15-13, to finish in 15th overall. Joey Rafidi also joined Stephen in the top 32 out of over 286 fencers by finishing in 23rd overall. They all did an excellent job and we look forward to the future.
With these finishes, Stephen continues on his journey to be one of the top 3 in the nation to be selected for the Cadet Men's Epee team to be held in Bourges France in April 2016. We wish him luck in the upcoming Bratislava tournament and to Junior Olympics in February. Go Stephen!
Swords Fencing Studio had an overall great turnout at this Division I and Vet NAC held in Baltimore, MD.
The weather was nicer than expected and there was some excellent fencing.
Long time student and MIT grad, Joey Rafidi, started the tournament weekend strongly with a great 7th place finish in Division I Men's Epee. With a large competitive field, Joey went straight through repechage to the top 8 after a weak 4-2 pool start. He fenced top ranked Jimmy Moody twice, winning 15-8 the first time to lose and end up in 7th the second time by a 15-13 score. This finish puts Joey into the 12th overall Team position for the Senior Men's Epee National Point List. We look forward to seeing him in St. Louis as he strives ever higher and as he competes internationally as well. This is Joey's next big result after earning a Junior Men's Epee spot when he was still studying at MIT. Go Joey!
Stephen Ewart, Cadet Men's Epee Team hopeful and 2nd in the nation as of this post, after a strong 5-1 pool start, made the top 32 in Division I Men's Epee with Joey in a large field of 226 and finished a respectable 26th in his bid to make the Cadet Men's Epee National Team. Great job and we look forward to his results this weekend in St. Louis as well. Good luck!
Our veteran women's fencers came out in strong force over the weekend with great results!
Michele Chimienti, after taking a break from fencing, comes back and took 3rd in the Vet 40 Women's Epee event and a strong 9th place in the Veteran Combined event.
Mary Huang also competed in the Veteran Combined and placed a respectable 24th while taking 10th in the Vet 60 Women's Epee event.
Loy Grotts only fenced in the Vet 60 Women's Epee but came away with a 12th place finish! Great job to all our Vet Women who show us that you can fence at any age and that fencing is not just for the young, but also the young at heart!
Great job to all who competed and we wish luck to all our fencers competing in this upcoming January NAC in St. Louis, Missouri.
Congratulations to all our fencers who competed at the Monrovia Epee Youth Challenge back in December. This tournament is a great intro tournament and exposes all youth fencers to the competition circuit!
We had some great finishes from brand new first timers as well as some more experienced fencers as well.
In Y14 Mixed Epee, youth 12 fencer, Stafford Moosekian, fenced well and went undefeated for the day with a Gold finish! He was followed closely by newcomer Brian Ferrante who finished a respectable 5th place overall! Great job you guys and keep up the good work!
In Y12 Mixed Epee, Jackson Norbutas finished in the top 8 with a 5th place finish! Great job!
In Y10 Mixed Epee, our smallest and youngest group competed against the more experienced and older y10 fencers to a strong overall finish. Darius Kim finished 5th and Thien Scofield followed behind him with a 6th place finish. The beginning girls fought hard and did well. Zoe Kim placed 9th followed by Isabel Kim in 10th. This was Isabel's first tournament after fencing for about a month! She had early jitters but came out with a really close direct elimination bout against a much more experienced fencer losing 10-7! Great job girls and boys! Keep trying and moving forward!