Great job to our fencers and stand-in coach, Rowen Hicks, for filling in for me at the Shazam Slam in Arizona last weekend! In Y10 Men's Epee, Andrew Moore did a great job in pools and beat the eventual Gold Medalist 5-1, but lost in the DEs to finish 5th overall! Great job! Nicholas Hicks fenced in his 2nd RYC ever and won his first DE to finish 8th overall! Excellent job boys!
In Y14 Men's Epee, Rowen Hicks came out of pools in 3rd and had a hiccup in DEs losing to finish 9th overall! He had a great start to the day and many new lessons learned with a greater desire to work harder.
In Cadet Men's Epee, Rowen Hicks also fenced hard and had a rough day in pools, but won his first DE 15-14 and then lost his second DE to the eventual 3rd place finisher, 14-15, to place 14th overall! Great job!
He also did a great job helping the little ones in Y10 as I was unable to attend.
Great job boys! Let's keep working hard and move toward the future!
Thien Scofield fenced in Y10 Men's Epee and came out 6th out of pools. He fenced well and missed making the top 8 by one touch, 9-10! He fenced hard and is now more focused to keep working hard!
We had some time and were able to go to the City Museum in St. Louis, MO where Coach Sorah along with Thien Scofield and Zoe Kim had a blast climbing everywhere and sliding down 10-story slides!!! It's always good to have fun and enjoy fencing both on and off the strip at the tournaments! Looks like we have another place to visit during Summer Nationals!
In Y12 Women's Epee, Zoe Kim had a rough time in a tough pool and only won 1 bout, but showed great resolve in her first DE against a fencer she lost to in pools. She was down 9-5 and fought her way back, inch by inch, touch by touch, to get to 13-14. She then followed through and tied the bout in remarkable fashion. Instead of being satisfied with her accomplishments thus far, she buckled down and won the bout 15-14!! She fenced very well and lost her next bout, but she finished 15th out of 21 and never gave up! What a great example!
Natalie Leung, from Swords Fencing, had a tough weekend, but fought well throughout! She gained great experience and lost many close bouts, but has only been fencing less than 6 months! Jonathan Oh also fenced in Y12 Men's Foil and earned his first SYC medal ever with a 7th place finish! Coach Sorah had a fun time helping Jonathan as much as she could and saw him fight back and finish strong out of 43 fencers! Great job to all and congratulations to all their fencers and their families!
In Y12 Women's Epee, Zoe Kim earned a 14th place finish out of 33 fencers as she lost to the eventual Gold Medalist. She has been working hard and we look to her bright future as she is still in Y10.
In Y12 Mens Epee, new epeeist, Jonathan Oh, earned his first medal in epee with a 5th place finish out of 40 fencers and a 1st place seeding coming out of pools! What a great result for his 2nd epee tournament ever! Congrats to his foil coach, Forrest MacDougall, and Precision Athletics as well for placing a great foundation in him. Chester Thompson, in his first tournament ever, placed 19th overall which is great for his first time out on the piste! Our Y10 epeeists showed great promise with Thien Scofield placing 34th and Andrew Moore finishing in 38th.
In Y14 Men's Epee, Miles Glapa-Grossklag was 4th out of pools, but lost to get into the top 16 with a close 14-15 loss out of 45 fencers. Rowen Hicks lost to the eventual Silver medalist with another close bout after a rough morning, losing 14-15, and finishing 25th. Evan Matsushita showed a lot of spunk and fight and finished 38th in his first tournament ever! Congrats!
In Y10 Men's Epee, Thien Scofield finished 5th out of 22 fencers and Andrew Moore overcame a close top 16 bout 7-6 to finish 7th overall. Nick Hicks finished 19th, but lost a close 9-10 bout in his first tournament ever! Great job boys!
What a great weekend for everyone and a great start! Let's keep working toward the future! Congratulations to all the fencers and their families!
Allez Fencing Studio earned it's first medal with Zoe Kim in Y10 Women's Epee! Zoe finished 8th overall and was the youngest and shortest on the podium! She has worked so hard this year and it showed! What a great first national medal for Allez and Zoe who still has one more year in Y10 Women's Epee! I'm so proud of this little fencer and look forward to working with her more. Congratulations to Zoe and her family!
This summer nationals also had some new faces enter the competition. Thomas Moore fenced in his first Summer Nationals after being plagued with injuries all year and fenced fairly well. He went 3-3 in pools, defeating one of the top fencers in the country, and then won his first DE ever. He lost to Justin Haddad, the eventual silver medalist, in his next DE with a close bout up to 12-12 where he lost to experience with a final score of 12-15.
Rowen Hicks also had a fantastic run in pools in Y12 Men's Epee where he went 5-1, but ended up meeting his close friend in his 2nd DE, Aaron Liang, who went 4-2 in pools, and he lost a close bout, 13-15, as tends to happen when you face your friends in competition, but we look forward to the future for these two as they continue on.
Darius Kim in his first Y12 Men's Epee National event ever struggled in pools going 1-5, but made an amazing comeback in his first DE against a very good fencer who went 4-2. He was down an incredible 11-5 after the first period and never gave up as he tied the score 13-13. They went into non-combativity priority and Darius received priority while he was down 13-14. He scored one touch to tie it and the last touch was a great parry-repost! It was such an exciting thing to watch and though he lost his next DE, he had one amazing experience!
Thien Scofield, after some circumstances prevented him from training all year, fought well in Y10 Men's Epee and made some incredible touches overall for such a tiny and determined fencer. He has one more year in Y10 and fought well in his first DE, but lost a close one 8-10. I look forward to what this season will bring as he works hard to compete more this year.
Isabel Kim also came out to compete and made an impressive effort as she won her first pool bout in a national competition in Y10 Women's Epee! It was a good small step forward for her as she has one more year in Y10 and we look forward to her future as she trains more this year as well.
work hard both off and on the strip. The trip ended with another great Swords' fencer who I was honored to coach through the semis of Y10 Men's Epee. Christopher Dekermanji, who has only been fencing for 9 months, fought through many bouts to reach the semis and earned the Bronze medal, losing to the eventual Gold Medalist. He works so hard with his primary coach, Tigran Shaginian, and it definitely paid off. I loved being there for him and coaching him to his first Nationals and first Nationals medal ever. Congratulations to all his coaches and his family!