Seacoast Fencers Results on Saturday

Seacoast had another excellent weekend for our fencers.  Our Rochester club hosted a D tournament this Saturday with 67 competitors, which included the largest women’s foil event that our division has had in over a year.  We drew fencers from as far away as New Jersey, Connecticut, and Rhode Island, as well as the neighboring states of Vermont, Massachusetts, and Maine.  Seventeen Seacoast fencers competed, and three of our junior’s went home with medals. 

Our best result was a silver medal by Hannah McPherson in the Women’s Foil D.  She fought a hard battle in the final, scoring three touches in a row to tie the bout at 14-14.  Unfortunately, her run ended, and she finished in second place.

In the Mixed Epee D, our fencers tied for third.  Brian Austin and Solomon Bixby fenced well, but ultimately lost in the semi-finals.  However, Brian earned his first rating with this finish, and is now an E-17, while Solomon re-earned his rating.  Congratulations to these three, and to all the Seacoast members who entered, and through competition, became better fencers.

 

A Busy Weekend of Fencing

This past weekend, eight Seacoast fencers competed in events in three states: a National tournament in Richmond, VA, an NCAA team meet at Brandeis in Massachusetts, and a local event in Concord, NH.

Two Seacoast fencers competed in the veteran events at the Richmond Virginia NAC this past weekend.  Ida Choy fenced each of the four days, in two women’s foil and two women’s epee events.  On Friday, her first day of fencing, Ida just missed a medal in the 40+Veteran Women’s Epee, finishing 9th. But on Sunday, Ida started her foil events, and earned a 6th place medal in the 40+Veteran Women’s Foil.  And on Monday, Ida received her second medal, with another 6th place finish in Veteran Women’s Foil.

On Sunday, Gerry just missed the medal rounds,  with a 9th place finish in the 70+Veteran Men’s Epee.

And in NCAA competitions, Sam Wood defeated a 2016  All American saber fencer in a big NCAA meet this weekend at Brandeis University, helping her Yale team beat all five of the other college teams there.   And Sam got a mention in the Yale press release below.

http://www.yalebulldogs.com/sports/w-fenc/2016-17/releases/20161204qyvj3o

In local tournaments, Seacoast fencers had five top eight finishes, and earned two medals  in the E meet at the Concord Fencing Club.  Gabe Tarbuck was undefeated in the pools, and  finished 3rd in the Mixed Epee E, and Mike Houst finished seventh.  In the Mixed Foil E, Casey Wohlers (also undefeated in the pools) finished sixth.  And in the Women’s Foil E, Hannah McPherson finished third, and Maddie Geier finished fifth.

Congratulations to all our fencers!

Winter Term Fencing

The Winter term is upon us, and starts this Thursday, December 1.  Please bring a check payable to Seacoast Fencing Club (or cash) the first meeting you attend.  Fencers returning from school activities, remember that you must be a member of USA Fencing.  You can join online at https://www.railstation.org/usfencing/MembershipRegistration.aspx  I recommend a competitive membership, so you can fence in the many tournaments in New Hampshire and neighboring states.

It is winter, and eventually we will have snow and ice storms.  We will always close during these events, as I don’t believe anyone should risk their lives coming to fencing.  I will send emails and post on this website whenever we close due to weather conditions.

The prices for Winter term are below (three months: December, January, & February)

Children (ages 7 to 12) $260

Youth (ages 12-14) $275

Junior/Adult (14 -74) $290

Advanced Class $90    Prorated from whenever you join the ongoing class. Tuesday in Rochester, Monday in Manchester: 7:45-8:15 pm.  This class is recommended for all new Youth, Junior, and Adult fencers, and is the most economical way to start fencing at a higher level.

Unrated Tournament Results

Seacoast Fencing Club hosted a very successful unrated tournament in Rochester this past Saturday, and our fencers did an outstanding job.  We earned a third of all the E ratings given out, with Nick Demers, from our Manchester club, winning one of the Mixed Foil events, and Mike Houst, from our Rochester club, winning one of the Mixed Epee events.  Congratulations to both of them on a fine day of fencing.

Seacoast fencers also took two silver medals: Maddie Geier (Rochester) was second in Women’s Epee, and Ryan McKenzie (Manchester) was second in Mixed Epee.  We also earned four bronze medals: Ryan McKenzie (Manchester) in the earlier Mixed Epee, Hannah McPherson (Manchester) in Mixed Foil, and Katie Austin (Rochester) and Caroline Hayes (Manchester) tying for third in Women’s Epee.

This was a very well attended event, with fencers coming from three different clubs in New Hampshire, as well as fencers from Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island.  We held three unrated foil events and three unrated epee events, and were able to give six fencers their first rating.  And Seacoast fencers won a third of all the medals awarded!   Everyone had a great experience, with highly competitive bouts in every event.

The New Season Starts at Seacoast!

Seacoast Fencers,

USA Fencing certainly had a great Olympics with four medals- and now is the time to have a great season! Whether you strive for competitive success, or simply enjoy the fun and camaraderie of fencing in a great club, Seacoast’s season starts in September!

Remember, you must be a current member of the USFA– last year’s membership will have expired, unless you joined with a competitive membership after April 1, 2016 or have a multi-year membership. I strongly recommend a competitive membership, so you can enter tournaments. The link to join USA Fencing is:

https://www.railstation.org/usfencing/MembershipRegistration.aspx

We start all programs in September: Children, Youth, Junior, and Adult. The program days and times have not changed from last season and can be found under Hours and Directions.

Beginning and intermediate classes in both clubs start Thursday, September 8.

Manchester starts Wednesday, September 7We will have a meeting for parents on that day at 7:00 pm, to collect checks, explain how the program runs, what is expected from both you and your child, and the upcoming tournaments appropriate for your child. We will have a team meeting for Youth, Junior, and Adult fencers on Monday, September 12 at 7:30 pm.  I will talk to the fencers and parents of the Children’s Training on 9/7 at 6:00 pm.

Rochester starts Thursday September 8.  We will have a meeting for parents on that day at 7:00 pm, to collect checks, explain how the program runs, what is expected from both you and your child, and the upcoming tournaments appropriate for your child. We will have a team meeting for the Youth, Junior, and Adult fencers on Tuesday, September 13 at 7:30 pm.  I will talk to the fencers and parents of the Children’s Training on 9/7 at 6:00 pm.

See you soon!

Chris Pullo, Head Coach

The prices for Fall term are below (three months: September thru November)

Children (ages 7 to 12) $260

Youth (ages 12-14) $275

Junior/Adult (14 -74) $290

Advanced Class $90    Tuesday in Rochester, Monday in Manchester: 7:45-8:15 pm.  The first nine week class will start at the end of September.  This class is recommended for all new Youth, Junior, and Adult fencers, and is the most economical way to start fencing at a higher level.