What a season for three of our junior fencers! Starting with the Portland D tournament in March, the luck of the draw put all six of the Seacoast fencers in the top half of the direct elimination tableau, where they kept eliminating their teammates. Casey Wohlers (16 yrs) took out Christian Anderson (13 yrs) in the semifinals, who then took third. Casey went on to win the foil event.
In April, Seacoast Fencing Club hosted the Northeast Division National Qualifiers, Seacoast dominated the Y14 men’s foil, with Christian Anderson in first place, Gus Ewald (14 yrs) second, and Trevor Wohlers (12 yrs) third. All three qualified for the National Championships. In the Division 2/3 Qualifiers, Hannah McPherson (16 yrs) won the women’s foil, and Casey Wohlers was second in the men’s foil, and both qualified for the Nationals.
Also in April, Christian Anderson won the foil event at the Portland E meet, and earned his E rating. Inle Bush (15 yrs), was undefeated in the pools and took third, as did Jay Wendell (14 yrs). May brought more excellent results, starting with the Concord C meet, where Inle competed in his first epee tournament, finished third, and earned an E rating. One week later, Inle was once again third in epee at the Seacoast C meet, where Casey Wohlers, a foil fencer at his first epee tournament, finished second! In foil, his primary weapon, Casey was third at a C meet in Worcester, and second at the Spring Open in Concord, where his teammate Inle took third. The Northeast Division finished the competitive season at the Wide Open at Seacoast Fencing Club on June 1, Casey was third in the foil event.
Congratulations to Christian and Inle for earning their E rating, and to Casey and Inle for earning medals in both their primary weapon- foil, and in their new weapon- epee. The two of them are continuing the Seacoast tradition of proving good fencing works in all weapons!
And while the Bay State Games were in July (which is not in the spring), Karen Brennan traveled south, finishing third, and earned her first medal in veteran (40 plus) women’s foil.