Rochester fencers, we will be open for all levels of training tonight. The snow ended mid afternoon, and is now gone, so if you drive carefully, there should be no problem coming in to fence tonight (Thursday night, February 22).
Seacoast fencers have been doing well in the first three tournaments this month. Starting at the D meet on December 3, Cam Borgal (who is a member of UNH & Seacoast), won the Mixed Epee, moving from an unrated fencer straight to a D-2017. Caroline Hayes took second in Women’s Epee. The Bixby family had a busy day, with father (Peter) and son (Solomon) competing in both the foil and epee events. In Mixed Epee, they tied for third, and in Mixed Foil, Solomon took the silver medal. Casey Wohlers finished in the top eight in that event as well.
At the first Northeast Division Youth Team meet in Portland on December 9, our young Seacoast fencers had a great day. The two SFC Y12 teams took first and second (Christian Anderson, Steven DeCesare, Dominic Smith, Trevor Wohlers, Gannon Hughes, and Jasper Vergo). Our one Y14 team (Jay Wendel- undefeated that day, Christian Anderson, Roshnni Rajkumar, and Trevor Wohlers) took first as well. It was a great experience for our younger fencers, and team meets are always fun!
On December 17, our Rochester club hosted the qualifers for the Junior Olympics Tournament coming up on February 16 to 19 in Memphis TN. This is the National Championship for the best Under 17 and Under 20 fencers in the country. The qualifers were held to select the top three fencers in our Division that would represent the Northeast Division. We had a great day- every Seacoast fencer who entered qualified in at least one event! Here are the five fencers who have committed to go: Julia Burke (saber and foil), Hannah McPherson (foil), Maddie Geier (epee), Caroline Hayes (epee), and Casey Wohlers (foil). These five fencers will be competing in nine events at the Junior Olympics.
Congratulations to all our fencers for a terrific set of results this month!
Seacoast Fencing Club will be closed for the following days:
Manchester will close on Saturday Dec 23, and Monday Dec 25. It will also close on Monday Jan 1. We will be open on Wednesday Dec 27, and Saturday Dec 30.
Rochester will close on Sunday Dec 24, and Tuesday Dec 26. It will also close on Sunday Dec 31. We will be open on Thursday Dec 28, and Tuesday Jan 2.
Have a wonderful Holiday!
The three month Winter term at Seacoast has started! Please bring the tuition at the first meeting this month. I will be starting the Advanced I class after the holidays.
Tuition for the three month Winter term (December, January, February)
Advanced Class $95 (a great way to learn more offensive and defensive techniques for newer fencers).
Please bring cash or a check (payable to Seacoast Fencing Club) to the first meeting. I do not have credit, debit, paypal, or bitcoin capability.
Children (change) will be joining the Youth on Saturdays (11:00 to 12:00) & Wednesdays (6:30 to 7:30 pm on Wednesdays.
Youths will be 11:00 am to 12:30 pm on Saturdays, & 6:30 to 7:45 pm on Wednesdays.
Juniors and Adults will now meet on Saturdays, 12:00 to 2:00 pm, and Mondays and Wednesdays 7:00 to 9:00 pm.
Children will be 6:00 to 7:00 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Youths will be 6:30 to 7:45 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Juniors and Adults will be on Sundays, 6:00 to 8:00 pm, and Tuesdays and Thursdays 7:00 to 9:00 pm.
Rochester fencers can also come to the Manchester club on Saturdays if you want to pick up an extra day of fencing (with new people). No extra charge, as all Seacoast fencers can train in either or both clubs, any time we are open.
As usual, I am happy to stay an extra half hour if fencers want more time on the strip!
Seacoast Team Meet #1 is being moved one day earlier, to Saturday, November 4. Y10, Y12, Y14 and Unclassified Foil will all start at 12:00 noon, and should be over by 3:30 pm. Sign ups for the Epee and Saber are low right now, but if we get at least six fencers, those events will start at 3:30 pm.
If you have not signed up for this meet, please do so as soon as possible. The link is below: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1iH32SgKa9pigxthRo73NjtMPmIeUIh1K3bimcToevQs/edit#gid=0