Tournaments are coming!

Hi friends! In the past few weeks, we’ve been to 2 tournaments, Chaos Invitational at University of Maryland Baltimore County and Temple Open at Temple University. Some newbies already had fun fencing in the real competitions, and returning members also found themselves being improved! In the next several weeks, they can continue enjoying themselves in the upcoming tournaments:

Sunday 11/15/15- BWCFC Fall Meet; Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA

Saturday 12/5/15- Trico Meet; Haverford College, Haverford, PA

Sunday 12/6/15- NIWFA Christmas Invitational; Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

This year is the third year for us to hold BWCFC Fall Meet on campus. Our fencers are well prepared to welcome our peers from other schools, so definitely come watch us fencing and support us!

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News for Spring 2015 Semester

We have a number of tournaments this semester, near and far- come check us out if you’re in the area! We’ll also soon be announcing more details on our annual alum tournament, which we plan to hold on the afternoon of Saturday May 2nd, the day before May Day.

Saturday 2/21- BWCFC Spring Meet; George Washington University, Washington, D.C  — Cancelled due to weather conditions!

Saturday 2/28- NIWFA Championships; Lafayette College, Easton, PA

Saturday 4/11- USACFC Championships; Bensalem High School, Bensalem, PA

Saturday 4/19- BWCFC Championships; Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA

 

Our first years (and all our other members) are eagerly awaiting the start of Hell Week on February 18th! For the second year in a row, we will be providing them with a fun, fencing-themed schedule of activities. Tasks from last year include: fencing with spoons, challenging Coach to a duel, and chasing geese using proper footwork.

Also happening this semester is our traditional sports bra sale! The sports bras are black with gold lettering that says “Bryn Mawr Supports Women”, and come in sizes S-XXL. Contact Maggie Alvarez (mralvarez@brynmawr.edu) for more information on purchasing one (or more)!

Upcoming Tournaments

Now that the semester is in full swing, we have a number of upcoming tournaments that our fencers will be attending! Some of our experienced fencers will be attending Temple Open on Saturday, November 1st, in their McGonigle Hall. This year Bryn Mawr is hosting the Baltimore-Washington Collegiate Fencing Conference on Sunday, November 16th. If you’re in the area, please come watch and cheer us on!

 

Saturday 10/1- Temple Open; Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

Sunday 11/16- BWCFC Fall Meet; Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA

Saturday 12/6- Tri-Co and Drexel Scrimmage; Haverford College, Haverford, PA

Sunday 12/7- NIWFA Christmas Invitational; Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ

BWCFC Championships 2014

At the end of the semester, the team had a number of exciting events, key among them being the Baltimore-Washington Collegiate Fencing Conference 2014 Championships! On April 27th, we headed down to George Washington University in D.C. for the day. Congratulations to everyone on a great year!

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For more photos, check out the full album on our fans & alums Facebook page!

Alum tournament 5/3

Update: We will be holding our informal tournament for alums and current members on Saturday 5/3, the day before May Day, at 1pm at the Graduate School gym!  Click HERE  for the Facebook event with more details and updated information.

Please RSVP either on Facebook or via email by this Friday to give us an idea of who’s going!

This will be the second year we’ll be doing this, so we’re hoping to make it a true tradition! Equipment will all be provided. We’re hoping to get lunch before or dinner after, and have some time for everyone to hang out. If you will be in the area, please consider joining us for a fun time!

Questions?: emaroni@brynmawr.edu

 

 

Happy New Year! + Very Belated 12/7 Scrimmage Post

Happy New Year! I realized that we never posted anything about our scrimmage back on December 7th! We had a scrimmage on Haverford’s campus with Haverford, Swarthmore, Drexel, and ourselves. Drexel was in the middle of exams, so only 4 of their members were able to make it, so we helped them fill in the gaps, essentially combining Drexel and Bryn Mawr into one team for the day! Everyone had a great time and it was a great opportunity to get some more experience in!

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We’re all looking forward to the start of the new semester and to even more fencing! The schedule of tournaments and events will be posted as soon as as possible, both here and on our Facebook page for fans & alums.

Fall Meet

On November 23rd, a large group of our fencers make the long trek to Temple University in Philly for this year’s Fall Meet! We had 4 sabres, 6 epees, and 7 foils in attendance. Everyone did well and had a lot of fun! Check out our fans and alums Facebook page for more photos!

This Saturday we’ll be heading over to Haverford’s campus for a scrimmage with Haverford, Swarthmore, and Drexel. Fencing should start at 11AM in the fencing gym in Haverford’s Gardner Integrated Athletic Center (GIAC). If you’re in the area, come by and see us!

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Chaos Invite and Temple Open

On October 19th, 17 of our fencers, including many new members, left at 4:30AM to drive down to Maryland for Chaos Invitational. It was a long day, but everyone did well and had a great time! For more photos and detailed information, check out our album for this and for Temple Open on our Facebook page for fans and alums !

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Upcoming Tournaments- Fall 2013

We’re really getting into the fall season now, and with that comes tournaments! Next week (10/12-10/20) is our fall break (already??). On Saturday October 19th, we’ll be heading to our first tournament of the year, Chaos Invitational down at University of Maryland, College Park, in Maryland. Many of our returning fencers as well as many of our new members- 17 individuals total- will be attending (at least, those who will be around then). Fencers of all levels can be found at Chaos, including a large number of fencers who are new to the sport, as much of our team is. We’re all looking forward to it!

The weekend after that, a smaller number will be headed to Temple Open on Saturday October 26th, at Temple University in Philadelphia. Temple Open is a bit more serious event, so the students going to this tournament are those with more experience. Other fencers, especially the beginners, are highly encouraged to attend so they can observe and learn more about the sport and about how tournaments work!

Fall Meet will also be happening at some point in late November-early December, at a date that has yet to be determined.

BWCFC Champs Recap

Yesterday the fencing team attended the BWCFC (Baltimore-Washington Collegiate Fencing Conference) 2013 championship tournament on the campus of the Universtity of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), in Baltimore, MD. The bus left at 6:30AM from campus; we stopped in Philly to pick up members of the Drexel fencing team, with whom we were sharing the bus, and headed straight down to UMBC. The épée squad was composed of Marianne Wald ’14 (épée squad captain), Megan Guntrum ’16, and Elizabeth Vandenberg ’16. The foil squad consisted of Emily Maroni ’15 (foil squad captain), Raija Heikkila ’15, and Brittani Ivan ’16. The sabre squad included Anna Kalinsky ’15 (sabre squad captain), Carolyn Jacoby ’14, Elizabeth Anne Newberry ’16, and Maho Okumura ’16. For juniors Marianne and Carolyn, this was their third time at BWCFC Champs, and for sophomores Emily and Anna this was their second time. For the rest of the team members, this was their very first time competing in this tournament. Also in attendance in support of the team were Ali Raeber ’13, Abby Hochman ’13, Rorrie Mankins ’14, and Maddie Dubin ’16, as well as our coach, who also spent the day coaching his Drexel team and assisting with the tournament.

There were over 120 fencers in all, split by gender, with women starting off first. Everyone fenced in 5-6 person pools in 5-touch bouts, and the results from those pools were used to determine the brackets for the direct elimination (DE) rounds. In DE rounds, the bouts go to 15-touches, or the 9-minute time limit mark.

Sabre captain Anna Kalinsky ’15 won her first DE bout 15-9, and her very exciting 15-13 second bout landed her in the semifinals, where she defeated the first-seed Kimberly Chan (from Drexel) 15-14. In the final bout she lost 5-15, earning the silver medal for women’s sabre!  Epee captain Marianne Wald ’14 was seeded first among the women epeeists from the results of her pool, allowing her to pass in the first round of the DE bracket. In her first DE bout, she won 15-12, and went on to earn 3rd place in women’s épée overall, with a score of 7-15 in the semifinals. We’re all extremely proud of both Anna and Marianne for their medals, and for the entire team’s hard work and dedication!

Everyone had an exciting time and gained a lot of important experience. We hope to do even better next year overall and will continue to work even harder towards this goal! While this may have been our last tournament of the year, practices will continue on through finals. We’re all looking forward to a small alum tournament on May 4th, the annual writing and performance of the St. George and the Dragon play on May Day (which is going to be held this year on Sunday, May 5th), and our team dinner on Wednesday the 8th!

UPDATE: We were featured on the college athletics page, found here!