Dunwoody Fencing club held a tournament this weekend that included an “A” rated senior mixed epee event (meaning it was competitive enough that the winner gets a USFA “A” rating). This was a very competitive event with 20 rated fencers and 11 Division I fencers (C and higher)
Six Pope fencers competed:
Ian L finished 3rd, winning a bronze medal and increasing his rating from “D” to “B”.
Luben J finished 7th, increasing his rating from “D” to “C”.
Christi N finished 13th.
Katie V R finished 17th.
Anthony S finished 21st
Anna DM finished 28th
Congratulations all six fencers and especially to Ian and Luben on their new ratings, and to Anna who in her first USFA tournament managed to finish higher than a fencer who was ranked in the top 16 in the GHSFL this season.
I know that we are not finished with this school year yet, but the League had its spring meeting today and announced proposed dates for next season’s tournaments. Tournament schedules are always subject to change, especially this far out, but here is the list so that you can see when we might be fencing. I have noted in bold type some potential conflicts with test dates and Cobb school breaks.
22 September. Experienced fencers only.
6 October. SAT test date.
27 October. ACT test date. Pope will host, Coach Eichler has booked the main gym.
17 November. Start of Thanksgiving Break.
23 February. Individual Championship. Hosted by Northview.
2 March. Team Championship. Hosted by Pope.
As in this past season, there are seven regular season dates with the schools being split between two tournaments on each date (which schools go to which tournament is still to be decided). The regular season is followed by an Individual Championship and a Team Championship. The tournaments are a little more spread out than they were this season, with the Individual Championship being at the end instead of the beginning of February, and the Team Championship being at the beginning of March.
Holiday Team Tournament
Alpharetta is offering to host a team tournament during the winter break (probably 5 January – a few days before Pope opens after the break). This is just for fun; it has no effect on league standings. Each school can send as many teams (three or four fencers of the same sex) as it likes so anyone who wants to compete can do so. There will be an entry fee of $20 per team. Fencers from schools with less than three fencers can be added to another school’s team.
I hope all fencers will consider joining us for the Pope Fencing Summer Camp 23 – 27 July in the Pope Cafeteria. The camp is open to all Pope fencers as well as any students who will be in 5th through 12th grade next year at any school. Information about the camp and how to sign up is on this website, click on “Camp” on the menu at the top of the page.