It's been a hectic first few weeks of school but it feels great to be on campus -- especially with our fourteen new freshmen! They are an amazing, motivated group of people who come from all over the United States and even Europe; and I could not be more excited to have each and every one of them on the team. I first met the freshmen during our team's "Beach Week", where we worked out together and got back in shape out on North Beach on campus. It was a great team-bonding experience and most definitely my favorite part of welcome week.
After doing squat jumps, suicides, and sprints in the sand, we finally hit the strip for our first non-collegiate meet of the season. We held the United States Fencing Association Burton Open at the Henry Crown Sports Pavilion, and as usual, swept the medals. We earned gold medals in all three weapons and had 19 top-10 finishes. For those of you that don't know, there are three different weapons in fencing. Foil (the weapon I fence, and therefore the best one), epée, and sabre. There are different target areas for each one, meaning where a fencer can hit and score a touch varies for the differing weapons. There are a lot more differences among the weapons, but I think you would much rather witness the sport in person than read my lengthy explanation. So, next time we have a home meet, come out and support the 'Cats!
All in all, the Burton Open was a solid warm-up for the upcoming season and a great opportunity for the freshmen to show us what they've got. As expected, they performed extremely well and I'm so glad they are now a part of the Wildcat family. It's going to be an exciting season, especially with all the positive energy they contribute to the team.
Our next competition will take place later this month on October 26th and 27th at the Henry Crown Sports Pavilion. We'll be participating in the Remenyik Open as another warm-up before our first collegiate meet in November.
Until next time,