The 'Cats kicked off 2014 with an interesting first week of our winter quarter. As Wildcats, we weren't going to allow a few unexpected snow days caused by the sub-zero temperatures, lost fencing equipment at the airport, and stranded teammates in Europe (Hi Stella!) to stand in our way. This past weekend we left our scarves, gloves, and hats behind and flew to Palo Alto, California where we competed in the Western Invitational.
This year, Stanford hosted the meet and invited us to compete in an exhibition match the night before the duals. On their home turf and in front of many fans, the 'Cats were able to come through with a convincing win. We defeated them 17-10 on Friday night and again Saturday morning by a final score of 18-9. After fencing Stanford on Saturday, we then defeated UC Davis, Caltech, Air Force, and Florida. We completed the weekend with a cumulative score of 113-22 and another Western Invitational championship title.
We then celebrated our victory by taking advantage of the warm weather and sunshine. Upon returning to the hotel, we jumped into the pool without hesitation. Our competitiveness carried over from the strip to the water, where intense battles of "chicken" and freestyle races ensued. We concluded the weekend with a delicious, well-earned dinner where I witnessed freshman Stephanie Chan eat more than a pride of lions in the wild.
The next few weekends are action-packed as we compete in the Virginia Beach North American Cup, NYU Invitational, Philly Invitational, and home our duals (Feb. 1-2) at the Henry Crown Sports Pavilion. Based on our performance in Palo Alto and our hard work at practice, I am more than confident we will come through with more big wins in the upcoming weeks.
As always, Go 'Cats!