2013-2014 Tournament Schedule

Collegiate Schedule:
Fall: 

October 20, 2013: Swarthmore Invitational (HOME)

October 26-27, 2013: Temple Open (@ Temple University, Philadelphia, PA)

December 7, 2013: Tri-Co Meet vs. Haverford, Bryn Mawr, & Drexel (@ Haverford College, Haverford, PA)

December 8, 2013: NIWFA Christmas Invitational (@ Army, West Point, NY)

Spring:

January 18, 2014: Army Invitational (@ Army/USMA, West Point, NY)

March 1, 2014: NIWFA Championships (@ Army/USMA, West Point, NY)

March 22-23, 2014: SAC Championships (@ University of Georgia, Athens, GA)

March 29, 2014: Scrimmage at Swarthmore College

April 5-6, 2014: USACFC National Championships (@ Knoxville Convention Center, Knoxville, TN)

 

End of Semester Reminder

Just a reminder, there are still events and classes happening at Liberty Fencing Club before the end of the semester. Swarthmore fencers have free memberships at Liberty during the school year, so if you can make it to a class you should take advantage of the opportunity to work with one of our coaches at Liberty. Being able to participate in classes at Liberty for free is a large value as well as a great way to improve your fencing.

There are still a couple of USFA events happening before the end of the semester:

April 20: Open Sabre, Y14/Y12 Sabre, Y12/Y10 Sabre, Open Team Sabre PHILLY CUP

May 5: Open Sabre, Y14/Y12 Sabre, Y12/Y10 Sabre, Open Team Sabre PHILLY CUP 

For more information about the Philadelphia Division of USFA, (including what the Philly Cup is) take a look at their website.

Also before the end of the semester, there is a referee clinic available at Liberty. Becoming a certified referee is a great opportunity to gain a better understanding of the sport, as well as to make a little bit of money (maybe to buy that new blade you’ve been wanting?).

April 28: Referee Clinic with Charles Greene (FOC Sanctioned)
(more info.)

Spring 2013 Tournament Schedule

Spring 2013

January 19, 2013
Army Invitational
@ USMA (West Point, NY)

February 2, 2013
Swarthmore Invitational
@ Bryn Mawr College (Bryn Mawr, PA)

March 2, 2013
NIWFA Championships
@ Swarthmore College (Swarthmore, PA)

March 23-24, 2013
SAC Championships
@ William & Mary (Williamsburg, VA)

April 13-14, 2013
USACFC National Championships
@ Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI)

April 14: Open Foil, Open Epee PHILLY CUP

April 20: Open Sabre, Y14/Y12 Sabre, Y12/Y10 Sabre, Open Team Sabre PHILLY CUP

April 28: Referee Clinic with Charles Greene (FOC Sanctioned)
(
more info.)

May 5: Open Sabre, Y14/Y12 Sabre, Y12/Y10 Sabre, Open Team Sabre PHILLY CUP

May 19: Open Foil, Open Epee PHILLY CUP

June 9: Open Sabre, Y14/Y12 Sabre, Y12/Y10 Sabre, Open Team Sabre

June 23: Open Foil, Open Epee PHILLY CUP

July 20: Open Sabre, Y14/Y12 Sabre, Y12/Y10 Sabre, Open Team Sabre

JULY 15-19 & 22-26, 2013: 2 WEEK FENCING TRAINING CAMP WITH LEGENDARY NCAA COACH LAURIE SCHILLER FROM NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY. LAURIE WAS RECENTLY FEATURED IN SPORTS ILLUSTRATED AND IS THE 2ND WINNINGEST FENCING COACH IN NCAA HISTORY!

July 28: Open Foil, Open Epee

Fall 2012 Tournament Schedule

FALL 2012

September 08, 2012
Individual & Team Sabre
@ Liberty Fencing Club LLC (USFA)

September 23, 2012
Individual Epee & Foil
@ Liberty Fencing Club (USFA)

October 07, 2012
SAC North Meet (8 schools)
@ George Washington University (Washington, DC)

October 10, 2012
Individual & Team Sabre
@ Liberty Fencing Club LLC (USFA)

October 21, 2012
Men’s Foil & Epee
@ Liberty Fencing Club LLC (USFA)

Women’s Foil & Epee
@ Temple University (USFA)

October 27-28, 2012
Temple Open @
Temple University (Philadelphia, PA)

November 3, 2012
Individual & Team Sabre
@ Liberty Fencing Club LLC (USFA)

November 11, 2012
Individual Epee & Foil
@ Liberty Fencing Club LLC (USFA)

November 16-18, 2012
Northwestern Duals (13-15 schools)
@ Northwestern University (Evanston, IL)

December 01, 2012
Individual & Team Sabre
@ Liberty Fencing Club LLC (USFA)

December 02, 2012
NIWFA Invitational
@ Livingston Center, Rutgers University (NJ)

December 08, 2012
Haverford Invitational (vs. Haverford & Lafayette)
@ Haverford College

December 09, 2012
Individual Foil & Epee
@ Liberty Fencing Club LLC (USFA)

December 24, 2012
Liberty FC Chinese Food & Movies 3-Weapon Fencing Open

SAC Champs!

It’s been a while, but Swat Fencing is back into the full swing of the competitive Spring semester!  Bus departing @ 5:00 AM Friday morning for Georgia Tech in Atlanta to defend our Southern Atlantic Conference Division title.

Spring Practices and Info Session

Hiya!  Spring practice schedule will remain the same as this Fall’s:

Monday: 6:30-8:30 PM
Tuesday: 6:30-8:30 PM
Thursday: 6:30-8:30 PM
Saturday: 12:00-2:00 PM

@Lamb-Miller Fieldhouse

ALSO, spread the word.  For any interested fencers, we’ll be holding an informational meeting THIS Saturday, January 21st @ noon in the Fieldhouse.  For any questions, please e-mail Valentina, Josselyn, or Coach Marshal Davis.

Finally, we want to wish Chris Geissler, our dedicated and esteemed Fall Co-President, an exciting trip and much knowledge gain during his semester abroad in Dharamsala, India.  You can follow along, and even comment(!), on his adventures here: Chris’ India Blog

Colorado Round-Up

The Swat Fencing team are back to resuming their normal, average lives of Winter break after a jam-packed, exciting weekend of extreme bonding and fencing in Colorado Springs this past January 5-9.  On Thursday, our roster of 20 (flying from almost ten states, including Hawai’i) converged on one of Colorado Springs’ three Hampton Inns.  It was up and at ‘em early on Friday morning for a brief session of altitude adjustment and shaking off the rust at the Academy.  After a couple of hours of bouting and drills, we chose University Village for ample lunch options, where “The Paradox of Choice” (#keepingitinthefamily) did not seem to limit decisiveness (as Panera, Chipotle, and Noodles & Co. were clear favorites).  Later that afternoon, we explored the U.S. Olympic Training Center, where we all held our mouths agape as our 5’2″, 120 lbs. weightlifter tour guide declared that she intakes 5,000 calories per day.  Our day ended with an “Opa!” at My Big Fat Gr∑∑k Restaurant, where the waitstaff broke out into exuberant dancing and fireblowing like clockwork on the hour.

Saturday was competition day, and we marched (well, marched, then collapsed) onto the bleachers in the Cadet Gym at 6:45 AM.  Competition was steep, as we first faced off against Stanford, Air Force, and Notre Dame men/Northwestern women, respectively. As the afternoon progressed, we met up and had a good match-up with our fellow club, the University of Florida.  We got a burst of energy into the last round against UC San Diego, after pummeling Caltech (19-8 Men, 22-5 Women).  Our last round against UCSD was energetic, but ultimately, their top 20 powerhouse team proved superior.  However, throughout the day we saw impressive victories against top 20 schools, propelled by incomparable cheerleading from alum Jing Yi Ng ’11, come from graduating epeeist Morgan Sulerzyski, epeeist-gone-foilist-for-a-match Josselyn Tufino (posting a nailbiting 5-4 victory in OT against Stanford’s Conway), foilists Galen Rask and Emily Eder, and sabreist Kevin Buczkowski.  At the end of the day, we walked out of the gym at 7:30 PM satisfied and with dinner on our minds.  After negotiating the treacherous snow-glazed streets, we crashed at the hotel, but not before putting down a respectable ~400 sq. inches of pizza (for detailed calculation breakdown and topping details, please e-mail Mark).

Sunday was, rightfully so, our lazy day, as many of us overslept the continental breakfast, and rolling out of bed just in time for a trip to Garden of the Gods, a city park of C. Springs. The team hiked around and explored the geologic masterpiece, appreciating the Sunny and 50° day, although some were disappointed that the segway tours and rock climbing were not being offered. Sunday concluded uneventfully and Monday saw fencers re-dispersing around the 50 states for the final week of R&R before returning to the usual stomping grounds on Monday, the 16th.  So there it is, not necessarily as concise as desired, but what can I say, my hyper-efficiency is about a month out of conditioning…

All photo credit: Marshal Davis

Up in the Air

Tomorrow the Swat men’s and women’s teams will take to the skies (and Galen will make the journey terrestrially-bound) for Colorado Springs, home of the US Air Force Academy, host of the 2012 Western Invitational.  On Saturday, the 7th, Swat will join the Air Force, Caltech, Stanford, UCSD, Notre Dame, Northwestern, and the University of Florida for the tournament.  Stick with us for updates on tournament results and a play-by-play of the fun times!

Oh yeah, and check out the live stream here on the day of the tournament: Western Invitational Live Stream. Fencing is set to start at 9:00 AM MST.

Welcome!

Welcome to the all-new Swat Fencing website!  Please bear with us while we get it up and running, and if you notice any mistakes or have any questions about the web materials, please e-mail Mark.  Enjoy the holidays!