As usual, December was a productive NAC for Western Washington fencers. This year, having the NAC in Portland made it easier for fencers to attend, increasing the number of participants and leading to a whopping 20 medals for WWD fencers!!
Congratulations to everyone who medaled, and to everyone who participated. Remember, just showing up means you finished ahead of everyone who didn’t come!
Division medalists for the December NAC:
|Kundry Haberkern||DV1WE classification||5th
The following fencers are (unofficially) pre-qualified for this season’s Junior Olympics and so do not need to fence at the divisional qualifier event this Saturday, November 18th, at Rain City Fencing Center.
Note that all fencers are responsible for checking their own qualification. The rules are available at the Junior Olympics event page; scroll down and select the “Eligibility” tab. Both national and regional point lists are available on the USA Fencing site.
Tommy PakVanya Ponomarev
Attendees: Mike, Rachel, Alan, Sylvie, Dan
- Error noted in previous minutes – the Leon Auriol is not a ROC, the SIV Cup is
- Season wrap up. No major comments. The season went reasonably smoothly.
- Chase bank needs the Secretary to complete the transfer of account from Joe Hoover to Sylvie Troxel. It could also be a letter from the Secretary on WWD letterhead. Joe, Sylvie, and Mike to coordinate.
- May also consider switching banks.
- Treasurer to investigate electronic payment options
- Schedule for next season – sent out previously. No known issues
- Starting the process of hiring refs for the LaO. Should be mostly local.
- Scoring machines – MTFC is interested in buying surplus devices. Ours need the saber updates. 2 reels per machine and 4 scoring devices. Need to check inventory and determine location. Kael Sherrard is also interested.
- Comparable new devices cost an estimated $1400 (scoring machine and reels)
- Sale price to be negotiated
- Membership renewals for the Board – USFA has restructured this, so now the Professional price is a la carte. Division will cover the extra cost but not the competitive membership. Non competitive memberships will also be covered for the board.
- Need to replace some of the Division trophies.
Results for this year’s division championships are posted at https://askfred.net/Results/results.php?tournament_id=34643.
Three-weapon winners were Matthew Comes and Sylvie Troxel.
Congratulations to all!!
Lots of medals for the division at the Baltimore NAC!!
Leading the way were the veterans:
- Kwongsuk Chung took double gold in Vet40 and Vet Combined men’s foil
- Jan Patterson took gold in Vet70 men’s foil
- Carola Schmid, bronze in Vet50 women’s epee and bronze in Vet Combined women’s epee
- Cindy Glover, bronze in Vet50 women’s epee and 7th place, Vet Combined women’s epee
- Monica Morrison, 6th place, Vet50 women’s foil and bronze in Vet team women’s foil
- Jennifer Devore, 5th place, Vet40 women’s epee
- Ana Brainard, 8th place, Vet50 women’s foil and 7th place, Vet50 women’s saber
Not to be outdone, the non-vets did well too:
- Zoe Tolbert, silver in DivIII women’s foil and silver in DivII women’s foil
- Abby Swallow, silver in DivII women’s saber
- Alex Rwamashongye, bronze in DivII men’s epee
A memorial for John will be held on Tuesday, May 23, at the Washington Athletic Club (WAC).
The Washington Athletic Club is located at:
1325 Sixth Ave., Seattle
Noble Room, 1st floor
Doors open 4 pm; the memorial will be 4:30-5:30.
Reception to follow in the WAC Lobby Lounge, 1st floor.
As of April 2, 2017, the following WWD fencers are already qualified for Y14 or division 2 events at Summer Nationals. Fencers marked with an asterisk* indicate that they are qualified by being in the top 30% of the current RYC points list for our region (region 1); this may change if there are any more RYCs this season.
NOTE: This list is unofficial and is not guaranteed to be accurate. Fencers are responsible for verifying their own qualification for Summer Nationals.
The qualification rules are available from usfencing.org.
|Y14 Men's Epee||Joseph Roy
|Y14 Men's Foil||Wesley Wong
|Y14 Men's Saber||Silas Staten-Lusty
|Y14 Women's Epee||Ketki Ketkar
|Y14 Women's Foil||Maya Outhred
Elisabeth (Gracie) Kim
|Y14 Women's Saber||Caroline Nobriega*
|DV2 Men's Epee||Mark Benack
Vicente Cartas Espinel
|DV2 Men's Foil||Richard Bowen
Hyunsoo (Kevin) Shin
|DV2 Men's Saber||Charlie Catino
|DV2 Women's Epee||Jennifer Devore
|DV2 Women's Foil||Zoe Tolbert
Elisabeth (Gracie) Kim
|DV2 Women's Saber||Abigail Swallow
Attendees: Dan Berke, Kevin Mar, Alan Geller, Rachel Peterson, Mike Reiter
Primary topic: Battle in Seattle Post Mortem
- Qualifiers 1st week of April
- Need to get refs; plan to get the usual local refs
- Championship in June
- BiS approved for ROC; Leon Auriol wasn’t
- BiS financials
- $800 profit on $19,500 revenue
- Keeping refs to the right numbers kept us in the black compared to last year
- Low number of grounded strips was not a major issue
- T-shirts – still a lot of extras. Next year – only pre-orders
- Ref fencing was a popular event
- Challenge coins were popular with the refs
- To be given out to anyone who works a division event (paid)
- Other news
- Joe Hoover will be leaving the board after this year; will need a new Treasurer
The Western Washington Division mourns the recent passing of John Zobel. John was an active member of the division, both a veteran fencer himself and a fencing parent for his son Eric. John’s presence will be sorely missed.
Our condolences go out to his wife, LaVerne Woods, and his son, Eric Zobel.