Joe Duecher, first row-left, enjoys his moment on the medal stand and his shiny golden pants, a goodluck gift from his wife.
- Fencers compete in Fencing National Championships
Congratulations to Joe Duecher, who is unranked and at his first nationals fought hard and earned a seventh place medal in the Men’s Veteran 40 Épée. His outstanding finish also earned Joe a C ranking. Joe also competed in the Men's Veteran 40 Foil, but was foiled out of a medal.
The Desert Blades Wild Women were surprised and happy to place eighth in both the Women’s Veteran Team Épée and Women’s Veteran Team Foil competitions.
The épée team was comprised of Libby Garry, Lisa Story and Michele Tayengco, who came from behind in their first, nail-biting match to win 45-43. The team had a lead the first half of their second Direct Elimination (DE) round before losing 37-45. The sting of defeat was lightened when the three unranked fencers discovered the opposing team included one C and three B ranked fencers.
Michele and Libby teamed with Ruth Dodge from Arizona to fence in the Women’s Veteran Foil Team competition, which also placed eighth. The cross-state alliance is a great example of how our fencers tend to make friends whenever they compete!
Ken Colgate took on the challenge of the Men’s Veteran 60 Épée individual competition. Ken fenced well enough to make it into the DE round, where he was knocked out in the first round. Lisa also advanced in the Women’s Veteran 40 Épée competition, but was knocked out 6-10 by the woman who would go on to take first.
Joe (left) joins Ken and Becky Colgate between foil bouts.
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The Desert Blades Wild Women épée team placed eighth. (left to right) Libby Garry, Lisa Story and Michele Tayengco.
U.S. Nationals 2013
Libby fenced in the Women’s Veteran 50 Épée category, facing off against a slew of A and B ranked fencers. Michele skipped the individual épée competition for her favored weapon, and fenced in the Women’s Veteran 40 Foil competition, advancing to the DE round.
The group enjoyed the camaraderie and company that the Red Rock Fencing Center inspires. Throughout the competition, the fencers cheered on and coached each other – sometimes running from the sidelines to their own bouts. All came back to Vegas determined to fence more fiercely and fearlessly next year!
Pictured (left to right) are Michele, Libby, Ruth, Lisa and Joe. Not pictured are Ken and Heik.
- Fencers gain or improve rankings
Several Desert Blades Club Nevada fencers who fence at the Red Rock Fencing Center achieved ranking or improved their ranking this past year at various out-of-state tournaments.
Ranking helps fencers in tournament pools and also helps gain points needed to advance in higher-level competitions.
Among our ranked fencers are Filip Peradovic (A2013-épée), Ryan Doyle(A2013-épée), Sean Corkill (C2013-épée), Jack Umanos(D2014-épée), Joe Duecher (A2014-épée), Michele Tayenco (C2014-epee) and Frank Van Dyke (A2014) and bronze at the Vet World Championships 2013.