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wait it's Wednesday I totally meant to post about this earlier
Sunday was the first team fencing tournament of the school year. hosted at UC Irvine, which means we left Pomona at around 8am.
we were supposed to be back by 4pm, but we got back at 9pm, which was awesome, because I had a ten page paper that I had to write but had not started and had planned on starting at 4pm. awk.
pretty much every other team was better than us because:
- we fenced USC, UCLA, UCSD, UCSB, UCI, ASU, and CalTech. All bigger than us, more potential fencers.
-Practiced more than once a week.
-Had bigger better programs so had the luxury of sending the top three (or four or five) fencers to form the team.
The 5C fencing team (which they called C5 wtf why) is small, underfunded, undercoached, underpracticed, and generally lacking in talent, myself included.
Therefore, it should be no surprise to anyone that we did rather poorly.
At least, my weapon and class, men’s epee, did very poorly. We did not win a single match, and some matches were shut outs. Take for example, Luc Gneistet. He is one of the epeeists for UCSD (which, along with ASU, is one of the top programs), is an A rated fencer, fenced against us, and destroyed us. [I will say that I scored at least a few touches on UCSD].
It was an incredibly humbling experience, and it was incredibly educational as well. I learned I need to learn more parries, learn to fleche, learn to defend against said fleche, et cetera.
It also showed me that I need more equipment, I need to test my equipment, and that I need to take care of my equipment. Like weights and shims, and getting that blade rewired. Oops.
UCSD, ASU, I’m getting ready. I’m going to eat healthier, work out more, practice harder, and learn as much as I can.
*I tried star*