Turner Smith will be the head coach for the Middleburg Academy Fencing Team for the second year. There are 11 fencers on the team and there are plans to compete with Gonzaga High School and Georgetown Prep. With grade or higher students who are interested in fencing as a high school sport should contact Colley Bell at Middleburg Academy to enquire about admittance as there are very few high school fencing programs.
Turner Smith, Richard Pantel and Jim Salacain travelled to Richmond Fencing club to compete in their Veterans Day open. We participated in this tournament last year and it was a well run event. This year there were fewer fencers and the level of the event was an E1 owing to the lack of Highly ranked fencers. Nevertheless, the competition was excellent and challenging. Richard was able to walk away with a 3rd place while Jim and Turner vied for the distinction of foundational placement (last place) Jim won by a touch. The results from this tournament are HERE.
Richard Pantel and Jim Salacain competed at the Friends of DCFC Saturday Night Div 3 Mixed Epee competition on 20 October 2018. This was an E1 tournament owing to the small number of fencers but MFC walked away with a 6th place for Jim and a first place for Richard on his debut post-injury tournament. Results can be found HERE.
Jim Salacain competed in the Loudoun International Fencing Club (LIFC) Epee season opener tournament. This was an E1 tournament with 20 competitors. Jim was able to walk away with a second place finish losing to Louis Moore of Royal Blades Fencing club of Front Royal. The results from this tournament are HERE.