IFC Update Newsletter Fall 2013

Posted on: September 3rd, 2013 by Bob Baldwin

IFC Epee Team 2013 National Champions

Our senior epee team made up of Maciek Zmyslowski, Misha Heber, Gabe Weininger, and Sasha Heber, won the senior team men’s epee event at the 2013 USA Fencing National Championships in Columbus, Ohio.  This is the first senior team epee title won by an Illinois team since the gold medal won by the IFC senior women’s epee team in 2005.

Five more national medals were garnered by IFC members Maciek Zmyslowski, 2nd place, Division 1A Men’s Epee; Tim Glass, 3rd place, Veteran (50-59) Men’s Epee; John Lartz, 7th place, Veteran (50-59) Men’s Epee; Dave St. George, 8th place, Veteran (40-49) Men’s Epee; Sammie Doro, 8th place, Youth (14 and under) Women’s Epee.

Other members fencing at the summer nationals were Sara Antos, Bob Baldwin, Tony Coonrod, Dick Dunlop, Kathy Gaertner, AJ Mikkelson, Jakub Nowak, Misha Romanov, Dave Swanson, David Visney, Andrew Vold, J Wheeler White, and Zimo Zhu.

Special recognition goes to Coach Ina Harizanova, whose dedication and devotion to the sport of fencing, IFC, and its members made much of this possible. She has directly or indirectly influenced every one of these athletes and her drive and determination have lead to their success at these national championships.

Check out the story of our achievements in the Trib Local and take a look at some of the fun and fencing action at http://vimeo.com/70457261.


Tim Glass Earns Place on USA Veteran Team

Tim Glass received enough points from his 3rd place finish in the Veteran (50-59) Men’s Epee event to put him at the top of the list of those qualifying for the USA Veteran Epee Team. He will compete October 4 in the Veteran World Championships in Varna, Bulgaria.


2013-14 Fencing Season Tournaments

IFC will be hosting five tournaments this year — IFC Fall Open (foil, epee, saber) December 1, 2013; E & Under (foil, epee, saber) March 2, 2013, D & Under (foil, epee, saber) and Y12 March 23, 2014, Dominick Epee Challenge (Mixed, Women, Team, Y12) April 27, 2014, and Youth/Veteran tournament (foil, epee, saber) June 1, 2014. All are sanctioned by the Illinois Division of the United States Fencing Association and will operate under its Safe Sport policy. The current Illinois Division schedule is available at http://www.il-usfa.com/.


Sign Up for IFC Membership

The IFC Board has approved a modest dues increase to keep up with rising operating costs. At $225 ($115 for students), our dues remain the best fencing value in Illinois. IFC’s membership year coincides with that of USA Fencing: August 1 through July 31. Both USFA and IFC dues are payable now. The IFC membership application for the 2013-14 season can be found on the IFC website at http://www.ifcfencing.org/forms/IFC_membership_Ap13-14.pdf. USFA membership information is available on the US Fencing website at http://www.usfencing.org/page/show/698114-membership.  

With your participation and support we can look forward to another successful fencing season at IFC. I hope to see you soon,

Bob Baldwin, President