Daniel Robitzski of the Bucks County Academy of Fencing leads the field after two rounds of the academy’s mixed epeee event that is taking place today at the academy in Lambertville, New Jersey.
Robitzski, who is classified A15 by USA Fencing, has won all 10 of his pool bouts with a touches scored/received ratio of +25 (50-25).
Drew Ridge, also of the host club, and alsos seeded second at this stage after going 11-1 in pool competition. Daniel Campbell from Virginia is seeded third after 10 pool wins while Finn Miller of the Medeo Fencing Club in New Jersey is fourth (9-1 on the strip).
Elimination bouts are now getting under way.
Andrew O’ Dowd of the Fencing Acacdemy of Philadelphia is seeded 13th heading into elimnatiions. He’s been on the strip for more than 35 years and says staying relaxed is the key to doing well in a long tournament.
“The more relaxed you can be while you’re fencing, you burn less energy,” he says. “It’s exhausting; as the day wears on it gets very tiring, especially against the younger guys.”
O’Dowd, who is classified A14, says it’s important to come into a competition properly prepared. “You learn all that stuff the hard way coming up,” he says. “When you’re young, you don’t need to do it. But when you get older, you’re looking for every little edge, or anything that will help.
“Anything that reduces the weight of my uniform or my equipment, hydrating, having a procedure to stick to, so you’re not looking for things Ina panic when they call you to the strip.”