I just got back from some intense team fencing at Ohio State University. There were plenty of schools there — more than 10 universities — and in total Michigan fenced 7 schools. Had to roll out of bed at 6 a.m just to fence, lasting all the way till 5 p.m. Of course, there was a lot of down time throughout the whole day.
In some ways, today’s showing was much better than last week’s. I recorded a 6-5 win-loss percentage at the end of the day, which is a slight improvement. The disappointment comes in the embarrassing fact that Michigan was under performing today. Men’s sabre lost to schools like Indiana and Case Western (such a terrible name). 2 of my wins and 2 of my losses came from fencing those schools, and to be fair, they do have some badass fencers that I want to get revenge on next time (Jao from Case Western).
Losing to OSU was unavoidable though; I lost both my two bouts in that round. They are stretchy, beefcake-eating fencers who are not only good; they’re very good and they whooped our asses. Sigh, I guess it’s back to the training room. 2 more weeks and it’s off to Northwestern, another varsity fencing school.
P.S. I think I’ll name my sabre “Valiant”. . . it sounds more noble and represents my desire to do well for the team.