CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Fencing Club of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, armed with specially-designed swords, artfully fought their way to a second place finish in the Epee sword category at the third Southwestern Intercollegiate Fencing Association Tournament (SWIFA 3) of the year held Feb. 20 at Rice University in Houston, Texas. Representing TAMU-CC, their second place finish marks a school record and the school’s first medal from a SWIFA competition.
The Fencing Club is overseen by Club President, Richard Schreiber, and Vice-President, Adrian Rodriguez. Rodriguez joined the Fencing Club late in 2014 after previously competing with Texas A&M University-College Station. When he first joined, the club only had six active members. They have seen club membership double to 12 active members.
“We couldn’t compete often,” said Rodriguez. “We had difficulty maintaining equipment and members, but we have that fire to compete. We’re training hard to make sure we take gold next tournament.”
SWIFA tournaments are divided into three weapon categories, each with varying blade size and target areas on the body: foil, saber and epee. The epee is the largest and heaviest of the blades with points coming from the tip with the entire body as a valid target area. Each weapons category is allowed only three competitors with nine in total.
The club plans to compete at SWIFA 4, hosted by the University of Texas-San Antonio, later this spring.
The Fencing Club strives to cultivate determination, valiance and integrity in sportsmanship to its members. For questions regarding membership, interested students may email Richard Schreiber at email@example.com.