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Oberlin Fencing Club hosting United States Fencing Association tournament in Hales Gym.

Oberlin’s Oldest Club Sport Sees Arrival of New Members

December 13, 2019

The Oberlin Fencing Club, also known as the Oberlin College Flaming Blades, is the oldest club sport at Oberlin. Since its founding in 1929, the club has attracted fencers of all skill levels to join its growing community. Several members grew up fencing, while others were introduced to the sport through the fencing ExCo. In addition to traveling around Ohio to compete, the team hosts United States Fencing Association tournaments in Hales Gym every semester. College second-year and vice president of th...

Jenna Gyimesi

In The Locker Room with Jenna Gyimesi, College Senior, Varsity Athlete, Columbia School of Journalism Graduate Student

May 10, 2019

College senior Jenna Gyimesi can be found on every corner of the campus. At the Review office, we know her best as our hardworking News Editor, but she is also a varsity field hockey player, an equestrian team and fencing team member, vice president of the class of 2019, co-chair of the Student Honor Committee, and a triple-major in Politics, Law and Society, and Philosophy. However, Gyimesi will be directing her efforts toward a different campus in New York City after graduation. Next y...

Sean Kuo

In The Locker Room with Sean Kuo, College Junior, Fencer, Club Sport Athlete, and Pre-Med Student

April 26, 2019

While “In The Locker Room” interviews often focus on members of the Oberlin community associated with varsity athletics, College junior Sean Kuo is a prime example of the flexibility and fun that can be found through participating in Oberlin’s many club sports and activities. Kuo’s friendly presence and love for exercise make regular appearances at nearly five clubs around campus; primarily the club fencing team, Club Aikido, and the Movimiento dance crew — all while he majors in Biol...

Caleb Anderson (left) and Felipe Ferriera

In the Locker Room with Caleb Anderson and Felipe Ferreira

September 2, 2016

This week, the Review sat down with Beginner Fencing ExCo Instructor junior Caleb Anderson and Badminton ExCo Instructor sophomore Felipe Ferreira to talk about the growth of these unique campus sports groups over time, their favorite memories as Oberlin sports instructors and how fellow students can get involved. This interview has been edited for length and clarity. How did your groups form? Caleb Anderson: Fencing is actually the oldest club sport at Oberlin, so it’s been around for...

Caleb Anderson (left) and Jonah Glasgold

In the Locker Room with Caleb Anderson and Jonah Glasgold

December 11, 2015

This week, the Review sat down with Caleb Anderson, sophomore co-captain of Ober­lin’s fencing team, the Flaming Blades, and senior Jonah Glas­gold to discuss team develop­ment, funny memories and what got them into fencing in the first place. What has been your favorite moment of the season so far? Caleb Anderson: Our second tournament at Case Western was probably our favorite one, actually. I think my favorite mo­ment was the very last round. Jonah Glasgold: Yeah, we haven’t beate...

Captain and sophomore Izzy Esler (left) duels an opponent during a tournament in Knoxville, TN. The women’s Flaming Blades squad placed 19th out of 31 teams.

Flaming Blades Duel in Tennessee

April 11, 2014

This past weekend, the fencing team traveled to Knoxville, TN, in order to compete in the United States Fencing Club championship. Eighteen fencers, clad in the team’s trademark rainbow knee-high socks, spent two days in intense competition. “It was a really successful tournament,” captain and sophomore Izzy Esler said. “Everything went smoothly, and everyone was having a good time.” The women’s foil squad placed 19th out of 31 teams. “We’re really proud of that, considering...

In the Locker Room: Duncan Reilly and Izzy Esler

Maxwell Sugarman, Sports Editor

April 19, 2013

How old is the team? Is there any interesting history about the team? Izzy Esler: It was founded in the 1930s as a varsity team up until the 1970s. Now it is a club sport. How do you recruit for the fencing team? Duncan Reilly: The ExCo is a big part of recruiting. There are definitely some youth clubs around, but most people had no experience before coming to Oberlin. We can’t rely on people who have already had experience fencing. IE: Yeah, the ExCo is vital for recruitment. How many people are on the team? IE: Right now there are 30 active members on the roster, but we usually get 15–20 out to practice. There are about 50 people on our listserv. What weapon do each of you use, and what weapons are the most f...

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