Out of all our women's teams, we had two on epee, two on foil, and a full women's sabre team. However, cold season was against us. The night before we left for Northwestern, Rebecca called in sick with a bad cold. Anayeli went up to stay with her family, but the morning of, also became seriously ill. That left us with only one fencer on our women's sabre team, who happened to be the newest and least experienced: Aneta Szczerba.
I was worried how Aneta would react to being the solo member of her team. I wouldn't have wanted to be in that position. Maybe nerves would get her. Her first bout was against University of Chicago- who didn't have a women's sabre squad.
Bradley Women's Sabre: 3
University of Chicago Women's Sabre: 0.
And with that, Aneta became our hero, savior, and champion!
It didn't matter that overall we lost to University of Chicago 16-5. That wasn't important. This was our first time attending a conference meet. We came, we saw, and we conquered what we could, even if that meant having fencers when the other team didn't. The entire day, all of the women involved with our club were smiling, joking around with the coaches, and maintaining an upbeat attitude about the competition.
Throughout the day, everyone improved. Everyone won competitive bouts. I believe everyone who was able to go is excited and ready for our next meet at Xavier Nov. 23-24.
BUFC President '13-'14