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Leaving for Milwaukee this afternoon. I've got 5 of 'my kids' fencing in the North American Challenge this weekend.

Kevin & Mateo compete in Mens Junior Saber today.

Dasha & Lexi compete Women's Junior Saber on Saturday.

Dominic competes in Men's Junior Epee on Monday.

The "junior" category is among the most competitive in the US as many of our top NCAA collegiate fencers, some of our US National Team members, Olympic Team members, etc. So odds of any of these kids finishing in the medals is slim. Dasha has potential to finish in the "Top 32" but it will be tough to get that high. Dominic, fencing Epee, has the potential to get higher up than the other boys but I don't expect him to be in the Top 32.
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Good luck to all of them.
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Dominic is fencing his epee pool bouts now.

Kevin and Mateo did about as well as expected, which was not great. This is an amazingly tough event.

Lexi made it into the DE rounds but lost her first DE bout, which was also expected, she is determined and I give her huge credit for that. Dasha advanced to the 2nd round but was taken down by a girl who simply was better. Dasha fenced well, no major mistakes, very few minor mistakes. Her competitor was ranked higher and was just better.

On the bright side I did spend some time with the ND coach and he asked for more info from her and has money for her. She has already sent what he requested. UNC-Chapel Hill watched her fence, spoke with her after the event and is interested.

We got to see our 'adopted' daughter again, so that was good. We all got a lovely dinner at THE ODD DUCK restaurant in Milwaukee and I can highly recommend it. But it is loud and trendy. Still the food was excellent and prices very reasonable. She is confused about universities and the whole American process of acceptance and aid. I understand that, especially given that she is getting comments/advice from many sources.
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Don just got knocked out of the competition. But he and I go to Peoria next weekend for another event.

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Kevin fencing men’s saber

Dasha at the airport

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Dasha With us and in woman’s saber
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