The Uncovering of Fencing at UTC

By: Janay Roberson

CHATTANOOGA,Tenn.(UTC/The Loop)—From slam-dunks and free throws to touchdowns and first and tens, basketball and football seem to be the hottest things when it comes to college sports. Many people usually tend to focus on just those sports. Not only are they the most popular sports, but they usually bring in the most money. What about the other sports?

Many sports are forgotten because it may not seem amusing or hold great interest for some people. That makes it difficult for some sports to exist. Lauren Tweedy, vice president of UTC’s fencing club, often feels this way.

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Most students have no idea UTC has a fencing club for students. What is fencing? It’ s a style of sword fighting that originated in Europe. There are three types of fencing and UTC’s fencing club focuses on the Epee style because the equipment is easier to get and maintain.

Tweedy is happy the club is growing and drawing not only UTC students, but also non-UTC students. Ten UTC students come almost every week. Others come every now and then with the non-students.

“I’d say the fencing club is a very friendly group and we welcome anyone who wants to come and try it out,” Tweedy said.

While they practice footwork and basics, students also spend time planning to compete in two tournaments this semester.

The fencing club meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7p.m.-9p.m. in the aerobics room on the third floor in the Aquatic and Recreation Center (ARC) on campus.

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