Being on an athletic team, you go through great wins, but you also go through losses. It is said that a team’s true colors show when they lose. Despite our bittersweet loss to John Hopkins, I was very proud of the team. Our sportsmanship, team comradery, and effort could not have been any better.
This weekend was the EWFC Championships at Drew University. Our number one competition is always John Hopkins because they have some of the best fencers in our conference. We are each other’s biggest competition. We wanted to win the championships very badly, so we had been practicing really hard to ensure this. The entire match was neck-and-neck. We were alternating leads every bout. Both teams could literally feel the tension between teams. When it came down to the last bout, it was 13-13. The last girls to fence each other were really good, so we knew it was going to be a tough fight. Both really fought to get those touches. But, unfortunately, we didn’t get the win. It was a really hard loss, but we realized, as Wolfgang Schadler the Olympian says, “Victory isn't defined by wins or losses. It is defined by effort. If you can truthfully say, 'I did the best I could, I gave everything I had,' then you're a winner.” We honestly can say that we did just that. We left our blood, sweat and tears on the strip because we wanted to help the team become the best. But, being the best isn’t about winning all the time. It's about much more than that. It’s the sportsmanship and the love your team has for the game that makes a good team.