Allison Chan, Roark Harris, and Coach David “Lucky” Polakoski represented Encinitas Fencing Academy at the second San Diego Cup Open of the season on Sunday, October 22nd. They came in armed with effort-based goals, and came back with great results.

Allison competed in the Women’s Open Epee and Senior Mixed Open events. Her primary goal for the event was to focus on warming up her fundamentals in every bout she fenced, and her efforts earned her a perfect record out of pools and 1st place seed into the elimination round. She was able to win her first DE match handily, but was taken out in the semi-finals by Emily Cabral (No Fear). She placed 3rd in the event.

Lucky, Roark, and Allison all competed in the Senior Open event. It was the first time Allison and Roark competed in a Senior Open, and they both represented the club admirably, working hard on their effort-based goals, exhibiting great sportsmanship, and helping out with the tournament.  Lucky was knocked out in the round of 8 in a difficult match with Ziad Khayat (UCSD), but he set himself up for success by securing a 1st place seed out of pools. A repeat of that performance will give him more chances to succeed in the future! He placed 5th in the tournament.

Allison Chan is now in 3rd place in the SD Cup standings for Senior Women’s Epee, and Coach Lucky is in 2nd place for Senior Men’s Epee. Best of luck to all moving forward!

Complete results and points standings can be seen at