Two Air Force fencers earn All-American honors


U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo. - Two Air Force Academy fencers, freshman Daniel Cohen and senior Daniel Trapani, earned All-American honors at the 2011 NCAA Men's Fencing Championships in Columbus, Ohio, March 24-25.


Cohen, a freshman, finished tied for third place in the men's foil final four of the NCAA Championships. Cohen lost to Miles Chamley-Watson from Penn State, 15-5.  Cohen finished with 18 victories (.783 pct. of bouts won, 103 touches scored (TR), 65 touches received (TR) and +38 indicators (Ind. = TS minus TR).  Cohen earned his second career All-American title, his first at Air Force; he placed fifth while fencing at Duke in 2009. Cohen also earned all-region status following his championship win at the 2011 NCAA West Regional Championships.


Trapani, who is a senior, finished in eighth place with 13 victories (.565 pct., 89 TS, 73 TR and +15 Ind.) in men's foil. After finishing the first four rounds on Day 1, Trapani moved up to finish in the top 8.  He concludes his Academy fencing career as a two-time All-American (2009 and 2011).  Trapani was a four-time all-region selection while at Air Force.


Sophomore Scott Pippin finished in 24th place with four victories (.174 pct, 55 TS, 107 TR and -52 Ind.) in his first national collegiate championship. Pippin was also the all-region after capturing the men's saber title at the 2011 NCAA West Region Championships on March 5.


Air Force is ranked 12th in the team standings (Saber 4; Foil 18; Epee 13) following the final men's championships. Sophomore Heather Nelson will compete in the women's saber championships, March 26-27. This is Nelson's second participation in the NCAAs while at the school.


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