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Fencer Madeleine Girardot saves local girl's life

 The link to two feature stories done by KKTV's Sam Farnsworth follow below about sophomore fencer Madeline Girardot and her saving the life of a local fencer. 

Here is the link to the quick segment done during the 5:30 news:

And here is the link to the complete story done during the 10:00 pm show:


The Air Force Academy fencers will be in St. Louis, Mo., this weekend (Oct. 12-15) to compete in the North American Cup Div. 1 and 2 tournaments at the America's Center Convention complex.  The NAC is the first of several tournaments the Falcons will compete in this season.

"The NACs always showcase some of the best fencers in the country. It will be a tough tournament for our cadets since they will be facing some of the best of the best," said head coach Abdel Salem.  "Our fencers are capable of having some good performances."

Venue: America's Center Convention Complex - Halls 4 & 5 701 Convention Plaza!/pages/Air-Force-Fencing/402762556438294?sk=info

Falcons add Columbia University to the schedule

The Air Force Academy fencing team has added Columbia University to the 2012-13 schedule. The Falcons will travel to New York to compete on Nov. 30 against the Ivy League school. Also fencing is Tufts University, Stevens Institute of Technology and New Jersey Inst. of Technology.  

 Also in November, Air Force will host the annual Falcon Open on Nov. 3-4.

Falcons are at Amarillo Open, Sept 29-30.

AFA Fencers win NTO titles on final day

In the Nick Toth Open, AFA freshmen Madeleine Girardot and Mary McElwee advanced to the the senior women's foil finals. Girardot won the title, 15-11, against her opponent.

Throughout the entire nine minutes of the three-period bout, the two freshmen kept the round very close. As soon as one scored, the other would answer with a touch. For most of the bout, the two opponents kept the scores tied until the third period when Girardot outscored McElwee by four touches.

Earlier in the day, sophomore Alex Chiang won the senior men's foil gold medal round 15-2.


U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo. - Sept. 8, 2012 - The Air Force Academy fencing team completed the first day of the Nick Toth Open at the Academy's Cadet Gymnasium (East Gym).  In the final round of the open senior men's saber championships, Air Force fencer Emerson Woerner won the title bout 15-9.  As the No. 5 seed, Woerner advanced through the rounds 15-7, 15-10, 15-8 and 15-11. Finishing in second place, teammate Scott Pippin, the No. 3 seed, finished 15-4, 15-10, 15-13, losing 15-9 to Woerner in the gold medal round.  Desirae Ionata tied for third place in the open senior women's saber event. 

AFA Athletics - Nick Toth Open


The Air Force Academy fencing team opens the season by hosting the Nick Toth Open on Sept. 8-9, 2012. Competition begins at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday at the USAFA Cadet Gymnasium (East Gym).  The open was named in honor of head coach Nick Toth (1960-1981). Toth was the winningest fencing coach at the Air Force Academy with a 200-35 record (.851). This event is free and open to the public. The Nick Toth Open will be broadcast on live video stream both days (see links). For additional information go to



Registration Times for Events:

Saturday, September 8, 2012

8:30-9:30 AM: Senior Men's Epee

8:30-9:30 AM: Senior Women's Saber

11:30-12:30 PM: Senior Men's Saber

11:30-12:30 PM: Senior Women's Epee

Sunday, September 9, 2012

8:30-9:30 AM: Senior Men's Foil

11:00-12:00 PM: Senior Women's Foil


Links for Video Stream:

Sept. 8th:

Sept. 9th:


For additional information about the event go to


AFA Fencers open season with Nick Toth Open Sept 8-9

The Air Force Academy fencing team returns to regularly scheduled competition hosting the Nick Toth Open on Sept. 8-9, 2012.  Competition begins at 10:00 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday at the USAFA Cadet Gymnasium (East Gym). 

Returning this fall are Dalton Boatright, Scott Pippin, Nathan Sorensen and Edward Wood as the senior leadership on the men's team.  Juniors Ashley Chung, Rachel Cranfill, Olivia Prosseda and Tara Zartman will lead the women's team.  Boatright and Prosseda return as team captains.

Live video streaming is to be determined.


Kelsey into semifinals at Olympics in fencing

Seth Kelsey, a 2003 graduate of the Air Force Academy, has made it to the semifinals at the Olympic games in fencing. The link below is from the Gazette's coverage of his matches to date.





Air Force Academy fencers were three for four in gold medal wins at today's Falcon Open at the Air Force Academy.  In the first day of the competition, the Academy's fencers won the women's saber, men's saber and men's epee championship titles. 


Air Force fencer, junior Heather Nelson won the women's saber championship title. Freshman Emiliano Kaptain was the overall winner of the men's saber event; teammate Scott Pippin, a junior, took third place in saber.  Sophomore Chase Houser won the senior men's epee gold and earned his "A" rating in US Fencing Association. The women's epee champion was a fencer from the North Texas Fencing Club.


The competition continues, Sunday, Oct. 30, with the Y14 Mixed Epee at 9:30 a.m. and Senior Men's Foil at 9:30 a.m.  The Y10 Mixed Epee will be at 10 a.m., followed by Senior Women's Foil at 12:00 and Cadet (U17) Mixed Epee at 1:00 p.m. The Falcon Open is open to the public and admission is free.




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