Interviews with Coach Abdel Salem and Senior fencer Ryan Redhead
2015-2016: Spent the summer learning the basics of flying … recorded his first solo flight … recovered from a broken foot … made the athletics’ list both semesters ... starts the season with a 131-57 career record ... team captain.
2014-15: In 2014, he was the senior men’s epee Parker Kickoff champion … third in senior mixed epee at the Amarillo Open … in NACs, he finished 41st in Div. I at the Portland tournament ... went 13-1 in the Brandeis Invitational … 2015, finished 100th at the Salt Lake Div. I NAC ... went 13-2 in the Western Invitational … 13th at the Division 1 National Championships in Reno, NV ... placed second (9-1) in the West Region, earned first-ever Western Fencing Conference honors ... qualified for NCAAs, finishing 5th (13-1) earned NCAA All-American.
2013-14: Tied for third at the 2013 Nick Toth Open in senior epee … won the mixed senior title at the Amarillo Open … tied for third in juniors at the Falcon Open … competed in the 2013 Junior World Cup in Slovakia … also competed in the Young Lions World Cup in Helsinki, finished 27th in juniors ... finished 13-5 at the Brandeis Invite ... 7-4 at the Western Invitational ... competed in the NAC Div. I Juniors in Virginia Beach, finishing 30th ... traveled to Sweden to compete in the 2014 Junior World Cup, finished 50th ... 11-4 at the Duke Invite ... finished 43rd in the Junior Olympics ... took third place at the Colorado Cup ... finished seventh in the West Region (5-6).
2012-13: Competed in the Amarillo Open ... won the junior mixed title and the silver medal in senior mixed epee ... 40th in Div. I at the NAC in Virginia ... finished 11th at the New Mexico Open ... traveled to Slovakia for the Junior World Cup ... finished 62nd ... USFA A-rated fencer ... in 2013, finished the Western Invitational (7-2) in his first collegiate competition ... sixth in juniors at the NAC in January ... finished 51st at the Junior Olympics ... 14-1 at the Notre Dame Dual ... West Regional, was the silver medalist in epee (7-3) ... earned all-region ... qualified for his first NCAA National Fencing Championships, finished 19th (9-14) ... competed in the Division 1 National Championships in Richmond ... finished 41st ... sixth at the USFA Jr. National Championships in Columbus, Ohio, finished in sixth place among 308.
Before the Academy: Attended Pine Creek ... high school coach was Abdel Salem. Athletic awards/accomplishments: Hockey, (three athletic letters, Academic All-State First Team), Rugby, (state champions) ... National Honor Society & Athletic Letter.
Personal: Parents are Abdel and Kathryn Salem ... hobbies are fishing and his jeep named "Bubba".
Academy: Major is operations research ... Cadet Squadron 39, Jedi ... career plans include pilot training after graduation.