NCAA Women's Fencing Championships
C1C Mary McElwee selected from Air Force
Interviews with Coach Abdel Salem and Senior fencer Ryan Redhead
2015-16: McElwee spent five weeks this summer doing Cadet Summer Research Program, working at Raytheon Missile Systems in the strategy department ... worked USAFA’s ESET (Expeditionary Survival and Evasion Training) … made both the dean and commandant’s lists both semesters during the season (2014-2015) … team captain ... record is 172-63.
2014-15: In 2014, she won the women’s senior foil championship at the Parker Kickoff Open… tied for third at the Amarillo Open in senior mixed … placed 14th in the Division I NAC in Portland … went 17-1 in the Brandeis Invitational … 2015, West Region Championships, she went undefeated with a 9-0 record … won the gold medal bout, 15-7 … earned third Western Region Fencing all-conference award … competed in the 2015 Northwestern Duals II, finishing with a 37-7 record … 2015 NCAA qualifier, finished 13th with a 11-12 bout record in the NCAA Women’s Fencing Championships … finished the junior year with a 89-21 bout record … most valuable fencer.
2013-14: Won the women’s senior and junior titles at the 2013 Nick Toth Open … was the women’s senior runner up in the Amarillo Open and tied for third in the mixed seniors for foil … took the No. 1 and 2 spots for juniors and senior women’s in the Falcon Open … competed in the Junior World Cup in Slovakia, finishing 36th ... also competed in the International Fencing in Bochum, Germany, finishing in sixth place ... 15-3 at the Brandeis Invitational ... NAC Div. I in Dallas, finished seventh ... placed 21st in the 2014 Junior World Cup in France ... finished 11-4 at the Duke Invitational ... 24th at the Junior Olympics ... placed second in the West Regionals with a 7-1 record ... qualified for NCAAs, finished 18th overall.
2012-13: International: 15th place finisher at the FIE Junior World Cup in Lyon, France ... International points at Junior World Cups in Bratislava 2013 and Zagreb and Lyon in 2012 ... National: Silver medalist at National Championships in Columbus, fifth-place medalist at Junior Olympics, 6th at 2012 Junior Olympics, 12th at the Louisville NAC in January ... Div. I Senior Women’s Foil: 19th at the October St. Louis NAC, 20th in Virginia Beach, 17th at US Fencing National Championships, Richmond, 32nd in Louisville, 20th at the Olympic placement in 2012, third in Div. IA and 6th in Div. 3 epee at Summer Nationals in Sacramento ... NCAA fencing qualified and finished 15th ... 2013, went 14-1 record at the Western Invitational ... 10-3 at Notre Dame ... all-region, finishing 8-2 at the West Regional Champs. ... first at the 2012 New Mexico Open, 2012 Falcon Open, and 2011 Nick Toth Open ... C12 rated in Epee ... freshman record is 32-6.
Before the Academy: Attended Lowell High School in San Francisco, Calif., ... earned a 4.0 in seven classes at the prestigious hundred year old school ... athletic accomplishments include student dancer in San Francisco ballet production, playing Littlest Party Girl and Cartwheel in the Nutcracker ... in fencing, Junior World Cups in Zagreb and Lyon in 2012, placed 20th at the Olympic Division I Champs., in Virginia Beach ... sixth at 2012 Junior Olympics JWF ... third in Div. IA foil and sixth in Div. 3 epee at Summer Nationals in 2011 ... C12 rated in USFA (epee) ... enjoys playing tennis and dancing ballet.
Academy: Major is management…Cadet Squadron 9 – Viking Nine … C Flight Commander, responsible for accountability and morale for 30 cadets.