Michael O'Connor
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    Michael O'Connor

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Charlotte, N.C.

    High School:
    Charlotte Latin

    Position:
    Saber

    All-Region (2007, 2008, 2009) ... O'Connor is the Falcons' men's saber team leader. He has earned all-region honors the past three seasons. In the past three years, he has amassed an 86-68 dual-meet record, averaging .535 wins. He has led the saber team in the Nick Toth and Falcon Opens. In 2009, he finished fourth in saber at Regionals. He was named a 2008 MWC Scholar Athlete with a 3.68 in Astronautical Engineering.

    2008-09: Won the New Mexico Open and the Falcon Open men's saber tournaments ... was the Nick Toth runner-up in saber ... finished 29-15 for the season ... Western Regionals -- fourth place ... earned his third varsity letter.

    2007-08: He tied for third among 25 saber competitors at the New Mexico Open ... won the mixed saber event and took 11th place in the open saber competition at the Nick Toth Open ... won the Falcon Open and the Rocky Mountain Collegiate ... tied for 78th at the NAC Division I meet ... had a 8-7 record at the Western Invitational ... 8-7 at Duke ... seventh at regionals ... is a varsity letter winner.

    2006-07: Earned his spot on the Falcons' saber team ... had a freshman dual-meet record of 21-9 ... finished 24th at the NCAA Championships ... was the No. 3 finisher at the West Regional Championships ... his top finishes included second place at the Colorado Cup ... seventh and sixth at the Nick Toth Open and New Mexico Open, respectively.

    Before Air Force: Attended Charlotte Latin School ... 2006 North Carolina Divisional champion in foil ... Southeast Section Junior Foil runner-up ... fencing coach was Alan Blakeborough of the Knights of Siena Fencing Club ... earned three varsity letters in cross country ... coached by Mike Weiss ... earned four varsity letters in track, coached by Robert Wayne ... his 4x400-meter relay team won the state championship his senior year ... ran at the 2006 Penn Relays ... team was the overall state championship runner-up ... member of Cum Laude Society ... honor roll student ... five-time Junior Olympics competitor ... earned a USFA B05 rating in saber and "C06" in foil ... parents are Chris and Phyllis O'Connor ... has one sister, Jessica. Community Relations: Volunteer judge for Remington Elementary School 2007 and 2008 Science Fairs.

    Academy: Member of Cadet Squadron 16 - the Chickenhawks ... majoring in astronautical engineering and mathematical science ... minor in philosophy ... wants to continue his fencing career after graduation ... will be an engineer and hopes to attend graduate school ... Cadet Squadron 16 Academic Officer... made commandant's list six times, dean's list six times, athletic list four times and superintendent's list four times... spent summer doing summer research and serving as Basic Cadet Training Squadron Commander... earned the team's outstanding academic performance award three times... three-time Mountain West Conference Scholar-Athlete honoree.

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