Air Force Fencers Make a Good Showing in a Tough Competition
Jan. 21, 2009
USAF Academy, Colo. - The Air Force Academy fencers competed in the Division I and Junior North American Cup last weekend, Jan. 16-18, in Louisville, Ky. The team performed well in the tough competition. Air Force fencer, sophomore Daniel Trapani, earned a big result with third place in the Junior Men's Epee competition.
On Friday, the tournament began with freshman Nick Stockdale competing in Division 1 Men's Foil. After a strong start of 4-2 in the pools, Stockdale lost a close bout to make the round of 32. Freshman Simone Barrette also competed Friday, fencing in the Junior Women's Epee event. She had a strong start, but lost her bout in the round of the top 64.
Saturday, Trapani and junior Peter French competed in the Division I Men's Epee event. Both finished the pools undefeated, with Trapani earning the No. 1 seed for the elimination round. Unfortunately, Trapani still had a difficult draw against a former World champion from Bulgaria and lost to make the top 64. French won his first bout, but lost to make the round of 32.
"This was one of my more disappointing finishes as a Falcon," said French.
Junior Michael O'Connor competed on Saturday in Division I Men's Sabre and had a personal best in the first round, finishing 4-2. In another unfortunate draw, O'Connor lost his first elimination bout. Stockdale and Barrette competed in Junior Men's Foil and Division I Women's Epee, respectively. Stockdale started 5-1, but lost to make the 64. Barrette also lost in the 64.
The Falcons got an excellent result on Monday with Trapani earning the bronze in the Junior Men's Epee event. He dominated his opponents in the first round with a perfect 6-0 and fenced exceedingly well throughout the elimination rounds. He eventually lost in overtime to the tournament champion - Stanford's Kevin Mo. This marks the second straight medal finish for Trapani in Junior competition. Trapani continues the Falcons' strong history in Junior Epee, and looks to garner the national title with a win at next month's Junior Olympics, Feb. 13-16, in Albuquerque, N.M.
Encouraged by this strong performance, the Falcons look forward to a busy schedule over the next few weeks with a home meet, Falcon Open (Jan. 31-Feb. 1) and away competitions at Notre Dame (Feb. 21-22) and Stanford (Mar. 7-8).
Written by Jr. Peter French, USAFA
NAC D Division 1 and Junior Finishes