AFA's Fencer Finishes in Top 10 at Junior Olympic Fencing Championships
Feb. 18, 2004
The Junior Olympic Fencing Championships were held in Cleveland, Ohio last weekend and Academy freshman Jason Stockdale was the 10th-place finisher in the junior men's epee event. Stockdale, now ranked 32nd in US Fencing, earned a bye for his first direct elimination round. He then won his next three direct elimination bouts, but failed to win the bout that would take him into the top eight. The event hosted 188 competitors in the weapon.
"I was frustrated to not make the top eight because I thought I could have," Stockdale commented.
Also competing was sophomore Alison Freiman in the junior women's sabre category. Frieman lost in her direct elimination round to Eileen Grench, the No. 2 finisher in the event. Frieman placed 45th among 108 competitors.
"The competition was a good experience and I did better then I expected to do. I learned a lot from both my competitors and my teammates," Frieman said.
The team begins practice for the 2004 NCAA Western Region Championships to be held March 13 at the Academy's cadet gymnasium, center gym. The event is open to the public.
"We will be okay at the regionals, but I think it will be difficult to repeat our first-place performance from the past two years," head coach Abdel Salem.
The Falcons will be defending the last two championship wins from 2002 and 2003. Teams competing are Air Force, University of Stanford, Cal Fullerton, Cal Tech, and University of California San Diego.