AIR FORCE FENCERS DO WELL AT JUNIOR OLYMPICS
Feb. 17, 2009
U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo. - The Academy sent four fencers to compete in the Junior Olympics Championships in Albuquerque, N.M., this past weekend. Fencers, junior Daniel Trapani, sophomore Nick Stockdale and freshmen Simone Barrette and Phil Choy all finished in the top half of their events.
Trapani, was the Falcons' top finisher with a fifth-place finish among 203 competitors in men's epee. Stockdale competed in men's foil and finished 17th among 201 competitors. Barrette took 43rd in the field of 137 women's epee competitors. Choy competed in men's foil and finished 66th in the field of 201.
"This was good results for these four fencers," said head coach Abdel Salem. "Trapani did very well in this event, especially since this is his last year for competing in the junior ranks. Stockdale also had good results."
The fencing team will travel to Atlanta, Ga., for the North American Cups Division II/III competition, Feb. 27-March 2. Following the NACs, the team will compete in the West Regional Championships in California, March 7-8.