Air Force Fencers Travel To San Diego for NCAA Western Regional Championships
Feb. 28, 2003
The 2003 NCAA Fencing Western Regional Championships will take place in San Diego, Calif., March 1. UC San Diego is the host for this event at UCSD's RIMAC Arena. Participants for the Western Regional include Air Force, Stanford, Cal State Fullerton, Cal Tech and UC San Diego. The meet gets underway at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday.
Air Force, the defending 2002 champions, will go up against Stanford at 10:45 a.m., UCSD at 12:00 p.m., Cal Tech at 1:15 p.m. and Cal State Fullerton at 2:30 p.m. The Falcons have had several successes throughout the season and are 10-1 (men) and 9-5 (women) in dual bouts thus far.
"I am confident that our fencers will do well in the regionals," Head coach Abdel Salem said.
The regional meet plays a large role for both team and individual qualifications to nationals. Last year, Air Force qualified four fencers for the NCAA Championships. The Falcons are looking to send more athletes to the national meet this year.
Saturday Schedule (Local Times)
9:30 a.m. UCSD vs. Cal Tech; Stanford vs. Cal State Fullerton
10:45 a.m. UCSD vs. Cal State Fullerton; Air Force vs. Stanford
12:00 p.m. UCSD vs. Air Force; Cal Tech vs. Cal State Fullerton
1:15 p.m. UCSD vs. Stanford; Air Force vs. Cal Tech
2:30 p.m. Stanford vs. Cal Tech; Cal State Fullerton vs. Air Force