U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo. -- March 5, 2016: The Air Force fencing team claimed three top-three individual titles at the NCAA West Region Fencing Championships on Saturday, March 5. Air Force had several qualifiers competing against fencers from Caltech, Stanford, UC San Diego, and Incarnate Word.
In individual women's foil, senior team captain Mary McElwee, who was undefeated (8-0) in the event, claimed the championship title. Along the way, McElwee beat the No. 2 seed from UC San Diego, as well as fencers from Stanford and Caltech. The Air Force women's foil team finished 16-8 against their opponents.
In men's epee, freshman Cameron Sullivan finished in second place against fencers from No. 10 Stanford, Incarnate Word, Caltech and UCSD. Sullivan finished second with 13 victories and three losses. The men's epee team finished 26-22 against all opponents in the event. Junior Alyssa Hofilena took third place in the women's saber championships. Hofilena was 8-3 in the event.
All three fencers claimed all-conference honors. In the women's events, freshman Lauren Sides finished 10th in women's saber and sophomore Lydia Kim finished 12th. Sophomore Nicole Quattrociocchi placed fifth overall in women's foil followed by junior Waverly Hock who finished in sixth place.
Junior Virginia Long was the only Falcon woman to qualify for regionals in women's epee. She finished 12th overall.
The four Air Force fencers in men's saber were senior co-captain Ryan Redhead who placed sixth with an 8-5 bout record. Junior Ryan Andrieux finished in 10th place, while freshman Kainoa Chun-Moy finished 14th. Senior Matthew Bergstedt was the Falcons' top finisher in saber. He finished in ninth place.
The Fencing season comes to a close on March 24-27 at the NCAA Men's and Women's Fencing Championships in Waltham, Mass., followed by the Division I National Championships in Richmond, Va., on April 8-11.