Four AFA Fencers Selected to Compete in NCAAs
USAF Academy, Colo. -- Air Force Academy fencers Eliza Enyart, CJ Baran, Jackson Ranes and Jason Stockdale were selected to compete in the NCAA Men's and Women's Fencing Championships. The NCAA Men's and Women's Fencing Committee announced the field of 144 competitors that will participate in the Championships. Rice University and the Harris County-Houston Sports Authority will host the championships at the JW Marriott Hotel, March 16-19, in Houston, Texas.
The four Academy fencers qualified for the nationals during the March 4, 2006 NCAA Western Region Championships, which took place at the Air Force Academy. Ranes and Enyart were the men and women's epee champions. Baran was the men's sabre runner-up and Stockdale took third place in men's epee.
"I am very proud of our fencers' accomplishments this season. Eliza is one of our top fencers and it is good to see Jackson conclude his Academy career with a trip to the NCAAs. This is Jason's second trip and CJ's first," said head coach Abdel Salem.
About the NCAAs: The National Collegiate Men's and Women's Fencing Championships include individual events in each of the six weapons (women's foil, women's epee, women's sabre, men's foil, men's epee, men's sabre).
Fencers will compete in a round-robin of 24 fencers in five-touch bouts. After the round-robin, the top four fencers in each event will fence direct elimination 15-touch bouts for first, second, third and fourth place. Absolute ties for the seeding will be broken as follows: for positions one through three, by a coin toss; for position four, by a fence-off.
An institution's place finish in the championships will be based on points earned by each individual. A team will be awarded one point for each victory by its student-athletes for the duration of the championships.
Teams and individual competitors are posted in a separate article on the Academy's fencing home page (courtesy of the NCAA)