Air Force to send five fencers to the NCAAs in Columbus, Ohio

March 11, 2014

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U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo. - The NCAA Men's and Women's Fencing Committee has announced the field of 144 competitors who will participate in the 2014 National Collegiate Men's and Women's Fencing Championships. Ohio State will host the championships at French Fieldhouse in Columbus, Ohio.

Air Force will have five fencers making the trip to the Columbus, March 20 to March 23, with the championships bouts being held on March 21 and March 23. Competition begins at 9:30 a.m. on March 20 and March 22 and at 9 a.m. on March 21 and March 23.

The five Air Force fencers earned their spots on the national list after qualifying at the NCAA West Regionals in Pasadena, Calif., on March 8 in their respective disciplines.

In women's foil, sophomore Madeleine Girardot, undefeated in pools (8-0), won the foil title. Mary McElwee, who is making her second trip to the NCAAs (2013), was 7-1 in pools and finished as the first runner-up. Girardot and McElwee came into the regional tournament seeded one and two. Girardot beat her competition 15-2 and 15-5 in the final bouts to clinch first place. McElwee finished second.

In women's saber, freshman Alyssa Hofilena topped her opponent from Stanford 15-9 in the finals to win the saber title. Hofilena came into the tournament seeded third behind two Stanford fencers. She won six of her seven preliminary bouts to get re-seeded as the top fencer. She won her semifinal bout 15-8 and the championship bout 15-9 over Alexa Rohan (Stanford) to become a NCAA regional champion.

In men's saber, sophomore Ryan Redhead fought his way from the third seed to win the men's title and claimed his spot on the national qualifying roster. At regionals, Redhead dominated his competition from UCSD and Stanford in the semifinals before finally competing against teammate Emiliano Kaptain (Air Force) in the championship bout. In the second period, Redhead won to clinch his first regional championship as a sophomore.

In men's foil, junior Alexander Chiang, makes a return trip to the NCAAs (2012). At regionals, Chiang went 8-2 in pools to make it into the top four fencers. After beating Stephen Aman from Stanford, he was up against 2012 Olympian Alexander Massialas (Stanford). Chiang fenced well against Massialas and came away with a second place finish, claiming a spot at the national championships.



Abdel Salem. "The competition was tough, but we handled the situation well. Our team is still young so we will have the pleasure to work with all these top fencers next year. We are looking forward to a good performance in NCAA too."

The men's and women's fencing championships include individual events in each of the six weapons (men's epee, men's foil, men's saber, women's epee, women's foil, women's saber). Fencers will compete in a round-robin format of five-touch bouts.  After the round-robin, the top-four finishers in each weapon will fence in semifinal 15-touch bouts, with the winners fencing to determine first and second places, and the non-advancing fencers being awarded a tie for third place.

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.

This is the first time since 2010 that Air Force has sent five fencers to the NCAAs. This is the fourth time that Ohio State has hosted the NCAA Championships. The last time the championships were in Columbus was in 2012. Air Force has hosted twice, 1997 and 2003.


2014 NCAA Fencing Championships, French Field House-Columbus, Ohio, March 20-23, 2014

Thursday, March 20
Time Event
9:30 a.m. Women's Foil, rounds 1-3
11:30 a.m. Women's Epee, rounds 1-3
2 p.m. Women's Sabre, rounds 1-3
Friday, March 21
Time /Event:
9 a.m. Women's Foil, rounds 4-5
  Women's Epee, rounds 4-5
  Women's Sabre, rounds 4-5
1:30 p.m. Women's Championship Bouts (in order of epee, foil and sabre)
Saturday, March 22
Time Event
9:30 a.m. Men's Foil, rounds 1-3
11:30 a.m. Men's Epee, rounds 1-3
2 p.m. Men's Sabre, rounds 1-3
Sunday, March 23


9 a.m. Men's Foil, rounds 4-5
  Men's Epee, rounds 4-5

Men's Sabre, rounds 4-5
1:45 p.m. Men's Championship Bouts (in order of epee, foil and sabre)
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