French honored as National Collegiate Fencer of the Week
March 16, 2009
U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo. - Air Force Academy fencer Peter French was honored this past week as a National Collegiate Fencer of the Week (for March 2-8) by College Fencing 360. A junior men's epeeist, French (Austin, Texas) is heading to the NCAAs for the third time - and looking to repeat as an All-American - thanks to his clutch performance at the West Regional, March 7-8. French defeated his talented AFA teammate Daniel Trapani in the Regional semifinals, followed by a victory over Stanford freshman Kevin Mo (the 2008 Junior World Cup men's epee champion).
Men's epee possibly was the deepest weapon at the NCAA Regional, with Stanford senior All-American Clayton Kenney rounding out a strong top-4 in that weapon. French - who received the NCAA's prestigious Sportsmanship Award in 2007-08 - is an impressive student-athlete and tremendous representative of collegiate fencing.
Other honorees include NCAA Regional Honor Roll (honorable mention), Jonathan Berkowsky (Penn, men's sabre, jr.; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania); Peter French (USAFA, men's epee, jr., Austin, Texas); Andras Horanyi (Ohio State, men's foil, sr.; Boulder, Colorado); Kelley Hurley (Notre Dame, women's epee, fr.; San Antonio, Texas); Noam Mills (Harvard, women's epee, fr.; Kfar Saba, Israel); Nicole Ross (Columbia, women's foil, so.; New York, New York); Doris Willette (Penn State, women's foil, jr.; Lafayette, California); and Dagmara Wozniak (St. John's, women's sabre, jr.; Avenel, New Jersey).
Co-National Fencer of the Week went to Emily Cross (Harvard ... Women's Foil ... 5th-Yr. Sr. ... New York, New York); Daria Schneider (Columbia ... Women's Sabre ... Jr. ... Brookline, Massachusetts); and Becca Ward (Duke ... Women's Sabre ... Fr. ... Portland, Oregon)
contact: Pete LaFleur (firstname.lastname@example.org)