Trapani and French make top 8
March 20, 2009
University Park, Pa., March 20, 2009 - Today concluded the men's competition for the NCAA Fencing Championships. In men's epee, Air Force fencers Daniel Trapani and Peter French finished in the top eight. Trapani finished in fifth place with 14 victories, with .609 percent of his bouts won and 92 touches scored. French finished in seventh place, scoring 14 victories (.609) and 91 touches scored. Air Force finished the day in 13th place with 28 victories.
Air Force's Simone Barrette will compete in the women's epee championships, Saturday and Sunday.
Pennsylvania State University remains in first place followed by Ohio State University in second for overall team standings. Penn Sate secured 98 victories while Ohio State finished with 93 victories. Notre Dame holds third place with 84 victories and in fourth place is Columbia/Barnard with 65 victories.
Final combined team standings will be announced Sunday following the women's competition.
Slava Zingerman from Wayne State placed first in epée to secure his third national championship. Princeton's Graham Wicas took second, while Benji Ungar of Harvard and Jason Pryor of Ohio State placed third.
Penn State's Aleksander Ochocki took first place in sabre defeating Daryl Homer of St. John's (New York), 15-14. Mike Momtselidze (Ohio State) and Daniel Bak (Penn State) tied for third.
In the foil division, Nicholas Chinman from Penn State came from behind to defeat Gerek Meinhardt of Notre Dame 15-14 for first place. Columbia's Kurt Getz and Penn State's Miles Chamley-Watson shared third place.
Results courtesy of NCAA.com