March 20, 2013
U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo. - Air Force Academy fencers Mary McElwee and James Salem are off to San Antonio to compete in the 2013 NCAA Fencing National Championships, March 21-24. Both freshmen, McElwee will fence individual women's foil and Salem will compete in men's epee. The University of the Incarnate Word and San Antonio Sports will co-host the championships at the Freeman Coliseum March 21-24 in San Antonio, Texas.
McElwee qualified for the NCAAs with a freshman record of 32-6. In her first collegiate Western Invitational, she finished 14-1 and 10-3 at the Notre Dame Duals. At the West Regional Championships she placed second with an 8-2 bout record.
Salem qualified for his first national championships with a career record of 28-6. His Western Invitational record was 7-2, he went on to compete in the Notre Dame Duals and finished with a 14-1 bout record. In the 2013 NCAA West Regional Championships, he finished second with a 7-3 record.
The National Collegiate Men's and Women's Fencing Championships include individual events in each of the six weapons (men's foil, men's epee, men's sabre, women's foil, women's epee, women's sabre). The men's events begin with the preliminary rounds 1-4 on Thursday, March 21, concluding with rounds 5-7 and the semifinal and championship bouts on Friday, March 22. The women's rounds 1-4 are Saturday, March 23, with rounds 5-7 on Sunday, March 24, followed by the semis and championship bouts.
Tournament Schedule - Results will be posted after each section
March 21, Thursday
- 10:00 a.m. Men's Preliminary Rounds 1-4
March 22, Friday
- 9:30 a.m. Men's Preliminary Rounds 5-7
- 1:45 p.m. Men's Semifinal & Championship Bouts
March 23, Saturday
- 10:00 a.m. Women's Preliminary Rounds 1-4
March 24, Sunday
- 9:30 a.m. Women's Preliminary Rounds 5-7
- 1:45 p.m. Women's Semifinal & Championship Bouts