March 26, 2012
U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo. (March 24-25) - Air Force Academy freshman Alexander Chiang earned third-team All-America honors in men's foil fencing. At the 2012 NCAA Men's Fencing Championships in Columbus, Ohio, March 24-25, Chiang (Atlanta, Ga.) finished 11th in the foil championships with a 13-10 bout record against his 23 opponents. In his first collegiate national championship, Chiang scored 13 victories, with 90 touches scored, 79 touches received and had a +11 identifier. Chiang is this week's athletics athlete of the week.
"I am very proud of our guys," said Head Coach Abdel Salem. "Finishing 15th is a good finish, especially because we only had the three qualifiers. Chiang did very well and it makes me proud to see one of our freshmen finish in the top 12. He did very good going up against the nation's top collegiates."
As a freshman, Chiang finished the regular season in collegiate competition, 43-21. His bout records were earned at the Western Invitational where he finished 17-1 (Jan. 7). He was 8-7 at the Duke Meet (Feb. 11), finished 5-3 at the West Regionals (March 10) and 13-10 at the NCAAs (March 24-25).
Senior Phillip Choy, who finished 23rd in foil and sophomore Chase Houser who finished 22nd in epee also competed in the NCAA meet. The Falcons finished 15th overall after scoring a total of 26 points.