Falcon Fencers Completed Day One of North American Cup
April 25, 2010
On Saturday, the Air Force Academy fencing team concluded the first day of competition at the North American Cup in Virginia Beach, Va. Sophomore Simone Barrette placed seventh in Division 1 Women's Epee, marking her second top-eight finish in Division 1 competition this season. Senior Michael O'Connor competed in Division 1 Men's Saber, his last tournament in the Falcon uniform, but did not qualify for the direct elimination play after finishing 1-5 in pools.
Barrette posted a 4-1 record in pools and was seeded 25th heading into direct elimination play. She defeated her first three opponents in the direct elimination tableau, earning a spot in the quarterfinals before fencing Kelley Hurley, a 2008 Olympian and 2008 NCAA champion. Hurley won the bout 15-7.
"Simone fenced well all day," said assistant coach Timothy French. "She was mentally prepared to do her best and I am proud of her top-eight finish. She has shown great improvement this year and concluded the season with a superb result."
The competition resumed on Sunday, with junior Daniel Trapani, sophomore Benjamin Rinaldi and freshman Nathan Sorensen competing in Division 1 Men's Epee. Freshman Heather Nelson will also fence in Division 1 Women's Saber.
Nelson finished 37th among 68 in saber. Trapani took 34th among the 218 men's epee fencers, while Sorenson and Rinaldi finished 125th and 153rd, respectively.