May 23, 2012
U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo. - The Air Force Academy announced the athletics Most Valuable Player Awards for fencing at the Academy's Individual Awards Ceremony on May 21, 2012.
The Academy's Most Valuable Fencer (Men) Award went to, senior Phillip Choy, CS26, (Basking Ridge, N.J.). At the 2012 NCAA Western Regional's Choy (men's foil) Choy qualified to the NCAA Men's and Women's Fencing Championships. Choy was the individual men's foil runner up with a 6-2 bout record. At the NCAA Fencing Championships, Choy finished 23rd and helped the Falcons' to a 15th-place team finish. On Jan. 7, 2012, Choy finished 14-4 at the Western Invitational and added to the foil team's five victories against some of the nation's top collegiate's. The team captain, Choy majored in systems engineering management.
The Most Valuable Fencer (Woman) Award went to senior Christina Jung, CS 37 (Waynesville, MO). Jung served as the 2012 women's fencing team captain. Throughout here Academy career, Jung helped to mentor the women fencers on and off the strip. At the 2012 Duke Meet in February, Jung helped to lead the women's foil team to an 8-1 victory versus the foils from North Carolina, giving the Academy's foil squad their only outright victory of the day. At the Western Regional's, Jung finished seventh and earned all-region honors. Jung majored in management.
"I am very proud of our award winners. They lead the team to several team victories during their tenure as team captains," said Head Coach Abdel Salem. "I will miss them. I congratulate them on their commission to second lieutenants."
TEAM HIGHLIGHTS: The Air Force Academy fencing team started the season off claiming gold medals at the Nick Toth Open in September 2011. The Falcons winning gold were sophomore Emerson Woerner in individual men's saber. Junior Heather Nelson won individual women's saber and freshman Alexander Chiang won the men's foil championship. At the Amarillo Open in October, freshman Emiliano Kaptain captured the men's saber gold at the Amarillo Open. Chiang won the foil gold medal bout. At the Falcon Open in October, the Falcons won nine medals.
At the Western Invitational, the Falcons were 8-4. The women's saber finished 4-2; epee (3-2); foil (2-4). The men were 4-2 in saber, 5-1 in epee, and 5-1 in foil. At the 2012 NCAA Western Regional's, Air Force had three men qualify for the national championships. Choy (foil), Chiang (foil) and junior Chases Houser (epee) all qualified. At Regional's, Choy was the runner-up in foil, Chiang finished fourth, while Houser was the epee champion.
The fencers competed in the annual Duke Meet. The team finished 2-8 overall. Falcons' standouts for both days were Daniel Cohen, 12-3, in foil, and Houser, 10-4, in epee. Finishing with 8-7 records were Chiang in foil, Emiliano Kaptain, saber, and in epee, Nathan Sorensen. Nelson had an 11-4 record. The foil team of Lydia Hill, Jung and Rachel Cranfill also stood out, scoring an 8-1 victory versus the foils from the University of North Carolina, giving the Air Force squad their only outright victory for the day.
At the 2012 NCAA Men's and Women's Fencing Championships, Air Force finished 15th with 26 points. Choy finished 23rd and Houser finished 22nd. Chiang finished 12th, winning 13 bouts. Chiang received third-team All-American honors.