Air Force athletics announces major award winners
May 27, 2010
OUTSTANDING ATHLETIC ACHIEVEMENT: Senior Peter French has been one of the fencing program's most successful athletes. During his four-year career, French, a native of Austin, Texas, has brought sportsmanship recognition to the Academy and to the program as the 2007-08 MWC Hal Rothman Sportsmanship Award and NCAA Sportsmanship Award recipient. French is the program's highest ranked fencer in the U.S. Fencing Association point standings (fifth). He is a three-time NCAA Men's Epee All-American and earned honors as a NCAA All-West Region selection three times. While at the Academy, he has amassed a 182-57 collegiate record. At the 2010 NCAA Men's and Women's Fencing Championships, he won the silver medal in men's epee and helped lead the five-member squad to a 12th-place finish, the team's highest finish in seven years. He was the Falcons' top competitor in over half of the men's epee competitions from 2006-2009. French has become a world class athlete throughout his career competing in both the Junior and Senior World Cups in Slovakia, Germany, Hungary, Switzerland and Spain.
Women's Fencing: Senior Jennifer Nolta (Reston, Va.) was the 2010 women's team captain. She took the women's epee team to a combined 57 wins at both the Brandeis and Duke meets. She concluded her Academy career with five top-10 finishes at the Nick Toth Open, the Falcon Open, the New Mexico Open and the Amarillo Open.