The Air Force Academy Fencing Team will host the annual Nick Toth Open on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 8-9, at the USAFA Cadet Gymnasium. Action begins at 10:00 a.m. in the East Gym. The event is free and open to the public. The Falcons' next home tournament is the Falcon Open, Nov. 3-4.
Returning this season are team captains Dalton Boatright and Olivia Prosseda, both fence epee. Also returning on the men's team are Scott Pippin (saber), Nathan Sorensen (epee), Chase Houser (epee), Emerson Woerner (saber), Alexander Chiang (foil), and Emiliano Kaptain (saber). The returning women are Ashley Chung (foil), Rachel Cranfill (foil), Vianca Torres (foil), Tara Zartman (epee), Allison Egan (saber), Desirae Ionata (saber), and Jessica Steuber (epee).
Joining the team are recruited cadets, Madeleine Girardot (foil), Mary McElwee (foil), Matthew Bergstedt (saber), John Dilorenzo (foil), Adam Marcinkowski (saber), Ryan Redhead (saber), and James Salem (epee). The freshmen will give the much needed support to the teams following the departure of the class of 2012.
The team will travel to several North American Cup tournaments between October 2012 and July 2013. In September, the team will compete in the annual Amarillo Open in Texas, Sept. 29-30. The New Mexico Open is scheduled for Oct. 20-21 in Santa Fe, N.M. The Western Invitational will be in Pasadena, Calif., on Jan. 12. Feb. 23-24 is the Notre Dame Dual Meet in South Bend. NCAA Regionals will be hosted by San Diego State University on March 9-10, with the NCAA Men's and Women's Fencing Championships on March 21-24 in San Antonio, Texas.
"I'm looking forward to the 2012-2013 season, said Head coach Abdel Salem. "I think the team will do well and will have fun. We have wonderful leaders on the team and good freshmen. We are also very excited about our wonderful new fencing facility."