THE NICK TOTH OPEN CONCLUDED WITH FOUR AFA FENCERS WINNING TITLES
U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo. - Sept. 9, 2012 - On Sunday, the Nick Toth Open came to a close with four Air Forces fencers winning championship titles in their respective weapons, Madeleine Girardot, Alex Chiang, Emerson Woerner and Nathan Sorenson.
On Sunday, freshmen Girardot and Mary McElwee both advanced to the senior women's foil final round. Girardot won the title bout, 15-11, against her opponent.
Throughout the entire nine minutes of the three-period bout, the two fencers kept the round very close. As soon as one scored, the other would answer with a touch. For most of the bout, the two opponents kept the scores tied until the third period when Girardot scored four touches against McElwee and ending the match 15-11.
Earlier in the day, sophomore Alex Chiang won the senior men's foil gold medal round against his opponent from Denver, 15-2. Chiang, seeded No. 1 received a BYE to the top 16, where he won 15-3. He advanced to semi-finals 15-6 and won the semi round 15-8.
On Saturday, in the final round of the open senior men's saber championships, Emerson Woerner won the title bout 15-9. In men's epee, Nathan Sorensen won the championship title with a 15-7 win against his opponent, Spencer Amman from the Northern Colorado Fencing Club.
Woerner, the No. 5 seed, advanced through the rounds 15-7, 15-10, 15-8 and 15-11. Teammate Scott Pippin finished in second place as the No. 3 seed, with scores of 15-4, 15-10, 15-13, losing 15-9 to Woerner in the gold medal round.
"I am proud and very impressed in our freshmen and our seniors and sophomores," said head coach Abdel Salem. "We have good talent this year and our team should do well as we advance into our season's schedule."
Other Air Force standouts in the open included Allison Egan and Vianca Torres who finished seventh and ninth, respectively in women's saber. Freshmen Adam Marcinkowski finished seventh, while Ryan Redhead and Matthew Bergstedt finished 12th and 14th, respectively in men's saber. Desirae Ionata tied for third place in the women's saber event.
In women's epee, Olivia Prosseda finished in ninth place, Tara Zartman finished 16th and Jessica Steuber finished 23rd. Newcomer James Salem tied for third place in epee. Dalton Boatright finished 32nd in men's epee and freshmen John Dilorenzo and sophomore Andrew Daugherty finished 43rd and tied 44th, respectively. Ashley Chung and Rachel Cranfill finished 10th and 11th, respectively in women's foil.
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