AFA FENCERS EARN NINE MEDALS
Oct. 30, 2011
U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo. -- Air Force Academy fencers earned nine medals this weekend, Oct. 29-30, at the Falcon Open at the Air Force Academy. In the first day of the open, Heather Nelson won the women's saber championship title. As the No. 1 Seed, Nelson received a bye, advanced to the top eight and won that bout, 15-7. In the semifinals, she beat her opponent, 15-2, and won the final bout 15-7. Also as the No. 1 Seed, Emiliano Kaptain was the winner of the men's saber gold. Kaptain advanced to the finals winning his bouts, 15-4, 15-9, 15-13 and the finals, 15-8. Chase Houser won the senior men's epee gold and earned his "A" rating in US Fencing Association. In the largest pool of the open (64), Houser was seeded 13, and advanced to the finals with bout wins of 15-4, 15-7, 15-13, 15-5 and in the finals 15-10.
The open continued on Sunday, Oct. 30, as Air Force fencers, Christina Jung, Diana Hock, and Ashley Chung were all in the top 16 in women's foil. In the bout between Christina Jung and Ashley Chung, the fencers kept the score very close throughout the allotted three periods, which ended in a 13-13 tie that put the bout into overtime. At the toss of the coin, Jung earned the right of way, but Chung scored the winning touch. In the top eight, Chung went against Hock in another close bout, keeping the score between one and two touches. Hock pulled ahead and scored a 15-13 victory, which advanced her to the final four. Hock lost the bout to Katrin Sommer, 14-10, as time ran out in the third period, and finished tied for third place. Both Chung and Christina Jung finished eighth and ninth, respectively.
On Sunday, representing Air Force in the men's foil gold medal bout, it was No. 3 Phillip Choy versus No. 1 Alexander Chiang. Chiang was victor with a 15-8 win. Both fencers received a bye in the top 16, and both advanced to the top eight, with Chiang winning 15-3 and Choy a 15-5. Choy won his semifinal bout, 15-11, and Chiang won 15-6. Choy became the runner-up and Travis Dyson tied for third place.
Also competing in Saturday's events were Scott Pippin, who took second place and Emerson Woerner who tied for third in saber. Pippin advanced to the finals with a 15-2, 15-8, 15-11 and lost 15-8 to Kaptain. Woerner advanced to the semis, 15-3, 15-11 and lost 15-13 to Kaptain. Edward Wong, who earned his "D" in USFA, finished sixth in saber. Also in the saber, Chiang finished in eighth place.
In women's epee, Juli Nokelberg placed sixth, while Jessica Steuber finished in 18th place and Tara Zartman 25th. Nathan Sorensen finished seventh in epee, while Phillip Choy took 15th and Dalton Boatright finished in 36th place. Obadare Ogundipe finished 50th followed by Andrew Daugherty, who finished 52nd. Weston Umano and Daniel Johnson finished tied for 58th and 60th, respectively.
Finally, following Nelson's win in women's saber on Saturday, teammates Yannie Horth, Desirae Ionata, and Vianca Torres finished fifth through seventh place, respectively. Allison Egan finished in ninth place in saber.
At the end of the Falcon Open, the Academy's fencers won four gold medals, three bronze and two silver medals.
On Nov. 11-14, the Academy's fencers compete in the Junior North American Cup tournament in Austin, Texas.
Final Results courtesy of: http://amarilloopen.com/results/falcon/index.htm