McElwee and Chiang AFA's top fencers at NAC D1/Jr.

Nov. 12, 2012

U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo. - Eight Academy fencers traveled to Virginia Beach, Va. (Nov. 9-12) to compete in the North American Cup Division 1 and Junior Tournament. The Academy's top two fencers were Mary McElwee, who placed 20th in Division 1 women's foil and 39th in junior women's foil, and Alexander Chiang, who tied for third place in junior men's foil.

McElwee placed 20th among 114 fencers in Division 1 women's foil on Nov. 9, 2012. McElwee advanced to direct elimination with a 5-1 record in pools where she was in second place. In pools she had 27 touches scored, 16 touches received and a +11 indicator. After receiving a bye (table of 128) she beat her opponent from Canada 15-8 in the top 64, but lost to her opponent from Kentucky, 4-12 in the top 32. McElwee went on to compete on Sunday, Nov. 11, in the junior women's foil tournament where she tied for 39th in the 125 women's tournament. She finished second in pools with a 4-2 record and won her bout in table 128, 15-6, but lost 11-15 in the top 64.

Chiang tied for third place in junior men's foil on Nov. 10 where he finished in first place in pool #15 with a 5-1 record with 29 TS, 11 TR and a +18 Ind. He received a bye in table 256 and advanced through the tables 15-4, 15-12, 15-4. He entered the semis with a 15-8 in the top 8, a 15-10 in the semis and lost the final round 12-15 and finished tied for third place. Chiang earned his A2012 rating in the U.S. Fencing Association.

Olivia Prosseda was defeated in Division 1 women's epee on Nov. 10. She tied 137th with a 0-6 record in pools.

In Division 1 men's saber, the three-member team of Ryan Redhead, Matthew Bergstedt and Adam Marcinkowski failed to advance through pools to the DE rounds. Redhead had a 1-4 record in pools, Bergstedt a 1-5 and Marcinkowski a 1-5 record. Among the 148 fencers, Redhead placed 115th, Bergstedt tied for 135th and Marcinkowski placed 139th. On Monday, Nov. 12, Redhead placed 98th, Bergstedt placed 47th and Marcinkowski placed 121st in the field of 136 fencers.



In Division 1 men's epee (Nov. 11), James Salem and John Dilorenzo placed 148th and tied for 204th, respectively, in the 264 fencer tournament. Salem was defeated in table 256 while DiLorenzo was eliminated with a 2-4 record in pools.

"Our fencers went up against some of the very best in the country and international fencers and were able to hold their own," said head coach Abdel Salem. "It was a tough competition."

The combined total of fencers the Academy group competed against in their respective categories was 1074 fencers, which makes this one of the largest NAC competitions so far this season. Each fencer competed against an average of 134 individual fencers.

The Academy's fencers have some time off before they travel to New York City to compete in the Columbia University Duals, Nov. 30. The next NAC is Dec. 7-10 in Milwaukee, Wis.

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