Nov. 19, 2012
U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo. - Two Air Force Academy fencers traveled to Slovakia to compete in the Memoral de Martinengo Junior World Cup Nov. 17-18 under the guidance of the team's head coach, Abdel Salem. Freshmen Mary McElwee and James Salem competing in women's foil and men's epee made the trip.
On Saturday, McElwee drew a small crowd as she traded point for point with the top-seeded Italian fencer Mathilde Biagioti in a tense elimination bout at the World Cup and having already vanquished esteemed Czech fencer Andrea Bimova and others in the pools earlier in the day, finishing 56th among 134 foil competitors in foil. McElwee placed fourth overall among the 12 fencers representing the United States.
In the two-day longstanding international event, Salem represented Air Force on Nov. 18 among 254 competitors in the Junior Men's Epee category. Salem came in a stunning 10th place after the first round of pools and ended the day an impressive 62nd among the field of talented athletes. Like McElwee, Salem also placed a high fourth among competitors from the United States.
Both fencers earned international points for their performances in the competition.
"There is room for improvement as the freshmen get their balance as fencers, but I see solid gains," said Coach Abdel Salem.
The Academy fencers were to travel to New York for a dual meet at Columbia University, Nov. 30, at the time of this post, the meet was canceled.