Five Air Force Fencers Qualify for NCAA Championships

The NCAA Men's and Women's Fencing Committee announced today the field of 144 fencers who will participate in the 2001 National Collegiate Men's and Women's Fencing Championships. Five Air Force fencers were selected to compete in the championships, including three from the men's team and two from the women's team.

On the men's side, Weston Kelsey (epee) received an automatic bid, while Wil Gettys Jr. (epee) and Jared Parks (sabre) each received an at-large bid.

On the women's side, Elia Burrill (epee) and Jamie Rasmussen (sabre) received automatic bids.

Four Falcon fencers were also chosen as alternates, including Andrea Rix (sabre), Kim Sugrue (epee), Ashley Roell (foil) and Andrew Grieg (sabre).

The 2001 National Collegiate Men's and Women's Fencing Championships, hosted by the University of Wisconsin, Parkside, will be held at the Sports and Activities Center in Parkside, Wis., March 22-25, 2001.

The combined-scoring championships include individual events in each of the six weapons (women's foil, women's epee, women's sabre, men's foil, men's epee and men's sabre). Fencers will compete in a round-robin of 24 fencers in five-touch bouts. After the round-robin, the top four fencers in each event will fence direct elimination 15-touch bouts for first, second, third and fourth place.

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