Mar 14, 2014 12:00 PM by Jordan Mason
U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo. - The NCAA Men's and Women's Fencing Committee has announced the field of 144 competitors who will participate in the 2014 National Collegiate Men's and Women's Fencing Championships. Ohio State will host the championships at French Fieldhouse in Columbus, Ohio.
Air Force will have five fencers making the trip to the Columbus, March 20 to March 23, with the championships bouts being held on March 21 and March 23. Competition begins at 9:30 a.m. on March 20 and March 22 and at 9 a.m. on March 21 and March 23.
The five Air Force fencers earned their spots on the national list after qualifying at the NCAA West Regionals in Pasadena, Calif., on March 8 in their respective disciplines.
In women's individual foil, sophomore Madeleine Girardot, undefeated in pools (8-0), won the foil title. Mary McElwee, who is making her second trip to the NCAAs (2013), was 7-1 in pools and finished as the first runner-up.
In women's saber, freshman Alyssa Hofilena topped her opponent from Stanford 15-9 in the finals to win the saber title.
In men's saber, sophomore Ryan Redhead fought his way from the third seed to win the men's title and claimed his spot on the national qualifying roster.
In men's foil, junior Alexander Chiang, makes a return trip to the NCAAs (2012). Chiang became the first runner-up in the foil finals after falling to 2012 Olympian Alexander Massialas (Stanford) at Regionals.
"Our Air Force fencers fought hard at regionals and it was a good day for all our top fencers," said Head coach Abdel Salem. "The competition was tough but we handled the situation well. Our team is still young, so we will have the pleasure to work with all these top fencers next year. We are looking forward to good performances in NCAA too."
The men's and women's fencing championships include individual events in each of the six weapons (men's epee, men's foil, men's saber, women's epee, women's foil, women's saber). Fencers will compete in a round-robin format of five-touch bouts. After the round-robin, the top-four finishers in each weapon will fence in semifinal 15-touch bouts, with the winners fencing to determine first and second places, and the non-advancing fencers being awarded a tie for third place.
An institution's place finish in the championships will be based on points earned by each individual. A team will be awarded one point for each victory by its student-athletes for the duration of the championships.
This is the first time since 2010 that Air Force has sent five fencers to the NCAAs. This is the fourth time that Ohio State has hosted the NCAA Championships. The last time the championships were in Columbus was in 2012. Air Force has hosted twice, 1997 and 2003.
2014 NCAA Fencing Championships, French Field House-Columbus, Ohio, March 20-23, 2014
Thursday, March 20
Women's Foil, rounds 1-3
Women's Epee, rounds 1-3
Women's Sabre, rounds 1-3
Friday, March 21
Women's Foil, rounds 4-5
Women's Epee, rounds 4-5
Women's Sabre, rounds 4-5
Women's Championship Bouts (in order of epee, foil and sabre)
Saturday, March 22
Men's Foil, rounds 1-3
Men's Epee, rounds 1-3
Men's Sabre, rounds 1-3
Sunday, March 23
Men's Foil, rounds 4-5
Men's Epee, rounds 4-5
Men's Sabre, rounds 4-5
Men's Championship Bouts (in order of epee, foil and sabre)