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Location: ......................2168 Field House Dr., USAFA CO 80840

1....................................................................General Information

Colors: ..................................................................... Blue & Silver

2.......................................................................2010-11 Schedule

Nickname:........................................................................ Falcons

3-7. .............................................................Academy Information

Enrollment: ..........................................................................4,400

4-5. ........................................................ Academy Administration

Founded: ..............................................................................1954

6-7. ........................................................ Academy General Facts

Affiliation: .........................................................................NCAA 1

8-11................................................................ Academy Athletics

Conference: ................... Independent (Fencing); Mountain West

8...................................................... Athletics Director (Dr. Mueh)

Superintendent: .................................... Lt Gen Michael C. Gould

9.............................................................. Athletics Administration

Director of Athletics...............................................Dr. Hans Mueh

10-11................................................................ Athletics Facilities 12-15 ........................................ Fencing Program Administration

COACHING STAFF

12-13 .................................................. Head Coach Abdel Salem 14................................Assistant Coaches Adam Skarbonkiewicz

Head Coach:........ Abdel Salem (University of Alexandria, Egypt)

......................................................................and Timothy French

Career Record/Years at AFA: .............. 210-153 (.578) / 12 years

15.................... Volunteer Coach Tom Strzalkowski/Support Staff

E-mail: ...................................................abdel.salem@usafa.edu

16-17 ....................................Fencing Season Outlook (2010-11)

Best time to reach coach: ......... Between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. MST

18-33 ....................... Fencing Team Information (Roster/Profiles)

Salem’s Phone: ..................................................... 719-333-4807

19..............................................................Fencing Team Rosters

Fax/Toll Free Phone: ...719-333-2599/1-800-379-1455 ext. 4807

20-21 .........................Fencing Team Captains (Barrette/Trapani)

Assistant Coaches: ......... Adam Skarbonkiewicz (Portland State)

22-33 ........................................................ Fencing Team Profiles

............................................................. Timothy French (USAFA)

34.......................................... Fencing Season Review (2009-10)

Skarbonkiewicz’ Phone: ........................................ 719-333-9399

35-42 ..................................................Fencing History (Records)

E-mail: ....................................adam.skarbonkiewicz@usafa.edu

35................... Fencing Season Records (Season Highs/Career)

French’s Phone: .................................................... 719-333-1734

36.........................................................................Fencing History

E-mail: ................................................timothy.french@usafa.edu

37..................................... Season Team Records (Men/Women)

Coaching Volunteer Assistant: .....Tom Strzalkowski (Penn State)

38-39 ...................................... Academy, NCAA/Region Records

Home Court: ...................................... USAFA Cadet Gymnasium

40.................................................Academy NCAA All-Americans

TEAM INFORMATION

41-42 .................................................. Academy Fencing Honors

2009-10 Dual Record .................................Men 8-2; Women 0-9 2010 NCAA Qualifiers/Finish: ......................Five/12th (52 points) ...............................Two All-Americans; Seven All-Region (West) Varsity letter winners Returning/Lost: ....................................21/5

Credits

MEDIA CONTACT INFORMATION Media Contact: .......................................Madeline McGuire Office Phone: .............................................. (719) 333-4263 Fax: ............................................................. (719) 333-3798 Mailing Address: .................2168 Field House Dr., Suite 409 ......................................... USAF Academy, CO 80840-9500 E-mail: ..................................madeline.mcguire@usafa.edu

The Air Force Academy Fencing Media Guide is a publication of the Air Force Academy Athletics Media Relations Office. Editor: Madeline McGuire; Cover Design and Layout. Photography: DenMar Capital Service, Ben Solomon Photography, Cadet Wing Media, Dave Black Photography and the AFA fencers. Printing: The Air Force Academy Fencing media guide is a web-based publication. Printed copies are not available. On the Covers, the 2010-11 men’s and women’s teams.

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2010-2011/S SCHE EDULE E 2010-11 FENCING SCHEDULE Date

Opponent

Time

Location

Sep. 18-19

NICK TOTH OPEN

All Day

USAFA, CO *

Oct. 2-3

Amarillo Open

All Day

Amarillo, TX

Nov. 6-7

FALCON OPEN

All Day

USAFA, CO *

Nov. 18-22

Junior NAC

All Day

Milwaukee, WI

Dec. 18-20

Div. I NAC

All Day

Atlanta, GA

Jan. 8

Western Invitational

All Day

San Diego, CA

Jan. 13-18

Div. I - Junior NAC

All Day

Dallas, TX

Jan. 29-30

Notre Dame Invitational

All Day

South Bend, IN

Feb. 17-22

Junior Olympics

All Day

Dallas, TX

Mar. 5

NCAA WESTERN REGIONALS

All Day

USAFA, CO #

Mar. 23-27

NCAA Div. I Fencing Champs

All Day

Columbus, OH

Apr. 14-18

USFA Div. I National Champs

All Day

Portland, OR

June 30-July 10

U.S. Summer Nationals

All Day

Reno, NV

* USAFA Cadet East Gym; # USAFA (Cadet Gym - TBD)

Schedule subject to change: www.GoAirForceFalcons.com North American Cup (NAC) schedules and results available at www.USFencing.org

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THE ACADEMY/A ADM MINISTR RATION N LT GEN MICHAEL C. GOULD SUPERINTENDENT

Lt Gen Michael Gould took command of the U.S. Air Force Academy, as the 18th superintendent.

Lt Gen Michael C. Gould is Superintendent, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo. He directs a four-year academic, military training, athletic and character development program leading to a bachelor’s degree and commission as an Air Force officer. The general is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy’s Class of 1976. His career encompasses a wide range of assignments, ranging from head football coach of the Air Force Academy Preparatory School, to serving as Air Force aide to the President of the United States. He has held numerous command positions at the group, wing and numbered air force level, and was commander of Cheyenne Mountain Operations Center during 9/11. Prior to his return to the Academy, he was Director of Operations and Plans, U.S. Transportation Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill. General Gould is a command pilot with more than 3,000 flying hours in the T-38, T-41, KC-10, C-5, C-17, C-21, C-141 and KC-135R. The general’s military awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Defense Superior Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

HISTORY OF THE ACADEMY In 1948, a board of leading civilian and military educators was appointed to plan the curriculum for an academy that would meet the needs of the newly established Air Force. The board determined that Air Force requirements could not be met by expanding the other service academies and recommended an Air Force academy be established without delay. In 1949, then Secretary of the Air Force W. Stuart Symington appointed a commission to assist in selecting a site and on April 1, 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower authorized creation of the United States Air Force Academy. After considering 580 sites in 45 states, the commission narrowed the choice to three locations. In the summer of 1954, Secretary of the Air Force Harold Talbott selected a site near Colorado Springs, Colo. Colorado contributed $1 million toward purchase of the property. In July 1955, the first academy class entered interim facilities at Lowry Air Force Base, Denver, while construction began. It was sufficiently completed for occupancy by the cadet wing in late August 1958. Initial construction cost was $142 million. Women entered the academy on June 28, 1976, as members of the class of 1980.

The general, a 1976 Academy graduate, is in his second year at the Air Force Academy as superintendent.

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THE ACADEMY/A ADM MINISTR RATION N VICE SUPERINTENDENT Colonel Tamara Rank

DEAN OF FACULTY Brig General Dana Born

COMMANDANT OF CADETS Brig General Richard Clark

COMMANDER 10TH AIR BASE WING Colonel Rick LoCastro

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THE ACADEMY/G GEN NER RAL FACTS S Study Faculty Athletics Military Education and Training

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THE ACADEMY/G GEN NER RAL FACTS S The United States Air Force Academy offers a four-year program of instruction and experience designed to educate, train and inspire men and women to become officers of character, motivated to lead the United States Air Force in service to our nation. Each cadet graduates with a bachelor of science degree and a commission as a second lieutenant in the Air Force.

Course of Study Cadets are exposed to a balanced curriculum that provides the knowledge, skills and responsibilities essential to a career Air Force officer. The entire USAFA experience is integrated and mapped to achieve a set of desired outcomes in every graduate. The core academic curriculum includes courses in basic sciences, engineering, social sciences and humanities. Cadets take additional elective courses to complete requirements for one of 32 major areas of study. Over 50 percent of the cadets complete majors in science and engineering; the remainder graduate in the social sciences and humanities. Some of the most popular majors include management, aeronautical engineering, foreign studies, history, behavioral science, civil engineering, astronautical engineering, electrical engineering and engineering mechanics. Academic majors include: Aeronautical Engineering, Astronautical Engineering, Behavioral Sciences, Biology, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Economics, Electrical Engineering, and Engineering Mechanics, English, Environmental Engineering, Foreign Area Studies, Geography, History, Legal Studies, Management, Mathematical Sciences, Mechanical Engineering, Meteorology, Military Strategic Studies, Physics, Political Science, Basic Sciences, General Engineering, Humanities, Social Sciences, Operations Research, Space Operations, Systems Engineering and Systems Engineering Management.

Faculty Composition The majority of the Academy’s faculty members, more than 500 total, are Air Force officers. They are selected primarily from career-officer volunteers who have established outstanding records of performance

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and dedication. Each has at least a master’s degree and more than 55 percent have doctorates or other terminal degrees in their field of study. Faculty members are intensely focused on cadets’ learning as an integral part of their officer development. The Air Force Academy has been ranked No. 1 in the nation for the most accessible and involved faculty for four years in a row. To provide greater contributions by a diverse faculty, the Academy has several distinguished visiting professors and associate professors who serve one or more years. Officers from other services are members of the faculty and a small number of officers from allied countries teach as well. Distinguished civilian and military lecturers also share their expertise with the cadets during the academic year.

Athletic Program The Academy’s athletic program is designed to improve physical fitness, teach athletic skills and develop leadership qualities. To achieve its goals, the Academy offers some of the most extensive physical education, intramural sports and intercollegiate athletic programs in the nation. Cadets take at least three different physical education courses each year.

mission and organization of the Air Force. Sophomores receive instruction in communicative skills and juniors study the combat and operational aspects of the Air Force. Military studies for the senior class focus on military thought. The Academy offers courses in flying, navigation, soaring and parachuting, building from basic skills to instructor duties. Cadets may fly light aircraft with the Cadet Flying Team. Summer training for cadets is divided into three, three-week training periods. There are a variety of programs available and each cadet is required to complete two training periods each summer with leave during the other period. All new cadets take six weeks of basic cadet training in their first summer. Combat survival training is a required three-week program during cadets’ second summer. For other second-summer training periods, cadets have options such as working with young airmen in an operational unit at an Air Force installation, airborne parachute training, soaring or basic free-fall parachute training. During their last two summers, all cadets are offered leadership training as supervisors or instructors in summer programs, such as basic cadet training, survival training, freefall parachuting and soaring.

Military Education and Training An air, space and cyberspace-oriented military education, training and leadership program begins with basic cadet training and continues throughout the four years. Seniors are responsible for the organizational leadership of the cadet wing, while juniors and sophomores seek to develop team and interpersonal leadership and instructional tasks. Cadets are projected into as many active leadership roles as possible to prepare them to be effective Air Force officers. Fundamental concepts of military organization -- drill, ethics, honor, Air Force heritage and physical training -- are emphasized the first summer during basic cadet training. Freshmen then study the military role in United States society as well as the

Extracurricular activities also are an integral part of the education program. The cadet ski club, drum and bugle corps, cadet chorale and forensics are a few of the programs available.

Nominations Nominations to the Academy may be obtained through a congressional sponsor or by meeting eligibility criteria in other categories of competition established by law. For information on admission procedures, write to HQ USAFA/RRS; 2304 Cadet Drive, Suite 200; USAF Academy, CO 80840-5025. www.usafa.af.mil

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THE ACADEMY/AT THLE ETIICS S ADM MINISTR RATION N championships and made two straight appearances in the NCAA tournament. Mueh was on the selection committee that hired current head coach Frank Serratore and led the Academy’s move into the Athletic Hockey Association. The women’s basketball program has shown steady improvement and last year won an Academy Division I record 10 games.

Dr. Hans J. Mueh is in his sixth year as the director of athletics at the Air Force Academy. A retired Air Force brigadier general, Mueh was vice dean of faculty for two years prior to his retirement from active duty in the summer of 2004. Mueh was heavily involved in Academy athletics before becoming director of athletics. He was the Academy’s faculty athletics representative from 1996-2004 and was a long-time member of the board of directors for the Air Force Academy Athletics Association. Since becoming the director of athletics, Mueh has led the Academy to some remarkable feats. In 2006-07, the Academy was one of only three schools (Michigan State and Boston College) to reach post-season play in football, men’s basketball and ice hockey. It marked the first time a service academy has ever had a team compete in the post-season in all three sports. In addition, under Mueh’s watch the men’s basketball team has played in an NCAA tournament and the National Invitational Tournament’s Final Four. Mueh hired current head coach Jeff Reynolds and helped him continue Air Force’s winning tradition last season. The ice hockey team has won back-to-back conference

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The football program, the Academy’s flagship sport, went through a major overhaul. Mueh led the transition from the retirement of the legendary Fisher DeBerry after 23 years at the helm to hiring current head coach Troy Calhoun, a 1989 Academy graduate. Calhoun’s impact was immediate, leading the Falcons to a 9-4 overall mark and a second-place finish in the Mountain West Conference in 2007. The Falcons qualified for their first bowl game in five years, playing in the Armed Forces Bowl last year. Mueh has been just as successful behind the scenes with the administration of the department. Mueh restructured the department with an internal/ external model that has streamlined resources and made the department more effective from top to bottom. In addition, he has the department on course to become a federally chartered non-profit organization which will lead to more fund-raising opportunities. Mueh has also been active within the conference and the NCAA. He was recently selected to be part of the NCAA Division I Amateurism Cabinet and has been active on the NCAA’s academics/eligibility compliance cabinet, the men’s golf committee and the region 7 postgraduate scholarship committee. Mueh has been equally active within the conference on various leadership committees.

He is currently on the awards and recognition committee and has previously served on the joint council executive committee, and committees on championships, television and sportsmanship. Before assuming his duties as vice dean at the Academy, Mueh was permanent professor and head of the department of chemistry at the Academy, a position he held since October 1987 where he oversaw the annual design and instruction of 25 undergraduate courses for 1,500 cadets annually. Mueh was born Jan. 8, 1944, in Celle, Germany, and emigrated to the United States in 1951. He entered the Air Force in 1962 as a member of the Academy’s eighth graduating class, and graduated with a bachelor of science degree in chemistry in 1966. While at the Academy, Mueh was a two-year letterwinner in soccer as a goalie. He still holds the Academy record for saves in a game with 30, accomplishing it twice in 1965 against North Carolina and Benedictine. In his junior and senior years, Mueh helped the Falcons to the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Soccer League championship and quarterfinal berths in the NCAA tournament. Following graduation, Mueh completed two assignments in intelligence before attending the University of Wisconsin where he earned his master’s degree in chemistry in 1970. He later earned a doctorate degree in chemistry from Wisconsin in 1976 as a distinguished graduate. He has also completed Squadron Officer School, Air Command and Staff College and Air War College.

department of chemistry from 1970-72. He also served as assistant soccer coach and played semi-pro soccer with the Aurora Internationals in Denver during those two years, leading the Internationals to the Colorado state title in 1971. He volunteered for duty in Vietnam and served as an intelligence officer in Saigon, Republic of Vietnam and at Nakhon Phanom RTAB, Thailand, in 1972 and 1973. After earning his doctorate degree, Mueh returned to the Academy in 1976 as an associate professor of chemistry. He remained at the Academy except for a stint in 1985-86 as the special assistant for technical matters at the Defense Intelligence Agency at the Pentagon. In 1986, he assumed the position of acting head, department of chemistry, before being selected for his position of permanent professor and head of the department of chemistry in 1987. As faculty athletics representative, he was active in both the Western Athletic Conference and Mountain West Conference, and was the Academy’s representative on the transition team to form the new MWC, the only faculty athletics representative on the team. He competes in golf, racquetball, handball and tennis, and has promoted Air Force Academy intercollegiate sports throughout his tenure, beginning with work as chairman of the hockey eligibility committee, officer representative to the men’s golf team and five years as the officer representative to the football team. Mueh is married to the former Sally Flax of Cincinnati, Ohio. They have three children: Kristine, Kurt and Deborah.

Between earning the two degrees, Mueh returned to the Academy as an instructor in the

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THE ACADEMY/AT THLE ETIICS S ADM MINISTR RATION N

Vice Director of Athletics Brad DeAustin

Deputy AD Head, Physical Education Col Billy Walker

Senior Associate AD/External Affairs Jim Trego

Associate AD Finance John Coulahan

Associate AD/SWA Intercollegiate Programs Marti Gasser

Associate AD Recruiting Support William Carpenter

Associate AD Support Wayne Kellenbence

Associate AD Athletic Programs George J. Nelson

Associate AD Information/Communication Troy Garnhart

Associate AD Marketing Derm Coll

Associate AD Human Resources Karen Warner

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THE ACADEMY/AT THLE ETIC CS/F FACILITIES S Few schools in the country have an athletic program as extensive as the Air Force Academy’s. The goals of the athletic program are to enhance the physical conditioning of all cadets, to develop the physical skills necessary for officership, to teach leadership in a competitive environment and to build character. There are three subdivisions of the athletic program: intercollegiate athletics, intramurals and physical education. The intercollegiate program has 17 men’s and 10 women’s NCAA-sanctioned teams, facing some of the top competition in the nation. Men’s teams are football, baseball, basketball, ice hockey, cross country, fencing, golf, gymnastics, indoor and outdoor track, lacrosse, rifle, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, water polo and wrestling. The Academy fields women’s teams in basketball, cross country, fencing, gymnastics, rifle, indoor and outdoor track, swimming and diving, soccer, tennis and volleyball. In addition, the Academy sponsors two nonNCAA programs; boxing and cheerleading. The majority of the Academy’s men’s and women’s programs compete at the

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NCAA Division I level in the Mountain West Conference. The Falcons compete in this conference against teams from Brigham Young, New Mexico, Colorado State, San Diego State, TCU, Wyoming, Utah and UNLV. All sports also compete against non-conference opponents, including many nationally-ranked teams. The football team competes annually for the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy, which is emblematic of service academy football supremacy. The Falcons have won the trophy 16 times, which is more than Army and Navy combined. The winner of the annual rivalry visits with the White House to have the trophy presented by the President of the United States. Falcon Stadium opened on Sept. 22, 1962. The stadium was originally built solely for football, but non-athletic events like the Academy’s annual graduation ceremonies are also conducted there. The newest modification to the stadium was completed in the spring of 2006 with fieldturf. Falcon Stadium has a seating capacity of 46,692.

country. It’s a modern, versatile structure with seemingly endless uses. The $5.6 million building is five stories high and 396 feet by 426 feet, the size of three football fields laid side by side. The structure is divided into three areas--basketball arena, ice hockey arena and multipurpose area. The three sections have a combined seating capacity of 11,000. Clune Arena seats 5,939. The Cadet Ice Rink has a seating capacity of 2,502, while the multipurpose area seats 1,000 fans for track and field competitions. Construction crews began work in August 2010 on the $3.8-million renovation to the Cadet Track Stadium, the outdoor home of the Air Force track and field team. Once completed, the Cadet Track Stadium, located at 6,980 feet above sea level, will be one of the premier track and field facilities in the nation. The department’s newest facility is the Holaday Athletic Center (pictured below), which will be completed in early 2011. The Academy broke ground for the new facility on Oct. 1, 2010.

The USAFA Cadet Field House is one of the most impressive buildings in the

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THE ACADEMY/AT THLE ETIC CS/F FACILITIES S

Above, The Air Force Academy was host to the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Fencing Championships in 2003. AFA’s Seth Kelsey won the men’s individual epee championship. Below (left), Clune Arena seats 5,939, while the Cadet Ice Rink has a seating capacity of 2,502. Below (right), Falcon Stadium has a seating capacity of 46,692. The Cadet Gymnasium is home to the Falcons’ fencing program for practice and competitions.

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THE ACADEMY/HEA AD COA ACH H ABD DEL SALEM M as the Mountain West Conference Hal

Westside Fencing Center in Los Angeles.

Rothman Sportsmanship Award and NCAA

In 1986, he moved on to the Salle Csiszar

Sportsmanship Award honoree. In 2010,

Fencing Center in Philadelphia, where he

French earned All-American honors as the

coached the winning U.S. Women’s Epee

NCAA’s men’s epee runner-up, and Simone

Championship team.

Barrette earned honors in women’s epee. The Falcons have appeared at the NCAA

Salem has been a member of the U.S. Fenc-

Championships each year Salem has been

ing Coaches Association’s Certification and

coaching at Air Force.

Accreditation Board. He is currently the USFCA president.

“I feel lucky to live and work at the United States Air Force Academy in beautiful ColoHead coach Abdel Salem has been at the helm of the U.S. Air Force Academy’s (USAFA) men and women’s fencing program since 1998. A former Olympian, he

rado,” said Coach Salem. “Colorado Springs is a moderately-sized town in the shadow of Pikes Peak, the inspiration for America the Beautiful.”

is also a 1980 graduate of the University of Alexandria, Egypt, and holds a Doctorate in

Before coming to the Academy, Salem was

Medicine. After graduating from Alexandria

the head coach at the Lone Star Fencing

and during his Olympic efforts, Salem was

Center in Dallas, Texas. He founded the

a practicing general physician in Egypt for

center in 1989 and developed fencers from

four years. He was also a 10-year member

the novice skill level to the advanced com-

of the Egyptian National Fencing team and

petitor, including United States National

competed in the 1984 Olympics. In 1996,

Team members. During his time at Lone

Salem was named the U.S. Olympic Com-

Star, Salem was also the fencing coach for

mittee’s Fencing Coach of the Year.

the St. Mark’s School in Dallas.

Salem came to the Academy in 1998.

Salem taught fencing courses at Bryn Mawr

Under Salem’s guidance, the Falcons won

College in Pennsylvania from 1987-1989.

four consecutive Western Region Champi-

His first head coaching position was at the

onship women’s titles from 2002-2005 and

Fairmont Park Fencing Center in Phila-

the men’s teams were region champions

delphia. As head coach at the club from

in 2002 and 2003. In 2003, Elia Burrill was

1987-1989, Salem taught U.S. Olympic

named NCAA Woman of the Year (Colorado)

and World Team members. The club took

and was awarded an NCAA Postgraduate

the U.S. Foil Team Championship title. He

Scholarship. Eliza Enyart was the 2007-08

was also assistant coach at the University

independent nominee for the NCAA’s 18th

of Pennsylvania from 1986-1988.

Meet Salem’s family, his son, James, and wife, Cathy.

Annual Woman of the Year Award. Salem has coached six All-Americans including a

Salem has been a coach at five U.S. Olym-

national champion. USAFA is also fortunate

pic Sports Festivals and has been involved

to count Olympian Seth Kelsey (Class of

with many U.S. National Teams. Between

2003) as one of its distinguished graduates.

1993 and 2005, he was a staff member

In 2006, the women’s team claimed its first-

of the U.S. Fencing Coaches College. He

ever All-American honorable mention when

has also served as coach for the World

Eliza Enyart finished 11th in epee at the

Military Games. Salem’s coaching career

NCAAs. In 2008, Peter French was honored

in the United States began in 1984 at the

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THE ACADEMY/HEA AD COA ACH H ABD DEL SALEM M SALEM’S QUICK FACTS Air Force Academy:

Head Coach January 1998-present

Air Force Coaching Record:

210-153 (.578)

U.S. Military Fencing Team:

Head Coach, 1999-present

Years at Air Force:

Thirteen

E-mail:

abdel.salem@usafa.edu

Phone:

719-333-4807

Certification:

Fencing Master, U.S. Fencing Coaches Association

Born:

Jan. 5, 1955

Hometown:

Alexandria, Egypt

High School Athletics:

Abasia High School

Athletic Awards:

Fencing and Soccer letters

College:

University of Alexandria Medical College

College Athletics:

Fencing

Coaching Experience:

U.S. Fencing Assoc. Coaches College Staff, 1993-2005

Lone Star Fencing Center (Dallas, Texas):

Head Coach, 1989-1998

Coach Salem and members of the USFCA. He is currently the USFCA president.

Fairmont Park Fencing Center Head Coach, 1987-1989 (Philadelphia, Pa.): Bryn Mawr College:

PE Instructor, 1987-1989

University of Pennsylvania:

Assistant Coach, 1986-1988

Salle Csiszar Fencing Center (Philadelphia, Pa.):

Assistant Coach, 1986-1987

Westside Fencing Center (Los Angeles, Calif.):

Assistant Coach, 1984-1986

Coach Salem, flanked by assistant coaches Adam Skarbonkiewicz and Timothy French.

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THE ACADEMY/A ASS SIS STA ANT COA ACHES S several of his students won both national and world championships

Adam Skarbonkiewicz

in various age categories. He was responsible for creating and

Adam Skarbonkiewicz, assistant coach, joined the Academy’s fencing program in 2005 as an assistant coach. He graduated from Portland

State

University

with a bachelor’s degree in science in December 1998. Skarbonkiewicz’s

fencing

credentials include a 2002 Master of Fencing from the Academy of Physical Education, Katowice, Poland. He attended the academy from 1990-1993. Prior to joining the Air

directing the strength and conditioning program for elite fencing athletes while at OFA. From 1995-1996, he was a fencing instructor at Oregon Parks and Recreation in Portland. He was also an instructor at the Rochester Fencing Club in New York from 19931994. While in New York, one of his students won the U.S. Junior Olympic Championships and was a member of the U.S. Junior National Team. Skarbonkiewicz’s athletic achievements include National Champion from 1995-1996; U.S. National Saber champion, 1996; qualification for the 1996 U.S. Olympic Fencing Team; No. 1 ranking in U.S. Saber point standing (1995-1997); U.S. National Championships top three saber team finish in 1996, 1997 and 1998, and Polish National Saber Junior champion (1990). Skarbonkiewicz is also a 2007 staff member of the Coaches College.

Force Academy’s fencing staff, he managed the fencing program at the Oregon Episcopal School in Portland from 1995-2005. He was the fencing coach at the Oregon Fencing Alliance (OFA), where

He helped to lead the men’s team to first place in the 2003 NCAA

Timothy French

West Regional Champions and two second-place finishes in 2004 Timothy French, assistant coach, joined the Air Force Academy’s fencing program in December 2009 as assistant coach. A 2006 graduate of the Academy, French earned a bachelor’s of science degree in history. French

returned

to

and 2005. He was also the men’s epee regional champion in 2004. French was also the 2003 Armed Forces champion and 2005 Santa Fe Open champion. He was the Strength and Conditioning Athlete of the Year for 2005-06. He and his wife, Brittney, reside in Colorado Springs, Colo. His younger brother, Peter (Class of 2010), was

his

alma mater after serving in

also an All-American at the Academy.

the U.S. Air Force. He also graduated in 2009 with a master’s of art degree in history from Norwich University. A native of Austin, Texas, French was a four-time varsity letter winner as an Academy fencer. His Academy career included men’s epee All-American in 2003. He was a three-time NCAA Division I qualifier and finished eighth (2003), 16th (2004) and 14th (2005).

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THE ACADEMY/S SUP PPO ORT STAFF F Tom Strzalkowski

Tom

Strzalkowski,

volunteer

Dr. Bruce Linster Eligibility Committee Chair

Vicky Jimmerson Events Management

Capt Marissa Romero Officer Representative Instructor, Biology

Mark Peters Athletic Trainer

Capt Ebony Cook Officer Representative Instructor, Behavioral Sciences and Leadership

Madeline McGuire Media Relations

assistant

coach, joined the Air Force Academy fencing program as an assistant coach in 2002. He is a 1995 graduate of Penn State with a bachelor of arts, general arts and science degree. Strzalkowski brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the fencing team. At Penn State, he was the team captain in 1993 and 1994. He is a three-time NCAA champion (1992, 1993 and 1994) and a four-time AllAmerican (1991-1994). He was a member of the 1996 U.S. Olympic fencing team. In 1994 and 1995, he competed on the World Championship teams and was a member of the gold medal team at the Pan-American Games.

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Athletic Media Relations Contact Information Madeline McGuire Office: (719) 333-4263 Fax: (719) 333-3798 E-mail: madeline.mcguire@usafa.edu

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THE ACADEMY/S SEAS SON OU UTL LOO OK: 2010-11 1 The Air Force Academy fencing team will

The season then continues with the North

Dame Invitational in South Bend, Ind., Jan.

open the 2010-11 season on Sept. 18-19

American Cup (NAC) Division I/II and Ju-

29-30. The Air Force Academy is scheduled

with the annual Nick Toth Open at the Air

nior fencing tournaments. The NAC sched-

to host the NCAA West Regional Champi-

Force Academy Cadet Gymnasium in the

ule starts October 15-18 with the NAC

onships on March 5. The NCAA Men’s and

East Gym. Head coach Abdel Salem begins

Division I/II Tournament in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Women’s Fencing Championships will fol-

his 13th season at the helm of the program.

The NAC Junior Tournament is Nov. 18-22

low on March 23-28 in Columbus, Ohio.

Assisting Salem is assistant coach Adam

in Milwaukee, Wis. Dec. 18-20, the team

Skarbonkiewicz, now in his fifth season.

travels to Atlanta, Ga., for the NAC Div. I

Joining the staff is assistant coach Timothy

tournament. Dallas, Texas, is the host site

French, who returned to his alma mater

for the NAC Division I/Junior Tournament,

in December 2009 to coach and help with

Jan. 13-18. The NAC Junior Olympic Fenc-

the program’s administrative duties. The

ing Championships is Feb. 17-22 in Dallas,

team returns 21 members from the previ-

which is followed by the U.S. Fencing Asso-

ous season including 2010 All-American,

ciation Division I National Championships

junior Simone Barrette (Louisville, Ky.) as

is in Portland, Ore., on April 14-18. U.S.

the women’s team captain. Senior Daniel

Summer Nationals will begin June 30-July

Trapani (Houston, Texas) will lead the

10 in Reno, Nev.

men’s team as team captain. The returning fencers will be joined by 15 freshmen.

NCAA competitions begin with the 2011

In November, the team will host the Falcon

West Invitational in San Diego, Calif., Jan. 8.

Open on Nov. 6-7 at the Cadet Gym.

The Falcons will also compete at the Notre

Air Force Women’s Fencing Team Top Row - left to right are Olivia Prosseda, Tara Zartman, Juli Nokleberg, Simone Barrette, Yannie Horth, Heather Nelson, Christina Cassabaum, Heather Drephal Bottom Row - left to right are Saskia Hicks, Rachel Cranfill, Ashley Chung, Vianca Torres, Keslie Cooper, Diana Hock.

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Pictured below, freshman Olivia Prosseda at the North American Cup tournament in Ohio, Oct. 15, 2010.

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THE ACADEMY/S SEAS SON OU UTL LOO OK: 2010-11 1 The Coaches Perspectives After losing several key performers to graduation, including Peter French, 2010 All-American (epee), Michael O’Connor, 2010 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship recipient (saber), and Jennifer Nolta, MVP and team captain (epee), the returning fencers will be focusing on improving the teams’ overall performances. The Falcons’ coaching staff states their goals for this year’s teams:

EPEE:

The men’s and women’s epee

teams are led by the team captains, senior Daniel Trapani and junior Simone Barrette. “We want Simone and Dan to anchor the men’s and women’s teams by qualifying again to the NCAA Championships and earning All-America honors,” said the coaching staff. Junior Kaitlyn Bogan (Colfax, Wis.) returns as a starter and is accompanied by two freshmen, Juli Nokleberg (Los Angeles, Calif.) and Olivia Prosseda (Monument, Colo.), who will add depth to the women’s team. “Juli and Olivia are expected to have a good season and help take our women’s team to the next level,” added the coaches. The men’s

team returns several strong competitors in juniors Mister Jackson (Phoenix, Ariz.) and Ben Rinaldi (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and sophomores Nathan Sorensen (Houston, Texas) and Dalton Boatright (Amarillo, Texas). Junior Phil Choy (Basking Ridge, N.J.) has been moved from the men’s foil team to the men’s epee team and will add experience and depth to the squad. The addition of freshmen Chase Houser (Sunnyvale, Calif.) and Adam Walker (Severna Park, Md.) will ensure that the men’s epee team remains one of the best in the country.

SABER:

The women’s saber team

returns two starters: junior Saskia Hicks (Waterloo, Belgium) and sophomore Heather Nelson (Clifton Park, N.Y.). “We expect Heather to have a good season; we want her to qualify for the NCAA Championships and possibly qualify for the U.S. Junior National Team,” said the coaches. Junior Christina Cassabaum (Tucson, Ariz.) and several freshmen women will compete for the third spot on the women’s saber team. The men’s saber team is led by returning starters junior Geoffrey Pamerleau (Annandale, N.J.) and sophomores Scott Pippin (Palm Desert, Calif.) and Robert “Ed” Wood (Dallas, Texas).

The team adds new depth with freshmen Michael Gallagher (Golden, Colo.) and Emerson Woerner (Carmel, Ind.). “It is a young team, but they have shown promise early and we expect them to compete well at national and NCAA tournaments,” said the coaching staff.

FOIL: The men’s foil team is led by seniors Nick Stockdale (Lansdowne, Pa.) and Will Hock (Shreveport, La.). Stockdale was a 2010 NCAA Championships qualifier. Stockdale and Hock are joined by freshmen Dan Cohen (Scarsdale, N.Y.), Yevgeniy Shmurak (Overland Park, Kan.) and Travis Dyson (Weatherford, Texas), who will add depth to the team and make the men’s team very competitive. “We want Nick to qualify again for the NCAA Championships and earn All-America honors. Dan has a great chance to qualify to the NCAA Championships,” said the coaches. “This is a young team, but it has a lot of talent, so we expect great things from them this year,” they added. Women’s foil will continue with sophomore Yannie Horth and add freshman Diana Hock (Shreveport, La.). The women’s foil team is young and will be stocked with new talent from the pool of freshman walk-ons.

Air Force Men’s Fencing Team Top Row - left to right are Ben Rinaldi, Nathan Sorenson, Chade Houser, Yevgeniy Shmurak, Dalton Boatright, Daniel Trapani, Travis Dyson, Ed Wood, Daniel Cohen, Emerson Woerner, Michael Gallagher. Bottom Row - left to right are Scott Pippin, Geoffrey Pamerleau, William Hock, Mister Jackson, Daniel Fang, Adam Walker, Phil Choy.

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THE ACADEMY/MEE ET THE E FAL LCONS S Women’s Roster Fencer

Class Yr

Squad

Hometown

High School

Simone Barrette ** Kaitlyn Bogan ** Christina Cassabaum ^ Ashley Chung Keslie Cooper Rachel Cranfill

2012 2012 2012 2014 2014 2014

03 12 11 15 28 19

Louisville, KY Colfax, WI Tucson, AZ Crystal Lake, IL Granite Bay, CA LaGrange, KY

duPont Manual Colfax High Sabino Prairie Ridge Granite Bay Oldham County

Heather Drephal Saskia Hicks ** Diana Hock Yannie Horth * CJ Jung ^* Heather Nelson * Juli Nokleberg Olivia Prosseda Vianca Torres Tara Zartman

2014 2012 2014 2013 2012 2013 2014 2014 2014 2014

40 18 32 20 04 11 39 30 28 36

Seymour, WI Waterloo, Belgium Shreveport, LA Alameda, CA Waynesville, MO Clifton Park, NY Los Angeles, CA Monument, CO Columbus, OH Charlotte, NC

Seymour Community St. John’s International School Caddo Parish Magnet Alameda Waynesville High Shenendehowa The Webb Schools Lewis-Palmer Columbus North Mecklenburg

Fencer:

Class Yr

Squad

Hometown

High School

Dalton Boatright ^ Phil Choy ** Daniel Cohen Shaun Dyson Daniel Fang *** Michael Gallagher William Hock *** Chase Houser Mister Jackson III ** Geoffrey Pamerleau ** Scott Pippin * Ben Rinaldi ** Yevgeniy Shmurak Nathan Sorensen * Nicholas Stockdale *** Daniel Trapani *** Adam Walker Emerson Woerner Edward Wong *^ Robert Wood

2013 2012 2014 2014 2011 2014 2011 2014 2012 2012 2013 2012 2014 2013 2011 2011 2014 2014 2012 2013

26 23 40 07 09 38 40 13 21 03 24 39 27 36 19 10 21 32 18 36

Amarillo, TX Basking Ridge, NJ Scarsdale, NY Weatherford, TX Duluth, GA Golden, CO Shreveport, LA Sunnyvale, CA Phoenix, AZ Annandale, NJ Palm Desert, CA Pittsburgh, PA Overland Park, KS Houston, TX Lansdowne, PA Houston, TX Severna Park, MD Carmel, IN Singapore Dallas, TX

Randall Ridge Edgemont Weatherford Mt. Pisgah Christian Lakewood Senior Caddo Parish Magnet Homestead North North Hunterdon Palm Desert Pennsylvania Cyber Charter Culver Military Academy Homeschool Homeschool Homeschool Indian Creek Upper School Carmel St. Mary’s Senior St. Mark’s School of Texas

Men’s Roster

Head Coach Abdel Salem Assistant Coaches: Adam Skarbonkiewicz, Timothy French and Tom Strzalkowski Officer Representatives: Captains Marissa Romero and Ebony Cook Team Captains: Simone Barrette and Daniel Trapani * - Varsity Letter won / ^ - Junior Varsity Letters won

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THE ACADEMY/FEN NCIING G TE EAM M CA APTAIN N NCAA All-American (2010) … All-Region (2009, 2010) Ranked Top 8 in the Senior Epee USFA National Point Standings, and a Senior Women’s National Epee Team member/alternate. Barrette had a very strong sophomore year and became the program’s top performing women’s epee fencer – establishing the strongest record in the history of women’s epee fencing at the Academy. After qualifying for the NCAA Fencing Championships by placing second in the Western Regionals, she finished just out of the Top 8 (ninth) at the NCAA Championships.

Simone Barrette Junior - Louisville, Ky. Management - Epee

2009-10: Barrette finished the 2009-10 NCAA season with a dual-meet record of 44-17 (.721) … NCAA Championships (13-10) … Western Regionals (7-1) … Duke Meet (10-2) … Eric Sollee Invitational at Brandeis University (14-4) … Barrette’s career NCAA dual meet record improved to 83-44 (.654) ... she earned USFA/National points in Division I women’s epee NAC events in San Jose (fifth), Virginia Beach (seventh) and Pittsburgh (19th), as well as Junior NAC events in Kansas City (ninth) and Memphis (26th) … gained additional Div. I Senior epee National points by finishing in the Top 32 during the 2010 U.S. Summer Nationals in Atlanta (32nd) … won the Amarillo Open (eighth in Senior mixed) … finished second in the Falcon Open. 2008-09: For her accomplishments during her freshman season, Barrette received the women’s team MVP award ... posted a 39-27 (.590) NCAA dual-meet record … finished 23rd at the NCAA Fencing Championships (4-19) while fencing with a torn meniscus/knee injury … qualified for the 2009 NCAA Fencing Championships with a third-place finish at Western Regionals (7-2) … finished 8-1 at the West Coast Invitational ... finished 20-5 at the Notre Dame Invitational … Barrette earned USFA/National points in Div. I women’s epee NAC in Colorado Springs (26th) and Junior women’s epee NAC in St. Louis (14th) … was the Falcons’ top finisher at three Regional tournaments: Nick Toth Open (first), New Mexico Open (first) and the Falcon Open (third). Academy: 2010 Women’s Team Captain … major is management … member of Cadet Squadron 02 – Deuce … listed on dean’s and commandant’s lists … is an Instructor-Pilot in the Academy’s UAS program … would like to attend graduate school … enjoys art, reading and sewing … parents are Dana J. Barrette and Karen E. Roepken … has one brother, Bryce.

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THE ACADEMY/FEN NCIING G TE EAM M CA APTAIN N All-American (2009) and All-Region (2008, 2009, 2010) Daniel Trapani is one of the program’s top men’s epee fencers with a career dual-meet record of 128-38. A three-time varsity letter winner, he leads as team captain in 2010-11. He has qualified for the NCAAs in 2008, 2009 and 2010, was all-region all three, and earned All-America honors in 2009. 2009-10: In the Senior mixed epee events at both the Nick Toth Open and Amarillo Open he finished in fifth place … NAC C Division I Men’s Epee Tournament (39th) … Falcon Open (second) … in dual meets, he was 16-2 at the Eric Sollee Invitational at Brandeis University … Duke Meet, went undefeated (12-0) … finished fourth at the NCAA Western Regionals (8-3) and qualified for the 2010 NCAA Fencing Championships where he finished 22nd (7-16) … NAC F Men’s Epee Tournament (34th).

Daniel Trapani Senior - Houston, Texas Foreign Area Studies (Russian) - Epee

2008-09: Nick Toth Open (second) … tied for third place at the New Mexico Open … NAC B Juniors (seventh) … West Coast Invitational (8-1) … tied third at the NAC D Juniors … Falcon Open (fifth) … Notre Dame Duels (21-4) … Junior Olympics (fifth) … was third at the Western Regionals (7-2) … NAC Division I tournament (21st). 2007-08: He finished second at the New Mexico Open ... Nick Toth Open (fifth) ... finished eighth out of 204 at the NAC Junior competition ... Western Invitational (13-2) ... Brandeis (11-4) and Duke (14-1) … finished second at the 2008 Western Regionals (11-3) … NCAA Championships (14th) … Summer Nationals (37th). Before Air Force: Was homeschooled ... competed in fencing and was team captain his last two years of high school ... coached by Andrea Geva at Alliance Fencing Academy ... tied for third in men’s epee in the junior division of the NAC-D tournament ... also finished 41st/265 in Division I ... went on to compete in the 2007 Junior Olympics ... finished 17th/228 in epee ... finished 16th/176 NAC-F ... USFA ranking (A07) ... parents are William and Anne Trapani ... has three siblings: Katie, Laura and Nicholas ... member of the National Honor Society and was president and vice president his last two years in high school ... enjoys paint-balling. Academy: Member of Cadet Squadron 10 -- Tiger Ten ... majoring in foreign area studies with a minor in Russian ... would like to become an intelligence officer or join the Air Force Office of Special Investigations.

Trapani

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Kaitlyn Bogan

Christina Cassabaum Ashley Chung

Junior - Colfax, Wis. English - Epee

Junior - Tucson, Ariz. - Mechanical Engineering - Saber

Freshman - Crystal Lake, Ill. Biology - Foil

2009-10: Finished 13th in Senior women’s epee at the Amarillo Open … also finished 49th in the Senior mixed open … was 19th in women’s epee at the Falcon Open and 73rd in the mixed epee competition … competed in Division II women’s epee at the NAC in Des Moines, Iowa … has a 12-19 career dual-meet record.

2009-10: Did not compete. 2008-09: Did not compete. Before Air Force: Also goes by Risti ... attended Sabino High School … member of the junior National Honor Society … Scholars Program at John Brown University … honor roll all semesters of high school, early graduation … parents are William and Mary Cassabaum … siblings are Tyler, Michael and Carri Ann.

Before Air Force: Graduated from Prairie Ridge High School ... lettered in track/cross country twice ... Tae Kwon Do four times ... president of her National Honor Society ... Spanish National Honor Society vice president ... high school honor roll and German National Honor Society ... parents are Hyo Chul and Jung Ok Chung ... has one sister, Sarah ... three relatives graduated from the Academy, David Allen (1999), Charles Allen (2000) and Brian Allen (2002).

2008-09: Went 3-2 at the West Coast Invitational in epee ... placed 16th in both the New Mexico Open and Falcon Open ... finished 10th at Regionals ... 2008 Mountain West Conference Scholar Athlete (English with a 3.51). Before Air Force: Lettered four times in track/ cross country at Colfax High School … cross country team was Team Sectional champions her junior and senior years … state qualifier (junior, senior) … second team all-conference as a senior … state qualifier in track all four years … first team all-conference (4x400) as a sophomore and senior … second team all-conference (400m) as a sophomore, junior and senior … MVP her senior year … National Honor Society … salutatorian … Dunn County Top 10 Percent … parents are Craig and Amy Bogan … has one sister, Emma.

Academy: Majoring in mechanical engineering … squadron leadership roles include: Element Leader, Wing EMT Operations NCO … on the superintendent’s list every semester ... member of Cadet Squadron 11 - Rebeleven.

Academy: Intended major is biology ... would like to become a flight doctor or pilot ... enjoys swimming, running, rock climbing and Tae Kwon do.

Pictured below from L to R: freshmen Juli Nokleberg, Olivia Prosseda, senior Simone Barrette, and freshman Tara Zartman.

Academy: Member of Cadet Squadron 10 … major is English … wants a career as an intelligence officer or be a pilot ... team’s 2010 outstanding academic performer.

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Keslie Cooper

Rachel Cranfill

Heather Drephal

Freshman - Granite Bay, Calif. Major Undecided - Foil

Freshman - LaGrange, Ky. Major Undecided - Foil

Freshman - Seymour, Wis. Major Undecided - Foil

Before Air Force: Parents are Gary and Sherry Cooper … has one sister, Christy … lettered four times in soccer at Granite Bay High School ... Chris Roberts was her coach … was All-League first team 2007 … All-League second team 2008, 2009, 2010 … All-City first team 2009 … earned the Presidential Academic Merit Award 2010 … Academic Merit Award Silver Medal 2009.

Before Air Force: Graduated from Oldham County ... lettered four times in volleyball ... 2007 District MVP, 2008 All-District team, 2007, 2008, 2009 Regional All-Tournament Team … Commonwealth Diploma, Rotary Student, Beta Club ... parents are Chad and Lois Cranfill ... siblings are Natalie and Trey Cranfill.

Academy: Major is undecided … would like to become a doctor … enjoys reading and running … currently a member of Cadet Squadron 28 – Badass Blackbirds.

Academy: Would like to be a pilot ... member of Cadet Squadron 19 - Wolverines.

Before Air Force: A Seymour Community High School graduate … lettered once in soccer, twice in track, three times in volleyball … lettered as freshman in soccer … in track, she was second-team all-conference in the 3,200-meter relay … won the Volleyball Coaches Award her sophomore and senior years … also earned the Leadership Award (junior) … led in assists in the Bay Conference … earned all-area recognition her senior year … honorable mention in the Bay Conference (junior) … first team All-Conference (senior) … National Honor Society … Honor Roll (four years) … Principal’s Leadership Award recipient … parents are Harlan and Chris Drephal … one brother, Dylan … enjoys running, volleyball, snowboarding/skiing, playing the guitar and art.

Personal: “I came to the Academy as a recruited soccer player. That didn’t work out, and I feel blessed that the fencing team was accepting walk-ons. Since joining the team I feel like part of a family again and I have a sport to keep me occupied. That means so much to me, and so I would like to thank the coach for giving us walk-ons a chance.”

Academy: Major is currently undecided … was the Jaguars D Flight squadron flight chief during second basic training … currently in Cadet Squadron 40 – Warhawks.

The women’s foil team is young and will be stocked with new talent from the pool of freshman walk-ons.

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Saskia Hicks

Diana Hock

Yannie Horth

Junior - Waterloo, Belgium English - Saber

Freshman - Shreveport, La. Major Undecided - Foil

Sophomore - Alameda, Calif. Foreign Area Studies (Arabic) - Foil

2009-10: Competed in the Falcon Open … finished sixth in Senior women’s saber … finished 30th in mixed saber … has a career dual meet record of 17-20.

Before Air Force: Graduated from Caddo Magnet ... high school coaches were Andy Shaw and Robert Candiloro ... lettered three times in fencing and three in lacrosse ... was the outstanding freshman fencer ... member of the National Honor Society ... student body president ... parents are Richard and Rickie Hock ... siblings include William, Amanda and Waverly.

2009-10: Competed in the senior women’s foil event at the 2009 Falcon Open and finished 11th.

2008-09: Finished third at the Falcon Open in saber ... finished seventh at the Western Regionals. Before Air Force: Graduated from St. John’s International School in Belgium … National Honor Society … parents are Larry and Lisa Hicks … siblings are a brother, Theo, a sister, Izzy.

Academy: Major is undecided ... member of Cadet Squadron 32 -- Roadrunners.

Before Air Force: Parents are Giles Horth and Sonia Boily ... has two brothers, Gabriel and Samuel ... made the Honor Roll in high school. Academy: Will possibly major in foreign area studies ... is minoring in Arabic ... wants to become a pilot ... member of Cadet Squadron 39.

Academy: Major is English … member of Cadet Squadron 35 - Wild Weasels.

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CJ Jung

Heather Nelson

Juli Nokleberg

Junior - Waynesville, Mo. Management - Foil

Sophomore - Clifton Park, N.Y. Astronautical Engineering - Saber

Freshman - Los Angeles, Calif. Major Undecided - Epee

2009-10: She had three top-10 season finishes … Nick Toth Open Senior women’s foil division (eighth) ... Amarillo Open (third) … Falcon Open Senior women’s foil (eighth).

(All-Region 2010)

Before Air Force: A graduate of The Webb Schools … coach was Geoff Fortune … parents are John and Lisa Nokleberg … enjoys playing piano and baking.

2008-09: Competed in the Falcon Open ... women’s foil (15th) ... mixed foil (41st). Before Air Force: Attended Waynesville High School … also attended the USAFA Prep School … member of the National Honor Society … made honor roll … hobbies include traveling, fishing and camping … parents are Sung Taek Jung and Kyung Suk Choi … has one sister, Rachel. Academy: Major is management … would like a career in finance and make the Air Force her career.

2009-10: Had a 38-22 dual meet season record … in women’s individual saber, she finished 14-4 at the Eric Sollee Invitational at Brandeis University … Duke Meet (9-3) … women’s saber champion at the NCAA Western Regional (7-0) … 2010 NCAA Championships (18th) with an 8-15 bout record … in the top 40 in over half her competitions … Nick Toth Open Senior women’s division champion ... tied for third place in the mixed event … Amarillo Open, finished sixth and 11th … won the Falcon Open Senior event and tied third in mixed saber … tied for third at the NAC B Juniors in Kansas City … Division I at the NAC C (40th) … 2010 Junior Olympics (34th) … finished NAC F (37th) … also competed in the 2010 U.S. Summer National Championships where she finished third out of 73 competitors in the Under-19 category.

Academy: Major is undecided … would like to attend pilot training after graduation … currently in Cadet Squadron 39 – Cool Campus Radicals.

Before Air Force: Parents are Christopher Nelson and Theresa Anderson … siblings are Diana Dyer, Ethan LeSage, Jennifer Nelson and Samuel Anderson … two relatives graduated from the USAFA, Lisa McCormack (1984) and Chris McCormack (1984) … enjoys model rockets and aircraft ... competed in fencing for three years at the cadet national team level, one year on junior national team … National Honor Society … on honor roll. Academy: Major is astronautical engineering … wants a career as a flight engineer for the new space program ... team’s 2010 outstanding academic performer ... in Cadet Squadron 16 – Chickenhawks.

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Olivia Prosseda

Vianca Torres

Tara Zartman

Freshman - Monument, Colo. Management - Epee

Freshman - Columbus, Ga. Major Undecided - Foil

Freshman - Charlotte, N.C. Major Undecided - Foil

Before Air Force: Attended Lewis-Palmer High School ... high school coach was Kathryn Salem ... lettered once in Track/Cross Country … in fencing, placed third in women’s Division II epee at the 2008 United States Fencing Association Summer Nationals ... first place in the 2009 Colorado Cup Point Standings … second place in the Colorado Cup Point Standings in 2010 … class valedictorian … National Honor Society … Outstanding English Student … Outstanding Civics Student ... parents are Phillip and Lanette Prosseda … has one sibling, Bethany Prosseda ... father graduated from the Academy in 1980.

Before Air Force: Graduated from Columbus High School ... attended the USAFA Prep School ... played volleyball for the prep school ... lettered twice ... parents are Luis and Madeline Torres ... siblings are Luis and Angely ... nickname is V.

Before Air Force: Graduated from North Mecklenburg High School … Coach Roberts … lettered three times in soccer … volleyball (three) … JROTC (four) … she was all-conference (junior/senior years) in soccer … All-Mecklenburg (junior/senior) … all-state (senior) … National Honor Society … Kitty Hawk … Honor Roll … enjoys running, writing, soccer and doing community service … parents are Col David R. Zartman and Tracy G. Zartman … has two sisters, Jill and Paige … father, David, graduated from the Academy in 1982 ... another relative, John R. Zartman graduated from West Point (1954).

Academy: Wants to major in management in Cadet Squadron 30 - Knights of Thirty.

Academy: In Cadet Squadron 28 - Badass Blackbirds ... wants to major in behavioral science ... wants to attend pilot training after graduation.

Academy: Major is currently undecided … would like to fly, go into the medical field or teach … currently a member of Cadet Squadron 36 – Proud Pink Panthers. Personal: “I put on the uniform with pride because soldiers who are sacrificing their life wear the same uniform too.”

Air Force Fencing Class of 2014 Top - left to right are Rachel Cranfill, Vianca Torres, Ashley Chung, Heather Drephal, Juli Nokleberg, Olivia Prosseda, Tara Zartman, Kelsie Cooper, Diana Hock. Bottom - left to right are Travis Dyson, Daniel Cohen, Emerson Woerner, Michael Gallagher, Adam Walker, Chase Houser, Yevgeniy Shmurak.

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Dalton Boatright

Daniel Cohen

Phil Choy

Sophomore - Amarillo, Texas Systems Engineering Management - Epee

Freshman - Scarsdale, N.Y. Major Undecided - Foil

Junior - Basking Ridge, N.J. Systems Engineering Management - Epee

2009-10: Competed at the Falcon Open … finished 51st in Senior mixed epee.

Before Air Force: Graduated from Edgemont High School ... high school coach was Slava Grioriev ... was an AP scholar ... spent a year at Duke University ... took sixth place at the 2009 NCAA Championships to earn All-America honors in foil ... enjoys mountain biking ... parents are David and Gloria Cohen ... has one sister, Arielle.

All-Region (2009)

Before Air Force: Parents are Dustin and Andrea Boatright … siblings are Sage, Brewster, Madison and Brooklyn ... lettered in baseball three times … two-year team captain … member of the National Honor Society. Academy: Would like to become a search and rescue helicopter pilot after graduation … major is Systems Engineering Management … other campus visits included the University of Texas, Oklahoma and West Texas A&M … enjoys sports, mountain biking and paintball ... member of Cadet Squadron 38 – All-Stars.

Academy: Intended major is biology or behavioral sciences ... member of Cadet Squadron 40 - Warhawks.

2009-10: Finished the season with a 45-23 career dual meet record … his top season finishes came in the Nick Toth Open senior mixed epee division (13th) … he also tied for third place in Senior mixed foil … at the Amarillo Open, he finished third in mixed epee and second in mixed foil … at the Falcon Open he competed in mixed foil and finished fifth … he also competed in mixed epee (22nd) … Duke Meet (7-5) … NCAA Western Regionals (sixth) with a 4-5 record. 2008-09: Season-high finish was second at the Nick Toth Open ... tied for third place at the New Mexico Open ... Western Regionals (fifth) ... number three on AFA’s Top-10 Individual season winning percentage list with a .723 avg. Before Air Force: Lettered three years in fencing at Ridge High School … all-state third team his junior year … fenced at the Fencing Academy of South Jersey … coached by Andy Ma … holds a USFA “B” rating in both epee and foil … enjoys fencing and snowboarding … parents are David and Lillian Choy … has one brother, Jason, who fences at Notre Dame, and a sister, LeeAnn … also attended the USAFA Prep School. Academy: Member of Cadet Squadron 26 – the Mighty Barons … major is Systems Engineering Management … wants to attend pilot training.

Dalton Boatright

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Daniel Fang

Shaun Travis Dyson

Michael Gallagher

Senior - John’s Creek, Ga. Systems Engineering Management - Foil

Freshman - Weatherford, Texas Mechanical Engineering - Foil

Freshman - Golden, Colo. Major Undecided - Saber

2009-10: At the 2010 NCAA Western Regionals, he finished ninth with a 1-8 record in men’s foil … NAC F Division I tournament (114th) … he has a 21-34 career dual meet record.

Before Air Force: Graduated from Weatherford High School ... coached by Volodymyr Yefimov ... was a Texas Scholar and Board Scholar in high school ... parents are Shaun Travis Dyson, Sr., and Sonja Dyson … one sister, Robyn Sarah … hobbies include playing bass guitar, running and working out.

Before Air Force: Graduated from Lakewood Senior High School ... coached by Nikolay Logatchov ... State champion in men’s saber and mixed saber 2008-2009 … second place finisher at the 2009 Amarillo Open in Texas … International Baccalaureate Program … enjoys flying and playing the violin ... parents are Rodney and Phyllis Gallagher.

2008-09: Season top finish was seventh at the 2008 Nick Toth Open ... placed 25th among 45 in New Mexico Open ... 11th at the Falcon Open ... finished 4-2 at the 2009 Notre Dame Duals ... sophomore dual record (19-18). 2007-08: Varsity letter winner his freshmen season ... top finish came at the Nick Toth Open where he tied for third place ... also finished sixth at the New Mexico Open ... finished 183rd at the NAC Juniors ... Western Invitational (88)... NAC Div. I (188th) ... Brandeis Invitational (7-8) ... finished the season with a 15-16 record.

Academy: Wants to major in mechanical engineering … would like a career as a Combat Rescue Officer and open an engineering firm ... member of Cadet Squadron 7 - Shadow Seven.

Academy: Major is undecided (possibly Physics or History) … would like to attend UAS Pilot Training ... he would like to be a career Reaper Pilot ... in Cadet Squadron 38 - All Mighty All Stars.

Below, Daniel Cohen (left) went 14-1 in his first collegiate tournament, Jan. 8, 2011, at Western Invitational in San Diego.

Before Air Force: Graduated from Mt. Pisgah Christian School ... earned a varsity letter in cross country ... high school coach was Walid Mahran ... USFA B07 rating ... placed first in several local tournaments in fencing ... parents are Ted and Amy Fang ... has two siblings, David, USAFA Class of 2009, and Deborah ... enjoys music, autocross, cars, guitar and fencing. Academy: Major is Systems Engineering Management ... wants to attend pilot training after graduation ... member of Cadet Squadron 9.

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William Hock

Chase Houser

Mister Jackson, III

Senior - Shreveport, La. Systems Engineering (French) - Foil

Freshman - Sunnyvale, Calif. Foreign Area Studies - Epee

Junior - Phoneix, Ariz. Economics - Epee

2009-10: His top finishes came at the 2009 Falcon Open (10th) in Senior mixed foil … Amarillo Open (10th) … Nick Toth Open (23rd).

Before Air Force: Graduated from Homestead High School … high school coach was Alexander Maximovich … he did not fence in school, but did fence at an Academy … team captain for the men’s epee team during junior and senior year of high school … earned Green and White Awards (for outstanding student) in physical education, Chinese 1, and Chinese 2 … hobbies includes playing paintball and fencing … participated in six international competitions for fencing and placed seventh in Cadet Men’s Epee in Bonn, Germany in 2008 ... parents are Mike and Lisa Houser … has one sibling, Reed.

2009-10: At the Nick Toth Open (35th) in Senior mixed epee … Amarillo Open (10th) in mixed epee … NAC A Division II men’s epee tournament (47th) … Division III (19th) … Colorado Division D and Under (first).

2008-09: Finished in the top 40 in his events during the season ... Nick Toth Open (15th) mixed foil ... Nick Toth Open (36th) ... NAC A in Division III (39th) ... finished 20th among 40 in the Falcon Open. 2007-08: Started his freshman year off as the senior mixed foil runner up at the Rocky Mountain Collegiate in October ... Nick Toth Open (22nd) ... NAC Juniors (182nd) ... Western Invitational (3-5) ... competed in the Junior Olympics ... earned a varsity letter.

Academy: Will major in Foreign Area Studies … would like to be an ambassador to the Air Force ... Cadet Squadron 13 – Fighting Bulldawgs.

Before Air Force: Graduated from Caddo Parish Magnet High School ... member of the National Honor Society and honor roll ... earned a varsity letter in fencing ... head coach was Andy Shaw ... parents are Richard and Ulrica Hock ... grandfather graduated from West Point (1955) ... siblings are Amanda, Diana and Waverly ... enjoys snowboarding.

2008-09: Best finishes during the season were 47th in mixed epee at the Falcon Open ... also finished 36th in mixed foil. Before Air Force: Graduated from North High School … coaches were Rolly (Rolando) Arroyo, Dirk Moonen and Amber Nichols … National Honor Society … honor roll … parents are Ronald and Georgia Jackson … has one sister, Precious … enjoys riding roller coasters, singing, dancing, acting and hanging out with friends. Academy: Member of Cadet Squadron 33 … major is economics.

Academy: Would like to become an Air Force pilot ... member of Cadet Squadron 40 -- the Warhawks.

right, Will Hock

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THE ACADEMY/F FEN NCIN NG PRO OFILES S

Geoffrey Pamerleau Scott Pippin

Ben Rinaldi

Junior - Annandale, N.J. Computer Science - Saber

Sophomore - Palm Desert, Calif. Major Undecided - Saber

Junior - Pittsburgh, Pa. Physics - Epee

2009-10: Was the runner-up at the 2009 Nick Toth Open in the Senior mixed saber division … Amarillo Open (fifth) in mixed saber … at the NAC A Division II tournament (30th) … Division III (19th) … he tied for third place at the Falcon Open … NCAA Western Regionals (seventh) with a 4-6 record … career dual meet record (24-24).

2009-10: Tied for third place in the Senior mixed saber events at both the Nick Toth Open and Amarillo Open … NAC A Division II and III tournaments (71st) (27th) respectively … Falcon Open (11th) in mixed saber … competed in his first NCAA Western Regional Championships (11th).

All-Region (2009)

2008-09: Renewed his USFA E rating in at the 2009 Falcon Open ... finished seventh in men’s saber ... was the New Mexico Saber runner-up. Before Air Force: Had four years of fencing experience … two years of track and field (javelin). Academy: Major is computer science ... member of Cadet Squadron 20.

Before Air Force: Parents are Robert and Kathleen Pippin … has two half-sisters, Christa and Diane … earned the Academic Award of Excellence all four years in high school … enjoys water kayaking and mountain biking. Academy: Member of Cadet Squadron 24 – Phantoms.

2009-10: In the 2009 Nick Toth Open, he finished 28th in Senior mixed epee … in the same event at the Amarillo Open (18th) … Falcon Open (eighth) … NAC C Div. I men’s epee tournament (31st) … career dual meet record (28-17). 2008-09: Was the Falcons’ second-place finisher at the Falcon Open in men’s epee … picked up 17 wins at the Notre Dame Duals (17-10) ... earned a varsity letter ... posted a fifth-place finish at Western Regionals (5-4) … competed in the West Coast Invitational, finished 6-3. Before Air Force: Graduated from Pennsylvania Cyber Charter … high school coach was Frank Foley … 2007 Summer Nationals – seventh in Division II Epee … 18th Division IA epee … parents are Philip and Cynthia Rinaldi … has two brothers, Joseph and Sam, his twin, and one sister, Kate. Academy: Member of Cadet Squadron 5, the Wolfpack … major is physics … thinking about going into Special Forces, pilot training or physics research.

Pictured left, the men’s team takes time out for a photo op after the 2010 Duke Meet.

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THE ACADEMY/F FEN NCIN NG PRO OFILES S

Yevgeniy Shmurak

Nathan Sorensen

Freshman - Overland Park, Kan. Mechanical Engineering - Foil

Sophomore - Houston, Texas Major Undecided - Epee

Before Air Force: Graduated from Culver Military Academy … coaches were Gia Kvaratskhelia and Igor Stefan … lettered three times in fencing and once in rugby … was first-team all-state in rugby (2009) … attended the USAFA Prep School … parents are Boris Shmurak and Olga Shmurak … has one sister, Marie.

2009-10: Had a successful freshman season … was the Senior mixed epee runner-up in both the Nick Toth Open and Amarillo Open … tied for third place at the NAC B Juniors Men’s Epee Tournament … competed in the 2010 Junior Olympic Championships and finished 42nd among 208 competitors … finished fifth at the NCAA Western Regional Championships with a 7-4 record.

Academy: Intends on majoring in mechanical engineering … would like to become a pilot and have a future career in combat research or as a rescue pilot … in Cadet Squadron 27 – Fabulous Thunderbirds.

Above, Nathan Sorensen prepares to continue his bout at the 2010 NAC juniors tournament.

Before Air Force: Parents are Shaun and Susan Sorensen … has two brothers, Mark and Stephen ... lettered four times in fencing … in 2006, he took seventh place at the Under-17 men’s epee North American Cup (NAC) in Albuquerque … also finished 26th at the Junior World Cup … earned a gold medal for U-20 men’s team epee at the Summer Nationals … in 2008, earned bronze medal for U-20 men’s team epee Summer Nationals … enjoys reading, debates and swing dancing. Academy: Member of Cadet Squadron 36 – Proud Pink Panthers.

Above, freshman Yevgeniy Shmurak, top row center, won the open junior mixed foil championship at the Amarillo Open, Oct. 2, 2010.

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Pictured right, is Peter French, class of 2010, following his win at the Dec. 3, 2009 North American Cup in Pittsburgh, Pa.

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THE ACADEMY/F FEN NCIN NG PRO OFILES S and he also finished 20th out of 205 competitors in the Under-20 Junior Olympic Championships. Before Air Force: Homeschooled ... coach was Mark Masters ... also finished 31st/137 at the NAC-C Division I tournament in 2006 ... USFA ranking (A09) ... also finished 31st in World Cup in Montreal ... parents are Jef and Roxanne Stockdale ... has five siblings: Jason (USAFA class of 2007), Christina, Alexander, Laura and Simon. Academy: Member of Squadron 19 ... major is system engineering management.

Nick Stockdale

Adam Walker

Senior - Lansdowne, Pa. System Engineering Management Foil

Freshman - Severna Park, Md. Material Science - Epee

All-Region (2008, 2009, 2010) Stockdale has become a team leader and one of the fencing program’s top competitors in men’s foil.

Before Air Force: A graduate of Indian Creek Upper School … his coach was Bin Lu … a member of the National Honor Society … enjoys hunting, fishing, flying model airplanes, camping and spending time in the outdoors ... he is an Eagle Scout … parents are David and Crystal Walker … has one brother, Alec … father, David, graduated in 1989 from the Naval Academy.

2009-10: Won both the senior mixed foil championships in the Nick Toth Open and Amarillo Open … tied for third place at the Falcon Open in senior mixed foil… Eric Sollee Invitational at Brandeis University (15-3) … qualified for the NCAA Championships and earned his third consecutive all-region honors with a secondplace finish at the Western Regionals (8-1) … NCAAs (20th) … in the post-season, he finished 32nd out of 170 foilists in Division I at the NACF, and while he skipped the Summer Nationals to travel abroad, he is still ranked tied for 63rd in the senior USFA points standings… career dual meet record is 100-42 (.704).

Academy: Wants to major in material science … would like to attend pilot training … would like to fly aircraft, specifically those suited to ground support and surveillance … currently in Cadet Squadron 21 – Blackjacks.

2008-09: Earned all-region honors as a sophomore, finishing 5-4 at the West Regional Championships ... won the senior mixed foil championships in the Nick Toth Open, Falcon Open, and New Mexico Open… finished 19th in Division 1A among 100 at the Summer Nationals and finished 17th out of 201 in the Under-20 Junior Olympic Championships. 2007-08: Earned a varsity letter as a freshman ... won the men’s foil title at both the Nick Toth Open and the New Mexico Open ... Western Invitational (13-2) ... earned all-region honors, finishing fifth at the Western Regionals (4-3) ... during the post-season, he competed in the Division I Championships 2008 Summer Nationals, he finished 16th among 94 in Division 1A,

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Phil Choy (right)

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THE ACADEMY/F FEN NCIN NG PRO OFILES S

Emerson Woerner

Robert E. Wood

Robert Edward Wong

Freshman - Carmel, Ind. Major Undecided - Saber

Sophomore - Dallas, Texas Systems Engineering Human Factors - Saber

Junior - Singapore Economics - Saber

Before Air Force: A graduate of Carmel High School … his coach was Val Kizik … National Honor Society, graduated with academic honors, multiple department awards … hobbies include motorsports, video games and music … his nickname is Emmo … parents are Ted Woerner, Jr., and Anne Marie Woerner … has one sister, Grace.

Before Air Force: Graduated from St. Mark’s School of Texas … lettered four times in fencing … rowing four times … was MVP for fencing ... the team captain during his junior and senior years ... was the rowing MVP ... U.S. Youth National Rowing Championships, junior and senior years ... MVP and captain, senior year … in his senior year, he earned the Striving and Achieving Award, Ralph B. Rogers English Award, Outstanding Student in German … parents are Ray and Max Wood … his cousin, Phil Yim, graduated from the USAFA in 2002.

2009-10: Had three top 10 finishes on the season ... finished seventh in Senior mixed saber at the Nick Toth Open ... at the Amarillo Open, he finished in eighth place in mixed saber ... also finished eighth in the same event at the Falcon Open ... at the NAC A Division II and III saber tournaments, he finished 62nd in both events.

Academy: Intended major is undecided … wants to attend pilot training after graduation and become a pilot … currently in Cadet Squadron 32 – Roadrunners.

Academy: Majoring in Systems Engineering Human Factors … would like a career in Acquisitions; Contracting … is his squadron’s Element NCO, takes care of element duties to make sure it’s the best in the wing … on the dean’s and commandant’s lists … enjoys tennis, golf, skiing and long walks on the T-zo … member of squadron 36 – Proud Pink Panthers. Personal: Favorite quote: “I hated every minute of training, but I said, “Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.” –Muhammad Ali.

2008-09: Finished 24th in mixed saber at the Falcon Open ... went 2-6 at the Notre Dame Duals. Before Air Force: Spent time in the Singapore Police Force and the Republic of Singapore Air Force ... parents are Augustine Wong, from Malaysia, and Hillary Wong, from Indonesia ... parents are retired ... has two siblings, Edwin and Marie ... lived between Singapore, where he was born, and Canada. Academy: Major is economics ... member of Cadet Squadron 29 - Black Panthers ... 18th Singaporean cadet at USAFA.

Edward Wong, right

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THE ACADEMY/FE ENCIING G SEA ASO ON REVIEW W The Academy’s fencing team kicked off the season hosting the annual Nick Toth Open in September and the Falcon Open in October 2009. Throughout the season, the fencers competed in North American Cups (NAC) around the country. The Falcons also competed in the Amarillo Open and two NCAA collegiate meets (Brandeis University and Duke University). The Falcons capped off the regular season with the 2010 NCAA West Regional Championships in California and the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Division I Fencing Championships in Boston. Along the way, the Falcons picked up a few individual NAC titles, five fencers qualified at the West Regionals for the NCAA Championships and two fencers earned All-America honors. The men’s team placed 10th in the U.S. Fencing Coaches Association (USFCA) Coaches Poll. One fencer earned the Academy’s prestigious Outstanding Athletic Achievement Award. The Academy’s fencers traveled to Brandeis University to compete against Brandeis, Boston College, Brown University, MIT, NYU and Harvard in January. Nick Stockdale anchored the men’s foil team with a 15-3 record during the tournament, while Trapani led the men’s epee team with a 162 record. Trapani’s two losses came against MIT and Harvard. Two women finished with stellar individual records. In women’s saber, Nelson had a 14-4 record. In women’s epee, Simone Barrette had a 14-4 record against her opponents. The men’s team was successful in posting five wins over Brandeis, Boston College, Brown University, MIT and NYU. The men fell to Harvard, 10-17. The women’s team was unsuccessful in earning any wins, with losses to Brandeis, Boston College, Brown, Harvard, MIT and NYU.

finishing with a 12-0 record and improving his season record to 28-2. Tim French also added to the team’s success by posting a 10-2 record. Choy led the men’s foil team with a 7-5 record and won an important victory against UNC to win the match for the men’s team. In March at the 2010 West Regional Championships, five fencers qualified for the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Fencing Championships. The last time the Falcons had five qualifiers was in 2007. The Academy fencing team put the cap on the program’s most successful season. At the conclusion of the 2010 NCAA Men’s and Women’s Fencing Championships, Air Force took 12th place and French, who was the men’s epee runner-up, earned his third NCAA All-America honor. In the last seven years in the NCAA, 12th place is the highest team finish for the Academy’s fencing program. Barrette finished ninth with a 13-10 record and received All-America honors. Barrette had the school’s highest NCAA individual finish ever for an Air Force woman fencer. It was the first time since 2005 that two woman fencers, Barrette and Nelson, represented the Falcons at the NCAAs. Barrette is currently the second Air Force woman fencer to earn this honor. In saber, Nelson finished in 18th place with an 8-15 record, in her first appearance at the NCAAs. During the finals, French was the No. 11 seed in men’s epee, and advanced through the semifinals to compete in the final bout against Marat Israelian from St. John’s University. Israelian won the bout, 14-10.

Peter French, who was the men’s epee runner-up, earned his third NCAA All-America honor. Trapani finished 22nd with seven victories in men’s epee. In foil, Stockdale finished in 20th place with an 8-15 record. July 4-13, at the U.S. Summer National Championships in Atlanta, Ga., Nelson competed in the Under-19 Women’s Saber event on July 7, placing 3rd out of 73 competitors. Barrette fenced in the Division 1 Women’s Epee competition on July 6, placing 32nd out of 58 competitors. In February 2010, the USFCA Coaches’ Poll standings were released. The Academy’s men’s team claimed the No. 10 spot in the poll. It was the men’s team’s first USFCA national ranking since 2004 (eighth). The men’s fencing team was the first Academy team to earn a top-10 national ranking during the 2009 academic year.

Senior Class of 2010

At the Duke Invite in February, the men’s team finished with a 3-1 record, defeating Duke, Brandeis and UNC and losing only to #1-ranked Penn State. Nelson led the women’s saber team with a 9-3 individual record and Barrette had a 10-2 individual record in women’s epee. Senior Jennifer Nolta finished the day strong, posting a 3-0 record against UNC. The high point of the competition for the Falcons came when the men’s epee team went undefeated and captured the Men’s Epee Cup. Trapani led the way for the Falcons,

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Anthony Lorenzini, Brent Lavey, Jennifer Nolta, Michael O’Connor and Peter French.

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THE ACADEMY/S SEA ASO ON REC CORDS S AFA’s Top Individual Season-High Winning Records (2009-10) Collegiate Duals Pl. Name, Weapon

Date

1. Peter French, Epee

Event

L

1/30/2010

Brandeis

11

7

2/6/2010

Duke

10

2

3/13/2010

Regionals

11

0

3/25/2010

2. Simone Barrette, Epee

W

NCAAs

16

8

48

17

Pct./Pl.

1st 2nd .738

AFA’s Top 10 Individual Career Win Percentage Pl.

Name, Weapon

Pct.

Won

Lost

1.

Peter French, Epee

.810

146

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2.

Daniel Trapani, Epee

.771

128

38

3.

Nick Stockdale, Foil

.704

100

42

4.

Simone Barrette, Epee

.650

83

44

5.

Phil Choy, Foil

.660

45

23

6.

Heather Nelson, Saber

.630

38

22

7.

Ian Hocking, Foil

.625

5

3

8.

Ben Rinaldi, Epee

.622

28

17

1/30/2010

Brandeis

14

4

2/6/2010

Duke

10

2

9.

Michael O’Connor, Saber

.580

93

66

10.

Sam McKinnon, Epee

.571

4

3

3/13/2010

Regionals

7

1

2nd

3/25/2010

NCAAs

13

10

9th

44

17

.721

Bold indicates current fencers

2009-2010 NCAA Results (Air Force) 3. Daniel Trapani, Epee

4. Heather Nelson, Saber

5. Nick Stockdale, Foil

6. Phil Choy, Foil

1/30/2010

Brandeis

16

2

2/6/2010

Duke

12

0

3/13/2010

Regionals

8

3

3/25/2010

NCAAs

7

16

43

21

1/30/2010

Brandeis

14

4

2/6/2010

Duke

9

3

3/13/2010

Regionals

7

0

3/25/2010

NCAAs

Date

School

Men

Women

1/30

Boston College

14-13

11-16

Brandeis

16-11

8-19

4th

Brown

16-11

7-20

22nd

Harvard

10-17

3-24

MIT

19-8

12-15

NYU

16-11

10-17

Brandeis

14-13

9-18

Duke

16-11

7-20

North Carolina

14-13

9-18

Penn State

9-18

2-25

.671

2/6 1st

8

15

18th

38

22

.633

3/13

NCAA Regional @ UC-San Diego

1/30/2010

Brandeis

15

3

3/13/2010

Regionals

8

1

2nd

NCAA West Regional, March 13, 2010, La Jolla, CA Air Force, CalTech, UC-San Diego, Stanford Host Institution: UC-San Diego

3/25/2010

NCAAs

8

15

20th

Air Force Individual Top-Eight Finishers (2010 Region)

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19

.620

2/6/2010

Duke

7

5

3/13/2010

Regionals

4

5

11

10

Women’s Epee

Women’s Foil

2. Simone Barrette

Men’s Epee .523

Women’s Sabre 1. Heather Nelson

Men’s Foil

Men’s Sabre

1. Peter French

2. Nick Stockdale

4. Michael O’Connor

4. Daniel Trapani

6. Phillip Choy

7. G. Pamerleau

5. Nathan Sorensen

NORTH AMERICAN CUP/TOURNAMENTS - INDIVIDUAL TOP-THREE FINISHES 2009-2010 Name, Blade

Event

Date

Pl.

Event

Date

Pl.

Regionals

3/13/2010

2nd

Simone Barrette, Epee

Amarillo

10/4/2009

1st

CJ Jung, Foil

Amarillo

10/3/2009

3rd

Event

Date

Pl.

Event

Date

Pl.

Regionals

3/13/2010

1st

Regionals

3/13/2010

2nd

Heather Nelson, Saber

Nick Toth

9/19/2009

1st

Falcon Open

10/24/2009

1st

NAC Jrs.

11/7/2009

3T

Phil Choy, Foil

Nick Toth

9/20/2009

3T

Amarillo

10/4/2009

2nd

Amarillo

10/3/2009

3rd

G. Pamerleau, Saber

Nick Toth

9/19/2009

2nd

Falcon Open

10/24/2009

3T

Nick Stockdale, Foil

Nick Toth

9/20/2009

1st

Amarillo

10/4/2009

1st

Falcon Open

10/25/2009

3T

Daniel Trapani, Epee

Falcon Open

10/24/2009

2nd

Scott Pippin, Saber

Nick Toth

9/19/2009

3T

Amarillo

10/3/2009

3T

Nathan Sorensen, Epee

Nick Toth

9/19/2009

2nd

Amarillo

10/3/2009

2nd

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THE ACADEMY/FE ENC CING G HIS STORY Y Since 1962, the Academy has qualified 65 members of its fencing program for the Men’s and Women’s NCAA Championships and has sent two teams to participate (1980 and 1992). The 1980 team of Wendell Kubik (foil), Dartanian Warr (epee), Gary Hecker (saber) and Joe McLaughlin (saber) finished 17th. In 1992, the women’s foil team of Denise Chambers, Heidi Gibson, Jennifer Rawlins, Regan Ritchie and Kari Vad finished 12th.

Master Nick Toth 1961-1981 The Academy’s fencing program began in 1955, with the women’s team added in 1977. Master Nick Toth coached the Academy’s teams from 1961-81. The Air Force Academy hosts the annual Nick Toth Memorial Fencing Tournament, in memory of Toth. Born in Hungary, Toth had an illustrious coaching career after his graduation from the Central Sports Institute in Budapest. As a competitor, he won the International Master’s in saber fencing at Innsbruck, Austria, in 1948. Toth was the head coach of the U.S. Olympic Modern Pentathlon team in 1956 at Melbourne. He was the national coach in the Modern Pentathlon World Championships in 1955, ‘57 and ‘58. In addition, Toth was selected as the U.S. National coach at the 1971 World Junior Fencing Championships. In March 1977, he was inducted into the Coaches Hall of Fame. Toth passed away in January 1990. Air Force fencers were undefeated in six of Toth’s 21 seasons and won 15 Western Intercollegiate Conference championships. Eleven of his participants earned All-America honors, including John Swanson who was named three times. The Falcons have finished as high as third (1963) at the NCAA Championships and had 11 top-10 finishes. Women were admitted to the Academy in 1976. Before the NCAA, the women’s teams competed in the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) from 1981-82. In 1981, the women finished 16th in the AIAW and in ‘82 they finished eighth in the national championships. In the AIAW Western Region, they were ranked fourth in 1981 and were the 1982 champions.

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The Academy was the host for the 1997 and 2003 NCAA Men’s and Women’s Fencing Championships and was host to the 2006 NCAA Western Region Championships. In 2007, Air Force qualified five fencers for the NCAAs. In 2007, the NCAA Championship Committee changed the format for Regionals from a team tournament to individual competition. In 2010, the Academy had seven fencers earn all-region honors following their stellar finishes at the 2010 NCAA West Regionals. Five fencers qualified for the 2010 NCAA Division I Fencing Championships. The teams’ past achievements include 21 NCAA All-Americans (33 times), one two-time USA Olympian, 23 men’s Western Region titles and eight women’s regional titles. The women have achieved four consecutive region titles from 2002-05. Student-athletes have been awarded MWC Scholar-Athletes, the 2007-08 MWC Hal Rothman Sportsmanship award, and the NCAA Sportsmanship award, NCAA postgraduate scholarships, and the 2003 NCAA Woman of the Year (Colorado), and one selection as the 2007-08 independent nominee for the NCAA’s 18th annual Woman of the Year award. The nominees represent all three divisions and have excelled in academics, athletics, leadership and community service; an Academy-named scholar-athlete and two outstanding athletic achievement recipients. Former Academy fencer, Seth Kelsey, was the 2003 NCAA men’s epee national champion. Kelsey also participated in the World Class Athlete Program (WCAP) and competed in the 2004 and 2008 Olympics. Cadet-athletes have assumed squadron roles as element leaders, non-commissioned officers, squadron commanders and peer counselors. Cadets also play key roles within the community, performing community service. Over the past 12 years, the team has compiled a 210-153 (.570) cumulative team record under head coach Abdel Salem. The program’s cumulative fencing record is 862424-7 (.660).

Former fencers have gone on to careers in the U.S. Air Force as pilots, commanders and general officers and, after retirement, a former president of U.S. Fencing, while others have returned to the Academy as head coaches, assistant coaches and officer representatives. Several Academy fencers have been accepted into the WCAP. The fencing program has one head coach, Abdel Salem, who has been at the helm of the Academy’s fencing program since 1999. Salem was a 10-year member of the Egyptian National Fencing team and competed in the 1984 Olympics. In 1996, he was named the U.S. Olympic Committee Coach of the Year. Assistant coach Adam Skarbonkiewicz, who is a 2002 Master of Fencing from the Academy of Physical Education in Katowice, Poland, joined the program in 2005. Tom Strzalkowski has been with the Falcons since 2002 as a volunteer coach. Timothy French, assistant coach (foil), joined the Air Force Academy’s fencing program in December 2009 as assistant coach. The Air Force Academy is affiliated with the Mountain West Conference. In fencing, the Academy competes against Western Region opponents UC San Diego, CalTech and Stanford University. Twice a year, the Academy travels to both coasts to compete in NCAA sanctioned meets against Duke, Notre Dame, North Carolina, John’s Hopkins and Army in the east, and UC San Diego, CalTech, Stanford and Northwestern in the west. At the Academy, 2010 marked the 54th season (1956) for the men’s fencing program and the 27th season (1983) for the women’s fencing program. In 2010, the Academy’s men’s fencing team claimed the No. 10 spot in the USFCA Coaches’ Poll standings. It was the Academy fencing team’s first USFCA national ranking since 2004 (eighth). The men’s fencing team was the first Academy team to earn a top-10 national ranking during the 2009-10 academic year. Air Force Longevity Salem’s Overall Record: 1998-present - 210-153 (.587) Toth’s Overall Record: 1960-1981 - 200-35 (.851) Kubik’s Overall Record: 1986-1991 - 87-60-3 (.590)

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THE ACADEMY/S SEA ASO ON REC CORDS S Men’s Team Season Records

2002-03

11

1

0

Abdel Salem

YEAR

W

L

T

COACH

2003-04

10

8

0

Abdel Salem

1956-57

6

5

0

Capt Richard Bowman

2004-05

10

5

0

Abdel Salem

13

2

0

Abdel Salem

1957-58

5

3

0

Capt Richard Bowman

2005-06

1958-59

5

3

0

Lt Col James Jackson

2006-07

5

5

0

Abdel Salem

7

8

0

Abdel Salem

1959-60

8

2

0

Lt Col James Jackson

2007-08

1960-61

6

3

0

Nick Toth

2008-09

9

4

0

Abdel Salem

1961-62

12

0

0

Nick Toth

2009-10

8

2

0

Abdel Salem

1962-63

14

0

0

Nick Toth

1963-64

10

0

0

Nick Toth

1964-65

10

1

0

Nick Toth

1965-66

10

0

0

Nick Toth

1966-67

8

3

0

Nick Toth

YEAR

W

L

T

COACH

1967-68

8

2

0

Nick Toth

1976-77

1

0

0

Nick Toth

1968-69

7

3

0

Nick Toth

1977-78

0

2

0

Nick Toth

1969-70

9

1

0

Nick Toth

1978-79

1

0

0

Nick Toth

1970-71

11

0

0

Nick Toth

1979-80

4

1

0

Nick Toth

1971-72

10

0

0

Nick Toth

1980-81

14

6

0

Capt Todd Chirko

1972-73

9

3

0

Nick Toth

1981-82

10

2

0

Capt Rick Bereit

1973-74

10

3

0

Nick Toth

1982-83

7

8

1

Capt Rick Bereit

1974-75

7

1

0

Nick Toth

1983-84

7

6

1

Capt Thomas Worsdale

1975-76

10

2

0

Nick Toth

1984-85

13

1

0

Maj Thomas Worsdale

1976-77

3

2

0

Nick Toth

1985-86

9

8

0

Capt Wendell Kubik

1977-78

6

0

0

Nick Toth

1986-87

10

3

3

Capt Wendell Kubik

1978-79

6

1

0

Nick Toth

1987-88

9

7

0

Capt Wendell Kubik

1979-80

11

4

0

Nick Toth

1988-89

4

10

0

Capt Wendell Kubik

1980-81

17

1

0

Nick Toth

1989-90

4

12

0

Capt Wendell Kubik

1981-82

11

7

0

Capt Todd Chirko

1990-91

9

11

0

Capt Shawn Bertel

1982-83

10

2

0

Capt Rick Bereit

1991-92

24

4

1

Capt Shawn Bertel

1983-84

10

4

0

Maj Rick Bereit

1992-93

16

12

1

Capt George Chandler

1984-85

16

1

0

Capt Thomas Worsdale

1993-94

11

12

0

Capt George Chandler

1985-86

15

2

0

Capt Thomas Worsdale

1994-95

21

7

0

Capt George Chandler

1986-87

11

7

0

Capt William Lindsay

1995-96

11

10

0

Capt Stewart LeBlanc

1987-88

17

1

0

Capt Wendell Kubik

1996-97

5

10

0

Maj Stewart LeBlanc

1988-89

15

4

0

Capt Wendell Kubik

1997-98

11

9

0

Abdel Salem*

1989-90

12

4

0

Capt Wendell Kubik

1998-99

5

11

0

Abdel Salem

1990-91

7

11

0

Capt Wendell Kubik

1999-00

6

6

0

Abdel Salem

1991-92

15

6

0

Capt Shawn Bertel

2000-01

15

5

0

Abdel Salem

1992-93

24

4

0

Capt Shawn Bertel

2001-02

4

6

0

Abdel Salem

1993-94

23

10

0

Capt George Chandler

2002-03

9

5

0

Abdel Salem

1994-95

17

8

0

Capt George Chandler

2003-04

11

7

0

Abdel Salem

1995-96

21

6

0

Capt George Chandler

2004-05

14

3

0

Abdel Salem

1996-97

15

8

0

Capt Stewart LeBlanc

2005-06

7

8

0

Abdel Salem

1997-98

5

11

0

Maj. Stewart LeBlanc

2006-07

3

7

0

Abdel Salem

1998-99

12

9

0

Abdel Salem

2007-08

5

11

0

Abdel Salem

1999-00

6

8

0

Abdel Salem

2008-09

7

6

0

Abdel Salem

2000-01

16

4

0

Abdel Salem

2009-10

0

9

0

Abdel Salem

2001-02

6

4

0

Abdel Salem

Men’s Overall Record: 575-199-0 (.743)

Women’s Team Season Records

Women’s Overall Record: 287-225-7 (.560)

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THE ACADEMY/FA ALC CONS IN THE NCAA A Air Force NCAA Team Finishes Year/Finish

NCAA Championship History Before 1990, the NCAA held separate fencing championships for men and women. Championships were held for the men from 1941 through 1989 and for the women from 1982 through 1989. New York University and Columbia dominated the men’s side, winning 12 and 11 team titles, respectively. Wayne State (Mich.) was the dominant team on the women’s side before 1990, winning three of nine team titles. Since 1990, the NCAA team champion has been determined by a combination of women’s and men’s scoring.

12th

1990

NT #

1962

11th

1991

12th

1963

3rd

1992

9th*

1964

6th

1993

11th

Year

Champion (Pts.)

Runner-up (Pts.)

Host/Site

1965

5th

1994

12th

1990

Penn State (36)

Columbia-Barnard (35)

Notre Dame

1966

9th

1995

14th*

1967

5th

1996

16th

1991

Penn State (4,700)

Columbia-Barnard (4,200)

Penn State

1968

9th

1997

17th

1992

Notre Dame

12th

1998

18th

Columbia-Barnard (4,150)

Penn State (3,646)

1969 1970

10th

1999

24th

1993

Wayne State (Mich.)

1971

26th

19th

Columbia-Barnard (4,525)

Penn State (4,500)

2000

1972

NT

2001

15th

1994

Notre Dame (4,350)

Penn State (4,075)

Brandeis

1973

16th

2002

15th*

1995

Penn State (440)

St. John’s (N.Y.) (413)

Notre Dame

1974

7th

2003

9th*

1975

DNQ

2004

15th (Tie)*

1996

Penn State (1,500)

Notre Dame (1,190)

Yale

1976

38th

2005

15th*

1997

Penn State (1,530)

Notre Dame (1.470)

Air Force

1977

40th

2006

15th*

1998

Penn State (149)

Notre Dame (147)

Notre Dame

1978

NT

2007

16th*

1999

Penn State (171)

Notre Dame (139)

Brandeis

1979

NT

2008

21st*

1980

17th

2009

16th*

2000

Penn State (175)

Notre Dame (171)

Stanford

1981

42nd

2010

12th*

2001

St. John’s (180)

Penn State (172)

Wis.-Parkside

1982

18th

2002

Penn State (195)

St. John’s (190)

Drew University

1983

6th

1984

20th

2003

Notre Dame (182)

Penn State (179)

Air Force

1985

19th

2004

Ohio State (194)

Penn State (160)

Brandeis

1986

16th

1987

17th

2005

Notre Dame (173)

Ohio State (171)

Rice University

1988

10th

2006

Harvard Univ. (165)

Penn State (159)

Rice University

1989

31st

2007

Penn State (194)

St. John’s (176)

Drew University

2008

Ohio State (185)

Notre Dame (176)

Ohio State

2009

Penn State (195)

Notre Dame (182)

Penn State

2010

Penn State (191)

St. John’s (182)

Harvard University

1961

* Combined men and women’s team finish # First Men & Women’s Fencing Championships with combined men’s and women’s team title NT - No Team

Women in AIAW National Championships 1981 AIAW National Championships, 16th 1982 AIAW National Championships, 8th (Air Force women began competing in the NCAA in 1983)

AFA women before NCAA Western Region competition 1981 - AIAW Western Region Championships (4th) 1982 - AIAW Western Region Championships (champions) AIAW - Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women

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THE ACADEMY/IIN THE E NCA AA/REGION N Men’s and Women’s NCAA Championships Individual Qualifiers (70) & Teams (2) 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1974 1977 1978

1979 1980

1981 1982 1983

1984 1985 1986 1987 1988

1989 1990 1991 1992 1992

1994 1995

1996

1997 1998

Gary Forrest (epee) Warren Manchess (epee) John Skoro (saber) Jock Patterson (2nd, epee) Jock Patterson (6th, epee) Charles Ryerson (saber) John Swanson (6th, saber) John Swanson (saber) Donald Motz (foil) John Swanson (saber) Rich Jacques (epee) John Williams (40th, foil) Rory Childress (26th, epee) Wendall Kubik (foil) Steve Weart (saber) Jeff Hass (epee) Wendall Kubik (foil) Gary Hecker (saber) Men’s Team (17th) Wendell Kubik (10th, foil) Dartanian Warr (epee) Gary Hecker (saber) Wendall Kubik (28th, foil) Norm Rennspies (14th, saber) Rich Stephenson (6th, foil) Norm Rennspies (9th, saber) Bill Spacy (11th, epee) Stu LeBlanc (14th, epee) Carolyn Moore (23rd, foil) Sally Anschuetz (24th, foil) Scott Shinberg (16th, epee) Scott Shinberg (11th, epee) Rosemary King (24th, foil) Scott Shinberg (9th, epee) Todd Hensley (20th, foil) Thomas Guerra (foil) Scott Shinberg (29th, epee) Francois Desamours (30th, epee) F. Desamours (9th, epee) F. Desamours (10th, epee) F. Desamours (10th, epee) Women’s Foil Team (12th) Denise Chambers, Heidi Gibson, Jennifer Rawlins, Regan Ritchie, Kari Vad Ben Maitre (10th, epee) Tim Cullen (11th, epee) Ben Maitre (5th, epee) Kim Chalaire (25th, foil) Tanya Hurwitz (31st, foil) Rachel Beacham (26th, epee) Kim Chalaire (22nd, foil) Heidi Triggs (23rd, epee) Chris Dougherty (13th, saber) Garrett Gulish (15th, saber) Garrett Povar (15th, epee) Zoe Hawes (20th, foil) Zoe Hawes (18th, foil)

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1999 2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008 2009

2010

Ryan Moon (20th, epee) James Steiner (15th, saber) Heidi Triggs (24th, epee) Jamie Rasmussen (24th, saber) Elia Burrill (19th, epee) Seth Kelsey (9th, epee) Chris Jones (20th, foil) Jared Parks (23rd, saber) Seth Kelsey (6th, epee) Wil Gettys (23rd,epee) Elia Burrill (14th, epee) Jamie Rasmussen (21st, saber) Seth Kelsey (3rd, epee) Elia Burrill (16th, epee) Andrea Rix (23rd, saber) Ryan Dunn (14th, foil) Seth Kelsey (1st, epee) Tim French (8th, epee) Elia Burrill (18th, epee) Caitlin Harris (21st, epee) Andrea Rix (15th, saber) Marisa Romero (23rd, saber) Jason Stockdale (11th, epee) Marisa Romero (24th, saber) Apphia Taylor (22nd, epee) Sam Bartron (23rd, saber) Tim French (16th, epee) Marisa Romero (23rd, saber) Tim French (14th, epee) Jason Stockdale (13th, epee) Eliza Enyart (18th, epee) Eliza Enyart (11th, epee) Jason Stockdale (8th, epee) CJ Baran (23rd, saber) Jackson Ranes (14th, epee) Nathan Smith (DNC, foil) Eliza Enyart (19th, epee) Peter French (14th epee) Nathan Smith (21st, foil) Michael O’Connor (24th, saber) Jason Stockdale (DNC, epee) Peter French (6th, epee) Daniel Trapani (14th, epee) Daniel Trapani (5th, epee) Peter French (7th, epee) Simone Barrette (23rd, epee) Simone Barrette (9th, epee) Peter French (2nd, epee) Heather Nelson (18th, saber) Daniel Trapani (22nd, epee) Nick Stockdale (20th, foil)

DNC = in 2007, Sr. Jason Stockdale qualified for the NCAAs, but due to an illness he could not compete; 2006, Nathan Smith could not compete due to military commitment. Some individual finishes were not available. Repeat performers are counted once.

NCAA West Region Championships Men’s Finishes

Men’s Finishes

Year

Place

Year

Placed

1956

First

1998

Second

1957

Second

1999

Second

1958

Third

2000

Second

1960

First

2001

Second

1961

First

2002

First

1962

First

2003

First

1963

First

2004

Second

1964

Second

2005

Second

1965

First

2006

Second

1966

First

2007

NTS

1967

First

2008

NTS

1968

First

2009

NTS

1969

First

2010

NTS

1970

First

1971

First

Women’s Finishes

1972

First

Year

Place

1973

First

1983

Fifth

1974

Second

1985

First

1975

Second

1986

Fourth

1976

First

1987

Third

1977

Third

1988

Fifth

1978

Second

1989

Second

1979

Second

1990

Fourth

1980

First

1991

Fourth

1981

Fourth

1992

First

1982

Second

1995

First

1983

First

1996

Second

1984

Second

1997

First

1985

Second

1998

Second

1986

Second

1999

Second

1987

First

2000

Second

1988

First

2001

Second

1989

Second

2002

First

1990

Fourth

2003

First

1991

Third

2004

First

1992

Second

2005

First

1993

Second

2006

Second

1993

First

2007

NTS

1995

Second

2008

NTS

1996

Second

2009

NTS

1997

Second

2010

NTS

In 2007, the NCAA Championship Committee changed the format for Regionals from team tournament to individual competition.

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THE ACADEMY RECORDS/A ALL L-AM MER RICANS S

Warren Manchess 1963 Epee

Jock Patterson 1964, 1965 Epee

Charles Ryerson 1965 Saber

Donald Motz 1967 Foil

Rich Jacques 1974 Epee

Norm Rennspies 1983 Saber

Rich Stephenson 1983 Foil

Scott Shinberg 1988 Epee

Francois Desamours 1990, 1991, 1992 Epee

Ben Maitre 1994, 1995 Epee

Seth Kelsey 2000, 2001, 2002 2003 National Champion Epee

Tim French 2003 Epee

Jason Stockdale 2004, 2006 Epee

Eliza Enyart 2006 Women’s Epee

Peter French 2008, 2009, 2010 Epee

Daniel Trapani 2009 Epee

Simone Barrette 2010 Women’s Epee

Photo Unavailable: Gary Forrest 1962 Epee John Skoro 1963 Saber John Swanson 1966, 1967, 1968 Saber Tim Cullen 1994 Epee

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At the conclusion of the 2010 NCAA Men’s and Women’s Fencing Championships at Harvard University, Air Force took 12th place. Both Peter French (epee) and Simone Barrette (epee) earned All-America honors.

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THE ACADEMY RECORDS/HO ONORS S Athletic Honors

Academic Excellence

NCAA CHAMPIONS

Academic All-American Tim Cullen, 1994 GTE

Seth Kelsey, epee, 2003 OLYMPIANS Seth Kelsey, epee, 2004, 2008

NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Winner 1994, Tim Cullen 2003, Elia Burrill 2010, Michael O’Connor

ALL-AMERICANS Gary Forrest, epee,1962 Warren Manchess, epee, 1963 John Skoro, saber, 1963 Jock Patterson, epee,1964, 1965

NCAA Sportsmanship Award Winner 2008, Peter French Scholar Athlete 2003, Elia Burrill

Charles Ryerson, saber, 1965 John Swanson, saber, 1966, 1967,1968 Donald Motz, foil, 1967 Rich Jacques, epee, 1974 Rich Stephenson, foil, 1983 Norm Rennspies, saber, 1983 Scott Shinberg, epee, 1988

Academy Athletic Award Winners: Athletic Excellence 1968, John Swanson Outstanding Athletic Achievement 2003, Seth Kelsey 2008, 2010 Peter French

Francois Desamours, epee, 1990, 1991, 1992 Tim Cullen, epee, 1994 Ben Maitre, epee, 1994, 1995

NCAA Woman of the Year (Colorado) 2003, Elia Burrill 2007-08, Elizabeth Enyart (Independent)

Seth Kelsey, epee, 2000 HM, 2001, 2002, 2003 Tim French, epee, 2003 Jason Stockdale, epee, 2004 HM, 2006

MWC Hal Rothman Sportsmanship Award 2007-08, Peter French

Peter French, epee, 2008, 2009, 2010 Daniel Trapani, epee, 2009 Eliza Enyart, epee, 2006 HM Simone Barrette, epee 2010 ALL-REGION (WEST) Collette Bannister, 2008, 2009 Phil Choy, 2009, 2010 Eliza Enyart, 2007, 2008 Peter French, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 Michael O’Connor, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 Angelica Plazas, 2008 Myramn Ruth, 2008 Nick Stockdale, 2008, 2009, 2010 Brynn Thoreson, 2008 Daniel Trapani, 2008, 2009, 2010 Heather Nelson, 2010 Simone Barrette, 2010 Nathan Sorensoen, 2010 Geoffrey Pamerleau, 2010

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MWC Scholar Athlete (by academic year) 2002, Elia Burrill 2002, Marisa Romero 2002, Christopher Jones 2002, 2003, Alison Freiman 2003, Ashley Roell 2005, 2006, Christopher Baran 2005, Adam Schenk 2003, 2005, Sam Bartron 2002, 2003, Edemumo Oboho 2005, Katherine Gulczynski 2005, 2006 Kara Thoreson 2005, 2006 Frederick Meyer 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010 Michael O’Connor 2006, 2007, 2009 Ainsley Allen 2006, Lydia Bigelow 2007, Curtis Christensen 2007, Julie Luce 2009, Kaitlyn Bogan 2009, Catherine Kiyota 2009, Michelle Kiyota 2010, Megan Brandt 2010, Heather Nelson

Most Valuable Male Fencer Award Year 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010

Name John Swanson, Saber John Swanson, Saber Cliff Crutchfield, Epee Robert Webb, Saber Robert Webb, Saber Joe Kubala, Foil Bob Berg, Epee Kirby Knox, Foil Dennis Vollink, Saber Russell Newland, Foil Mark Whalen, Saber Bob Platenberg, Foil Rich Treadway, Foil Steve Wheelers, Foil Wendell Kubik, Foil Wendell Kubik, Foil Norm Rennspies, Saber Rich Stephenson, Foil Stewart LeBlanc, Epee Ervin Sheets, Foil George Chandler, Epee Robert Madril, Foil Thomas Guerra, Foil Scott Shinberg, Epee Francois Desamours, Epee Michael Smith, Saber Francois Desamours, Epee Garret Povar, Epee Ben Maitre, Epee Ben Maitre, Epee Chris Dougherty, Saber James Steiner, Saber James Steiner, Saber Ryan Moon, Epee Sean Blas, Saber Seth Kelsey, Epee Seth Kelsey, Epee Seth Kelsey, Epee Sean Blas, Saber Edemumo Oboho, Saber Jackson Ranes, Epee Nathan Smith, Foil Peter French, Epee Daniel Trapani, Epee Michael O’Connor, Saber

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THE ACADEMY RECORDS/HO ONORS S Women’s Team Captains

Most Valuable Female Fencer Award Year 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010

Name Ellen O’Sullivan, Foil Ellen O’Sullivan, Foil Ellen O’Sullivan, Foil Ann Conroy, Foil Nancy Galley, Foil Sally Anschuetz, Foil Chrissy Dickerson, Foil Sueling Cho, Foil Rosemary King, Foil Sonia Falk, Foil Heidi Gibson, Foil Heidi Gibson, Foil Heidi Gibson, Foil Heidi Gibson, Foil Kim Chalaire, Foil Tanya Hurwitz, Foil Kim Chalaire, Foil Zoe Hawes, Foil Zoe Hawes, Foil Heidi Triggs, Epee Laura Powell, Epee Elia Burrill, Epee Elia Burrill, Epee Elia Burrill, Epee Apphia Taylor, Epee Marisa Romero, Saber Eliza Enyart, Epee Lydia Bigelow, Epee Collette Bannister, Foil Simone Barrette, Epee Jennifer Nolta, Epee

Year 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011

Pictured, senior Jennifer Nolta received the Falcons’ Most Valuable Female Fencer Award, presented by Assistant coach Timothy French.

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Captain None Sandra Waples Lisa Kirkus Ellen O’Sullivan Ellen O’Sullivan Ellen O’Sullivan Justine Dishart Ann Conroy Chrissy Dickerson Chrissy Dickerson Sueling Cho Rosemary King Sonia Falk Andrea Long Andrea Long Jennifer Rawlins Heidi Gibson Lisa Purul Lisa Purul Kim Chalaire Zoe Hawes Zoe Hawes Heidi Triggs Laura Powell Kristin Wenner Elia Burrill Elia Burrill Apphia Taylor Marisa Romero/Ebony Cook Elizabeth Jaszczak Lydia Bigelow Collette Bannister Angelica Plazas Jennifer Nolta Simone Barrette

Senior Michael O’Connor was the recipient of the Falcons’ Most Valuable Male Fencer Award.

Men’s Team Captains Year 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011

Captain Michael Lipscomb Art Elser Art Elser Art Elser Robert Davis John Wolcott Keith Keppen John Skoro Joe Prenez Jock Patterson Donald Hausman Roy Jared Dan Ahern Cliff Crutchfield Moses Herrera Dick Gray Bill Walker Ed Haegele Billy Dillard Karl Gabrys Mark Whalen Bob Platenberg Eugene Bowman Steve Weart Gary Hecker Wendell Kubik Steve Jarvis Norm Rennspies/Rich Stephenson Stewart LeBlanc Ervin Scheets Darren Neal Robert Madril Tom Guerra Scott Shinberg Matt Skeen Michael Smith/John Cooper/ Mike Beck John Glass Kevin Moffatt Greg Nowak Ben Maitre Scott Hartman Garrett Povar James Steiner Ryan Moon Robert Bremmer Wilbert Gettys Eric Lathrop Sean Recame/Anthony Pryor Curtis Marshall/Sean Blas Edemumo “Pappy” Oboho Sam Bartron/Jackson Ranes Nathan Smith Brent Watson Peter French/Michael O’Connor Peter French/Michael O’Connor Daniel Trapani

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