Air Force fencing ranks 16th at NCAA championships
Air Force fencing finished in 16th place at the 2022 NCAA Fencing Championships, held March 24-27 at the Castellan Family Fencing Center on the Notre Dame campus in South Bend, Ind. Host Notre Dame won the Tag Team Championship.
Senior Nestor Levin and second Josie Ratzlaff both placed 13th in their respective guns, finishing only one place outside of achieving All-American status. Junior Matthew Han finished 17th in men’s epee. The trio combined for 32 bout wins.
Levin, who qualified for the NCAA’s four years with the Air Force, finished 13th in men’s foil. He posted 11 fight victories.
Ratzlaff, making her second NCAA appearance, finished 13th in women’s epee. She won 11 fights.
Han, who qualified for the NCAA for the third time, finished 17th in men’s epee. He won 10 fights.
“It was great to participate with our three fencers in the Championships”, said the head coach Omar Elgeziry noted. “I’m sad to see Nestor and Jocelyn fall short of the All-American designation by one position, but they’ve gained tremendous experience from this tough event that will only make them stronger. Finishing 16th in the nation is a great result with only three fencers in the tournament I’m proud of our cadets who fought hard and showed courage in every game Come on Falcons.