COLUMBUS, Ohio - The University of California San Diego fencing team opened the new year taking on some of the nation's best at the North American Cup, hosted by Ohio State University Friday through Monday.
The UC San Diego women won bronze in the Senior Team Epee event, placing third of eight teams. On the squad for the Tritons were sophomore Katie Hallsten, freshman Amelia Harrison and freshman Taly Yukelson.
Yukelson also collected the best individual finish for the women, tying for 36th in a field of 162 fencers in Division I Epee.
Sophomore Lillian Chu was 65th of 143 in Junior Saber and Harrison was 78th of 145 in Junior Epee.
On the men's side, junior David Hadler posted a top-20 finish, placing 19th of 237 competitors in Division I Foil. Sophomore Thejas Gulati was 21st of 177 in Division I Saber and senior Paul Datta was UCSD's top finisher in Division I Epee, taking 53rd in a large field of 311.
In Junior Division events, freshman Dillon Cooke finished 22nd of 206 in foil. Classmate Alexandre Leonelli took 53rd of 180 in Junior Saber and sophomore Scott Phillips was 57th of 226 in Junior Epee.
Other top programs represented in Columbus included Columbia, Cornell, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn, Penn State, Princeton and St. John's.
UC San Diego is next in action on Jan. 15 at the West Invitational in Pasadena.
Division I Epee (162 competitors)
T-36. Taly Yukelson
122. Amelia Harrison
134. Katie Hallsten
Division I Foil (166 competitors)
T-149. Caitlyn Callaghan
Division I Saber (137 competitors)
106. Lillian Chu
Junior Foil (147 competitors)
T-139. Caitlyn Callaghan
Junior Saber (143 competitors)
65. Lillian Chu