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David Hadler is competing at the NCAA Championships for the fourth time.

Hadler Ninth, Kravitz 16th After First Day of Men's Action at NCAA Championships


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Following the first day of men's competition at the 2018 National Collegiate Fencing Championships Saturday at Penn State, the University of California San Diego's David Hadler is in ninth place, while Zach Kravitz is 16th.

A senior foilist, Hadler went 8-7 over 15 bouts Saturday. He had 58 touches scored and 57 touches against, good for a +1 indicator through three rounds.

Hadler's victories came against NYU's Philip Shin (5-2), Harvard's Geoffrey Tourette (5-3), Penn State's Sebastiano Bicego (5-3), Duke's Eoin Gronningsater (5-3), St. John's' Andras Nemeth (5-2), Yale's Cameron Allen (5-2), Columbia's Sidarth Kumbla (5-3), and Brian Swicegood (5-4) of Air Force.

Notre Dame's Nick Itkin is leading the 24-fencer foil field after going 12-3 with a +37 indicator. Columbia owns the next two spots in Sam Moelis (12-3, +24) and Kumbla (11-4, +17).

It is Hadler's fourth-straight appearance at nationals. In 2017, he earned a career-best 10th-place finish. He was 14th as a freshman and 20th as a sophomore.

Kravitz, a freshman epeeist, had six victories and nine defeats Saturday. He scored 49 touches with 66 against for a -17 indicator.

Kravitz logged wins against Penn State's Anton Piskovatskov (5-4), Sacramento State's Dante Centeno (5-4), NYU's Ian Sanders (5-4), Columbia's Gabe Canaux (5-3), Incarnate Word's Alexander Sless (5-2), and Notre Dame's Ariel Simmons (5-4).

Isaac Shelanski from Yale is atop the epee standings with his 12-3 record and +29 indicator. Notre Dame's Nicholas Hanahan (11-4, +26) is second and Stanford's Sean Strong (11-4, +14) is third.

As a team, UC San Diego is 14th of 27 squads. Collectively, the Tritons have 34 points and a -97 indicator. Notre Dame, the 2017 team champion, remains in first with 157 points and a +298 indicator. Columbia (140, +157) is second and Ohio State (122, +39) is third.

UCSD had three women competing on Thursday and Friday. Epeeists Emma Zmurk and Emily Beihold finished 17th and 20th respectively, while foilist Konami Masui was 24th. All three are freshmen.

The five NCAA Championships qualifiers are the most for UC San Diego since the same number of Tritons were selected in 2009.

At the National Collegiate Championships, fencers compete in a round-robin format of five-touch bouts. After the round-robin, the top-four finishers in each weapon fence in semifinal 15-touch bouts, with the winners facing off to determine first and second places, and the non-advancing fencers being awarded a tie for third place. An institution’s place finish in the championships will be based on points earned by each individual. A team will be awarded one point for each victory by its student-athletes for the duration of the championships.

The UCSD men and women are receiving votes in the most recent national poll.

The NCAA Championships wrap up Sunday with the conclusion of the men's events. The fourth and fifth rounds begin at 6 a.m. PT and will be followed by the semifinal and championship bouts.

For full information about the event as well as live scoring, visit TOURNAMENT CENTRAL.


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