Tritons Turn In Strong Performances at Northwestern Duals
EVANSTON, Ill. - The University of California San Diego fencing team delivered strong results against some of the nation's top programs at the Northwestern Duals Saturday and Sunday at Northwestern University in Illinois.
The UC San Diego men recorded a 5-5 record, claiming victories over Cleveland State, Lawrence, Wayne State, Detroit Mercy, and rival North Carolina, inching out a 14-13 win.
The men's foil squad posted an impressive 9-1 record, beating top-10 ranked teams No. 1 Notre Dame, No. 5 Princeton, No. 7 Ohio State, and No. 10 Duke. Senior foilist Brian Howard went 14-4 and sophomore squad mate Aidan Chu went 14-6, collecting wins against Penn's All-American Michael Li and Duke's All-American Eoin Gronningsater.
The Triton women performed similarly to the men, going 6-6 over the two-day tournament. They garnered wins over Cleveland State, Lawrence, Fairleigh Dickinson, Wayne State, Detroit Mercy, and No. 5 Princeton, clinching a close 14-13 victory.
The women's epee squad finished the competition with a 9-3 record, beating four top-10 teams including No. 1 Notre Dame, No. 5 Ohio State, No. 8 Duke, and No. 9 Penn.
Notable wins for the women came from sophomore epeeist Emma Zmurk, who bested Princeton's All-American Tatijana Stewart, junior epeeist Amelia Harrison, who outscored Notre Dame's All-American Amanda Sirico, and sophomore sabreuse Miya Coimbra, who beat Princeton's Chloe Fox-Gitomer, the current No. 10 Junior in the world.
Zmurk had the best record for the women, going 13-6 overall.
“This weekend we demonstrated that we can compete against the best teams in the nation and do well. This is proof that we can grow into a leading program as UC San Diego transitions into Division I," commented head coach Juan Ignacio Calderon. "We are now in a great position to do well at the West Regional.”
UC San Diego next competes in the NCAA West Regional, hosted by the Tritons at RIMAC Arena on Sunday, March 10. The event will serve as a qualifier to the NCAA Championships at Cleveland State University from March 21 to March 24. Last year, UC San Diego qualified five fencers for nationals, the team's most since 2008.
Saturday, February 2
No. 1 Notre Dame 15, UC San Diego 12 (E: 4-5, F: 4-5, S: 7-2)
UC San Diego 23, Lawrence 4 (E: 6-3, F: 8-1, S: 9-0)
No. 7 Ohio State 18, UC San Diego 9 (E: 8-1, F: 4-5, S: 6-3)
No. 9 Penn 15, UC San Diego 12 (E: 5-4, F: 6-3, S: 4-5)
UC San Diego 21, Wayne State 6 (E: 5-4, F: 8-1, S: 8-1)
Sunday, February 3
No. 5 Princeton 14, UC San Diego 13 (E: 6-3, F: 4-5, S: 4-5)
UC San Diego 14, North Carolina 13 (E: 5-4, F: 5-4, S: 4-5)
UC San Diego 22, Detroit Mercy 5 (E: 8-1, F: 9-0, S: 5-4)
UC San Diego 20, Cleveland State 7 (E: 5-4, F: 6-3, S: 9-0)
No. 10 Duke 15, UC San Diego 12 (E: 6-3, F: 4-5, S: 5-4)
Saturday, February 2
No. 1 Notre Dame 19, UC San Diego 8 (E: 3-6, F: 9-0, S: 7-2)
North Carolina 16, UC San Diego 11 (E: 4-5, F: 8-1, S: 4-5)
No. 5 Ohio State 19, UC San Diego 8 (E: 3-6, F: 9-0, S: 7-2)
No. 9 Penn 15, UC San Diego 12 (E: 2-7, F: 8-1, S: 5-4)
No. 10 Temple 17, UC San Diego 10 (E: 6-3, F: 7-2, S: 4-5)
UC San Diego 15, Wayne State 12 (E: 7-2, F: 3-6, S: 5-4)
Sunday, February 3
UC San Diego 14, No. 5 Princeton 13 (E: 2-7, F: 7-2, S: 5-4)
UC San Diego 22, Fairleigh Dickinson 5 (E: 4-5, F: 9-0, S: 9-0)
UC San Diego 23, Cleveland State 4 (E: 7-2, F: 7-2, S: 9-0)
UC San Diego 27, Detroit Mercy 0 (E: 9-0, F: 9-0, S: 9-0)
UC San Diego 19, Lawrence 8 (E: 6-3, F: 9-0, S: 4-5)
No. 8 Duke 17, UC San Diego 10 (E: 4-5, F: 6-3, S: 7-2)
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