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Junior Ziad Khayat

Tritons Post Outstanding Results at North American Cup

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KANSAS CITY - The University of California San Diego fencing team turned in several outstanding performances at the ultra-competitive North American Cup, which took place Oct. 18-21 at the Kansas City Convention Center.

The Tritons were competing against top collegiate and club fencers, including many battling for important Olympic qualification points.

"This was the strongest North American Cup in years as all of the top fencers showed up across the six weapons due to the Olympic qualification requirements," said UC San Diego head coach Juan Ignacio Calderon. "We had a strong showing, placing at least one Triton in the top 64 in five out of the six Division I categories. I am really pleased with the balanced performance, which is going to be important in achieving our goals when the NCAA season starts in January."  

Seeded 134th coming in, Ziad Khayat finished an impressive 14th in the 256-competitor Division I Men’s Epee event.

Khayat went 9-3 overall in pool action. Following a bye in the first round of direct elimination bouts, the junior bested Ryan Lee, the bronze medal winner at the October World Cup in Budapest, by a score of 15-11 in the Round of 128. Khayat moved on to defeat Timmy Frank of Brown University, 15-12, in the Round of 64 and then took down Hector Maisonet-Guzman of IFAO Dallas, 15-13, in the Round of 32. In the Round of 16, Khayat faced U.S. National Team member Yeisser Ramirez and fell by a score of 15-6. Ramirez went on to win the gold medal.

"Ziad, who is an NCAA All-American, keeps getting stronger and stronger every season since he joined the team,"said Calderon.

Another phenomenal finish came from Emily Beihold, who placed 37th of 185 in the Division I Women’s Epee event. The junior won pool bouts against World Cup medalists Kasia Nixon and Claire Beddingfield.

Other top-64 finishes came from freshman Shawn Kim (53rd in Division I Men's Saber), sophomore Benjamin Hadler (62nd in Division I Men's Foil), and sophomore Julia Hill (62nd in Division I Women's Saber). 

Also of note, junior Konami Masui placed an outstanding ninth of 100 in Division II Women's Foil and senior Amelia Harrison, who finished 70th in Division I Women's Epee, earned an impressive victory over Greta Candreva, the No. 2-ranked Junior in the United States, in a pool bout.

UC San Diego concludes its early season slate by hosting the annual BladeRunner tournament, Nov. 23-24, at RIMAC Arena.

Division I Men's Epee (256 competitors)
1. Yeisser Ramirez, Peter Westbrook Foundation
2. Soren Thompson, New York Athletic Club
T3. Benjamin Bratton, Peter Westbrook Foundation
T3. Dwight Smith, Peter Westbrook Foundation
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14. Ziad Khayat, UC San Diego
133. Vedran Markota, UC San Diego
T143. Brandon Chien, UC San Diego

Division I Men's Foil (263 competitors)
1. Nick Itkin, LA International Fencing
2. Miles Chamley-Watson, Fencers Club Inc.
T3. Alex Massialas, Massialas Foundation
T3. Adam Mathieu, Fencers Club Inc.
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62. Benjamin Hadler, UC San Diego
74. Rishi Ranadive, UC San Diego
T114. Aidan Chu, UC San Diego
T158. Nathan Jeon, UC San Diego

Division I Men's Saber (173 competitors)
1. Ziad Elsissy, Tim Morehouse Fencing Club
2. Daryl Homer, Peter Westbrook Foundation
T3. Grant Williams, Durkan Fencing Academy
T3. Andrew Mackiewicz, Zeta Fencing
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53. Shawn Kim, UC San Diego
76. Keegan Oster, UC San Diego
90. Justin Park, UC San Diego
133. Syed Adam Emir Putra, UC San Diego
139. Matthew Misogas, UC San Diego

Division I Women's Epee (185 competitors)
1. Isis Washington, Peter Westbrook Foundation
2. Courtney Hurley, New York Athletic Club
T3. Anna Van Brummen, Alliance Fencing Academy
T3. Anne Cebula, Fencers Club Inc.
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37. Emily Beihold, UC San Diego
70. Amelia Harrison, UC San Diego
107. Emma Zmurk, UC San Diego

Division I Women's Foil (186 competitors)
1. Lee Kiefer, Bluegrass Fencers Club
2. Nicole Pustilnik, Team Touche Fencing Center
T3. Sylvie Binder, Fencers Club Inc.
T3. Jacqueline Dubrovich, Fencers Club Inc.
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150. Gayatri Bhanot, UC San Diego
157. Alyssa De La Cruz, UC San Diego
159. Konami Masui, UC San Diego

Division I Women's Saber (125 competitors)
1. Mariel Zagunis, Oregon Fencing Alliance
2. Nora Burke, Manhattan Fencing Center
T3. Honor Johnson, Bergen Fencing club
T3. Aleksandra Strzalkowski, Fencing Academy of Denver
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62. Julia Hill, UC San Diego
83. Miya Coimbra, UC San Diego
104. Sarah Shen, UC San Diego

Division II Women's Foil (100 competitors)
1. Carolina Stutchbury, Epic Fencing Club
2. Rosabel Cepero, Masters Fencing Club
T3. Erin Oh, Massialas Foundation
T3. Natalie Adams Kim, Andy Ma Fencing Center
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9. Konami Masui, UC San Diego

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With 30 national team championships, nearly 150 individual titles, and the top student-athlete graduation rate among Division II institutions in the United States, the UC San Diego intercollegiate athletics program annually ranks as one of the most successful in the country. The Tritons sponsor 23 intercollegiate sport programs that compete on the NCAA Division I and II levels and, in the summer of 2020, begin a four-year transition into full Division I status as a member of the Big West Conference. UC San Diego scholar-athletes exemplify the academic ideals of one of the world's pre-eminent institutions, graduating at an average rate of 91 percent. A total of 82 Tritons have earned Academic All-America honors, while 37 have earned prestigious NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarships. In competition, almost 1,400 UC San Diego scholar-athletes have earned All-America honors.

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