INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -
The UC San Diego fencing team will send three athletes to compete in the 2010 National Collegiate Fencing Championships, it was announced Monday by the NCAA Men's Women's Fencing Committee. Michael Fong
will represent UCSD on the men's side, while Pilar Alicea
and Victoria Mo
will participate for the Triton women. The championships will take place March 25-28 in Boston and field 144 of the nation's top collegiate fencers.
Fong returns to the national championships for the second year in a row after a men's foil victory at the NCAA West Regionals. As a freshman last season, Fong ended the regular seasion with a conference crown and 36-0 record before finishing second at West Regionals. He went on to place 24th with three wins and 60 touches at National Championships, with Penn State's Nicholas Chinman emerging as the individual champ.
Alicea also returns to the NCAA Championships after a West Regional victory in foil. Alicea, who finished second at regionals last year and 12th at Nationals, upended last season's West Regional Champ, Jessica Wacker of Stanford, by a 15-10 score in the gold medal match. Alicea was also a conference champion in women's foil with a 12-0 performance at the IFCSC Championships in Irvine and will look to build upon her All-American performance from the National Collegiate Fencing Championships last season.
Mo will make her national championship debut after finishing third in women's epee thanks to a bronze medal win over Stanford's Ashley Titan, 15-13. Mo won the individual conference title and helped the Tritons to a women's epee squad title with an 11-1 mark at the IFCSC Championships. She will now look to a cap a great freshman campaign with a strong NCAA performance in Boston.
The NCAA National Championships, hosted by Harvard University, will take place at the Gordon Track Center, March 25-28, in Boston.