IRVINE, Calif. -
The UC San Diego fencing team traveled to Irvine for the UCI Duals on Sunday, fencing against all their Intercollegiate Fencing Conference of Southern California team opponents. After a long day of competition, the men's team emerged undefeated and in first place in the IFCSC, while the women's team had a narrow loss to Arizona State University and currently sits in second place in the conference.
Men's sabre was nearly flawless for the day, posting a record of 52-2 as the top UCSD squad during the event. Senior Jonathan Ott
led the way, as the squad captain went undefeated. Freshman Nick Bartuzik
and Bryson Abilay
only dropped one bout each as part of the sabre competition during only their second collegiate contest.
2009 conference champion Michael Fong
and 2010 conference champ Joseph Schenkel
split bouts and both went undefeated in leading men's foil to a 51-3 record. Freshman Brennan Louie
dropped only one bout during the day and sophomore Alex Lavin
dropped two. For men's epee, sophomore James Galamba
was the top Triton performer with only one loss as the squad went 43-11 overall.
Women's epee squad captain Amy Bianchini
achieved an undefeated day, topping 12 opponents, while team captain Casey Gillcrist
only lost three bouts as the squad finished the day with a 45-9 record, highlighted by a 7-2 win over Arizona State. Women's sabre overcame a narrow 4-5 defeat to ASU to finish 47-7 at the event. Squad captain Lexy Stanley
and freshman Munira Gesner
lost two bouts each, while junior Jordan Conway
dropped three. Rounding out the competition for the Tritons, women's foil posted a 40-14 record against conference opponents.
Last year, the women's team also fell to ASU during their first meeting, but came back strong to win the second meeting and the conference title. This year, they will look to achieve the same comeback when they meet the Sun Devils at home in February.
The Tritons return to action this weekend at an individual competition, hosting the BladeRunner, November 13-14 in the UCSD Main Gym.