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Fencers Tip Off Season Sunday on Campus

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LA JOLLA, Calif. - The University of California San Diego fencing team tips off its 2018-19 season at home on Sunday, Oct. 21, as part of the University's Homecoming and Hall of Fame Weekend.

"We've been working really hard for the first month to prepare everything for this competition," said first-year UC San Diego head coach Juan Ignacio Calderon. "We're going to try out all the preparation in this initial competition and then be able to roll it out through the entire season."

The San Diego Open gets underway Sunday at 9 a.m. at Main Gym with fencers from clubs all over California joining the Tritons. The event features competition in all six weapons (men's and women's epee, men's and women's foil, men's and women's saber) and the format consists of a single round of pool bouts with all fencers advancing to a direct elimination table.

"The student-athletes are so eager to start competing," said Calderon, who was an assistant coach with the program last season. "Doing it on the weekend of Homecoming is very special because they will be able to do it in front of former student-athletes that will come and visit us."

Following the San Diego Open, the Tritons conclude their fall schedule by hosting the annual BladeRunner tournament inside a newly-renovated RIMAC Arena on Saturday, Nov. 3 and Sunday, Nov. 4. The refurbished venue includes new seating and a 50-foot wide video board.

The season picks back up Jan. 12 at the West Invitational in Colorado Springs, Colo., followed by the second San Diego Open, Jan. 20 at Cathedral Catholic High School.

New to the schedule this year, UC San Diego will entertain the Spanish National Team at Main Gym on Jan. 30. That event will serve as the team's final tune-up before the uber-competitive Northwestern Invitational, which annually features the top squads from around the nation. This year's gathering is Feb. 2-3 in Evanston, Ill.

Up next, UC San Diego hosts a pair of big events including the Intercollegiate Fencing Conference of Southern California (IFCSC) Championships on Feb. 9 at Main Gym and the NCAA West Regional on March 9 at RIMAC Arena. The Tritons last hosted the regional, which doubles as the Western Fencing Conference (WFC) Championships, in 2015.

The 2019 NCAA Championships are being hosted by Cleveland State, March 21-24 in Ohio. Last season, UC San Diego qualified five fencers for the nationals at Penn State. The Tritons placed 14th of 27 teams, while senior foilist David Hadler earned All-America honors with his 11th-place finish.

For a complete 2018-19 season schedule, click here.

Competing for UC San Diego at Sunday's San Diego Open will be:

Men's Epee
Brandon Chien
Ziad Khayat
Scott Phillips
Alex Soderberg

Women's Epee
Emily Beihold
Michelle Caplin
Karen Chiem
Avery Coble
Christine Drake-Thomas
Amelia Harrison
Ariane Mohabir
Aditi Soin
Emma Zmurk

Men's Foil
Aidan Chu
Dillon Cooke
Benjamin Hadler
Damanjit Heer
Brian Howard
Nathan Jeon
Brandon Lee

Women's Foil
Caitlyn Callaghan
Isabella Franco
Erica Kuen
Konami Masui
Lara Obedin

Men's Saber
Syed Adam Emir Putra
Alejandro Fosado
Evan George
Chueng Kang Lau
Kevin Lee
Alexandre Leonelli
Matthew Misogas
Justin Park

Women's Saber
Dana Chou
Miya Coimbra
Yingwen Guo
Julia Hill
Erin Lee
Dylan Sarish
Monique Zhou

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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, will transition into full Division I status as a member of the Big West Conference. UC San Diego student-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 80 Tritons have earned Academic All-America honors, while 36 have earned prestigious NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarships. In competition, more than 1,300 UC San Diego student-athletes have earned All-America honors.

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