Tritons Host Annual BladeRunner this Weekend
LA JOLLA, Calif. - The University of California San Diego fencing team is set to host the 23rd annual BladeRunner Tournament this week in the newly-remodeled RIMAC Arena.
The event runs Saturday, Nov. 3 (9 a.m.) and Sunday, Nov. 4 (8 a.m.). Admission is free.
This year's edition of BladeRunner will feature over 700 entrants.
The Tritons, who finished 14th of 27 teams at the 2018 NCAA Championships, will be competing against fencers from all over the western region in twelve separate events, the largest of which is Division 1A Men’s Epee with 77 competitors registered.
BladeRunner is classified as a Regional Open Circuit (ROC) and therefore attracts top competition as fencers who place well gain regional points which allow them to qualify for national competitions.
Coming off of three wins and 11 podium finishes at the recent San Diego Cup, UC San Diego is expected to perform well across all competitions in each of the three weapons (foil, epee, and sabre). Fencers to watch include sophomore foilist Aidan Chu and freshman sabreur Justin Park, who won their respective events two weekends ago. In addition, sophomore foilist Konami Masui and sophomore epeeist Emily Beihold, who both qualified for the 2018 NCAA Championships, are expected to bring in good results for the Tritons.
All action from BladeRunner can be followed with live scoring.
The next competition for the Tritons will be the West Invitational on Jan. 12, 2019, hosted by the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.
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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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