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National Collegiate Fencing Championships Start Thursday


The National Collegiate Fencing Championships, hosted by Cleveland State University, will be held March 21-24 at the Wolstein Center in Cleveland, Ohio. All three NCAA Divisions will be represented.

For the second-straight year, UC San Diego has five Tritons competing:
Emily Beihold - Women's Epee
Miya Coimbra - Women's Sabre
Syed Adam Emir Putra - Men's Sabre
Benjamin Hadler - Men's Foil
Ziad Khayat - Men's Epee


all times Pacific
Thursday, March 21
6am - Men's Foil Rounds 1-3
8am- Men's Epee Rounds 1-3
10:30am - Men's Sabre Rounds 1-3

Friday, March 22
6am - Men's Foil Rounds 4-5
6am - Men's Epee Rounds 4-5
6am - Men's Sabre Rounds 4-5
10am - Men's Foil Semifinals/Final
10am - Men's Epee Semifinals/Final
10am - Men's Sabre Semifinals/Final

Saturday, March 23
8am - Women's Epee Rounds 1-3
10:30am - Women's Sabre Rounds 1-3

Sunday, March 24
6am - Women's Epee Rounds 4-5
6am - Women's Sabre Rounds 4-5
10am - Women's Epee Semifinals/Final
10am - Women's Sabre Semifinals/Final


All action at the event can be followed with live scoring here.


All semifinals and finals will feature a live video stream on ESPN3.


Tickets for the 2019 NCAA Fencing Championships are available for purchase here.


A total of 144 fencers, 24 per weapon/per gender, are competing. Fencers will compete in a round-robin format of five-touch bouts. After round robin, the top-four finishers in each weapon fence in semifinal 15-touch bouts, with winners facing off to determine first and second places, and non-advancing fencers being awarded a tie for third place. An institution’s place finish will be based on points earned by each individual. A team will be awarded one point for each victory by its student-athletes.


UC San Diego placed 14th of 27 teams as it sent five fencers to the 2018 Nationals at Penn State.
Emily Beihold - 20th in Women's Epee
David Hadler - 11th in Men's Foil
Zach Kravitz - 15th in Men's Epee
Konami Masui - 24th in Women's Foil
Emma Zmurk - 17th in Women's Epee

Notre Dame led from start to finish and defended its team championship. Columbia was second and Ohio State placed third. Individual national champions included:
Men's Epee - Marc-Antoine Blais, Ohio State
Men's Foil - Nick Itkin, Notre Dame
Men's Sabre - Eli Dershwitz, Harvard

Women's Epee - Catherine Nixon, Princeton
Women's Foil - Iman Blow, Columbia
Women's Sabre - Maia Chamberlain, Princeton


1. Notre Dame 
2. Columbia
3. Harvard
4. Penn State
5. Princeton 
6. Duke 
7. Stanford
8. Yale
9. Ohio State
10. Penn

Receiving Votes: St. John’s, North Carolina, NYU, NJIT, Air Force, UC San Diego, Boston College, Stevens Tech, Brown, Drew


1. Notre Dame 
2. Columbia
3. Penn State
4. Northwestern
5. Harvard
6. Duke
7. Temple
8. Ohio State
9. St. John's
10. Princeton

Receiving Votes: Penn, Yale, Air Force, North Carolina, Stanford, Cornell, Boston College, Johns Hopkins, Wellesley, Stevens Tech


Epee is the heaviest of the weapons. The target to score points is the entire body. It is the only weapon where points can be awarded to both sides if there is a double touch.

Foil is the lightest of the three weapons and enacts a rule called right-of-way. Whoever is coming forward with the attack gets the point unless their opponent takes the right-of-way from them by parrying (deflecting/blocking) their blade. The target area for scoring points is the chest and the torso, marked by a light metallic vest called a lamé. 

Sabre also employs the right-of-way rule, but sabreurs and sabreuses slash instead of stab. Sabre touches happen so quickly that the referees won't even start the three-minute clock used to time the bout.


Advance: Take a step towards one’s opponent.

Attack: Movement or series of movements by which a fencer tries to score a point. In foil and saber, the fencer who attacks first acquires the “right‐of‐way.” In order to execute an attack properly (i.e. one that the referee will acknowledge), the fencer’s hand must be clearly extending towards their opponent’s valid target in a threatening manner.

Beat: Sharp tap on the opponent’s blade to initiate an attack or provoke a reaction.

En Garde: Position taken before fencing commences.

Feint: A false attack intended to get a defensive reaction from the opposing fencer, thus creating the opportunity for a genuine attack (“feint‐disengage attack”).

Fleche: Explosive, running attack (foil and epee only).

Flunge: Action unique to saber – a combination of a lunge and a fleche. Evolved recently after the FIE modified saber rules in 1992 to prohibit running attacks.

Lunge: Most common attacking technique, in which the fencer launches themselves at their opponent by pushing off from the back leg (which generally remains stationary).

Parry: Defensive action in which a fencer blocks his opponent’s blade.

Point‐in‐Line: Action in which the fencer, who is generally out of attacking range, points their weapon at their opponent with their arm fully extended. A fencer who establishes a point in line has right‐of‐way, and their opponent cannot attack until they remove the blade from line by executing a beat.

Recover: The return to the en guarde position after lunging.

Riposte: Defender’s offensive action immediately after parrying their opponent’s attack.

Second Intention: A tactic in which a fencer executes a convincing, yet false, action in hopes of drawing a true, committed reaction from their opponent.

Stop Hit, Stop Cut (saber only): A counter‐action made at the moment of an opponent’s hesitation, feint, or poorly executed attack. To be awarded the point, the fencer attempting to stop hit must clearly catch their opponent’s tempo. Hence, if their Stop Hit is not “in time,” the referee may award the touch to their attacker.

Strip: Fencing area, 14 meters long by 2 meters wide.

Touch: Score a point.


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