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Travis Tibbitts Wraps Up First NCAA Championship Appearance
Release: Sunday 03/23/2014 

COLUMBUS, Ohio - UC San Diego's Travis Tibbitts completed competition in his first career appearance at the NCAA Fencing Championships Sunday, hosted by The Ohio State University.

Tibbitts, a sophomore sabreur, placed 23rd in the field, recording an overall record of 6-17 during two days of action.

On Sunday, Tibbitts won one of his eight bouts during the fourth and fifth rounds, defeating Harvard's Alexander Ryjik.

In Saturday's first three rounds, Tibbitts recorded five victories over 15 bouts. ompetition, Tibbitts is sitting in 20th place of 24 competitors heading into Sunday's action. The Santa Barbara native posted wins over Yale's Hugh O'Cinneide, North Carolina's Sam Austin, Princeton's Philip Dershwitz, Ohio State's Rhys Douglas and Notre Dame's Kevin Hassett.

For the weekend, Tibbitts totaled 63 touches scored and 97 touches against for a -34 indicator. He was in 20th place at the end of the day Saturday.

Penn State's Kaito Streets won the national title, posting a record of 20-3. He defeated Ferenc Valkai of St. John's, 15-12, in the final. Streets had 106 touches scored with a +50 indicator.

Shaul Gordon of Penn and Roman Sydorenko from St. John's tied for third place.

In other weapon disciplines, Gerek Meinhardt of Notre Dame won the men's foil championship and Yevgeniy Karyuchenko from St. John's was the men's epee winner.

On the women's side, Adrienne Jarocki from Harvard won the sabre title, Lee Kiefer of Notre Dame was the foil titleist and Vivian Kong of Stanford took home the epee championship.

An hour-long NCAA Fencing Championships highlight show will air on ESPNU at 5 p.m. (PT) on April 1.


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