SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Adam Campbell-Kruger and Luc Ginestet of UC San Diego finished competition at the 2013 NCAA Fencing Championships Friday at Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio. Both Tritons were competing in the men's epee event alongside the top collegiate fencers in the nation.
Following five rounds of bouts over two days of round-robin competition, Campbell-Kruger finished in 23rd place while Ginestet was 24th. Rounds four and five were contested Friday and rounds one through three took place Thursday. All bouts during the round-robin portion of the event were five-touch.
"It was exciting for the athletes to be able to compete with the top fencers in the country," said UCSD head coach Heidi Runyan. "I was pleased with the determination they showed on the fencing strip and they achieved good quality victories."
Just a sophomore, Campbell-Kruger posted a 6-17 overall record, scoring 68 touches while giving up 102 for a -34 indicator. Two of his victories came on Friday with wins against Notre Dame's Garrett McGrath (5-3) and James Salem of Air Force (5-2). On Thursday, Campbell-Kruger, who hails from Boulder, Colo., earned wins over Harvard's Mike Raynis (5-3), Columbia's Justin Wan (5-4), Ginestet (5-1) and Yale's Peter Cohen (5-4).
Ginestet, a junior, went 4-19 over the five rounds, scoring 64 touches with 106 against, a -42 indicator. All four of the Los Gatos native's wins were recorded Thursday as he defeated Penn's Ayyub Ibrahim (5-3), Wan (5-4), Brown's Kelly McGuire (5-0) and Adam Watson of St. John's (5-4).
The top four finishers from the round-robin portion advanced to the semifinals. Ohio State's Marco Canevari defeated Princeton's Jonathan Yergler, last year's national champion, in the final by a score of 15-9 to win the 2013 epee title. Harvard's Peregrine Badger and Princeton's Edward Kelley tied for third.
Olympian Alex Massialas of Stanford, a freshman, won the foil championship and Penn's Michael Mills took gold in sabre.
With the men's epee, foil and sabre events complete, Penn State leads the team standings with 94 points and a +166 indicator. Princeton is in second place (83, +54) and Notre Dame is third (77, +44). Ohio State, the 2012 national champion, sits in fifth (70, +85) after jumping up two spots since Thursday.
UC San Diego, competing only in men's epee, is in 18th place (10, -76), ahead of Wayne State (10, -76), Air Force (9, -20) and Drew (3, -49).
Women's competition in epee, foil and sabre begins Saturday and concludes Sunday in San Antonio.
It was the second straight year that UCSD qualified a pair of fencers for the NCAA National Championships. In 2012, Rose Forcier represented the Tritons in women's foil, while Munira Gesner competed in women's sabre.
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