INDIANAPOLIS - The University of California San Diego's David Hadler placed a career-best 10th of 24 men's foil competitors at the NCAA Fencing Championships Friday.
A junior from San Francisco, Hadler recorded a 14-9 record over five rounds of five-touch bouts. He had 92 touches scored and 82 touches received for a +10 indicator.
Hadler earned victories against competitors from Brown, Columbia, Detroit Mercy, Harvard, New Jersey Institue of Technology, Notre Dame, NYU, Ohio State, Penn, Princeton, St. John's, Stanford, and Yale.
Hadler defeated three of the four fencers that went on to compete in the semifinals, including Andras Nemeth of St. John's, who became the 2017 national champion in men's foil. Hadler also beat Ohio State's Maximilien Chastanet, the 2016 champion, as well as Columbia's Nolen Scruggs.
Hadler, who finished 14th in 2015 and 20th in 2016, earned All-America honors for his top-12 placing this year.
Harvard's Eli Dershwitz won the saber title Friday, while Cooper Schumacher of St. John's is the new national champion in epee.
Notre Dame, which is hosting the championships, continues to lead the team standings. Ohio State is second and Columbia/Barnard is third.
Freshman epeeist Taly Yukelson is also representing UC San Diego at the NCAA Championships. Her competition begins Saturday at 8 a.m. (PT) with three rounds of five-touch bouts. Rounds four and five will take place at 6 a.m. (PT) Sunday, while semifinal and championship bouts are slated for 10:30 a.m. (PT).