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Taly Yukelson (right) defeated Cornell's Victoria Wines by a 5-4 score.

Freshman Taly Yukelson Finishes Sixth at NCAA Championships


INDIANAPOLIS - Freshman Taly Yukelson of the University of California San Diego finished sixth of 24 women's epee competitors at the NCAA Fencing Championships Sunday in Indianapolis.

Over five rounds of five-touch bouts, Yukelson recorded a 14-9 record and posted a +5 indicator with 80 touches scored and 75 touches received, barely missing a spot in the national semifinals.

Yukelson, from Cupertino, Calif., collected victories against rivals from Columbia, Cornell, Duke, Fairleigh Dickinson, Harvard, MIT, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Northwestern, Penn State, Princeton, Stanford, and Yale.

Yukelson tallied several upset wins, including a 5-3 topping of Olympian Katharine Holmes from Princeton. Holmes went on to compete in the championship bout.

Yukelson earned All-America honors for placing in the top 12.

Princeton's Anna Van Brummen won the women's epee national title. Lee Kiefer from Notre Dame took the foil championship and Francesca Russo of Notre Dame became the new national saber champion.

Notre Dame won the 2017 team title with 186 points. It was the ninth national championship for the Irish. Ohio State was second with 161 points and Columbia/Barnard placed third with 152 points. Princeton (145) and Harvard (124) rounded out the top-five. 

UC San Diego totaled 28 points to place 14th of 27 teams at the NCAA Championships. Friday, junior foilist David Hadler finished a career-best 10th, also picking up All-America honors.

It was the Tritons' second-best finish ever after their 13th-place showing in 2008. In addition, it was the second time the team produced two All-Americans as Pilar Alicea and Benjamin Dorn earned the honor in 2009.


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