David Hadler and Zuhril Zariman to Fence at World University Games in Taiwan
Both UCSD student-athletes are foilists. Hadler, a senior from San Francisco, will be representing Chinese Taipei, while Zariman, a junior from San Diego, will compete for Malaysia.
"I am excited to be competing alongside so many amazing and talented fencers," said Zariman, who was born in Malaysia. "I look forward to giving it my all and gathering more experience and
knowledge to further my fencing in preparation for the coming NCAA season. This event should prove to be invaluable and memorable."
"It's really exciting to be representing Chinese Taipei," said Hadler, who has qualified for the NCAA Championships three times during his career as a Triton. "I've worked for over a year training, traveling, and competing to qualify. I am experiencing a real feeling of accomplishment and appreciation just being here and I am looking forward to competing."
The Men's Foil field in Taipei will be particularly strong as the last three NCAA national champions are competing, including Alexander Massialis of Stanford, the world's top-ranked foilist.
Men's Foil gets underway on Tuesday, August 22 with the individual competition. The team portion will take place on Friday, August 25.
The individual competition begins with a preliminary round followed by direct elimination rounds starting with 64 fencers. The team event consists of 16 squads.
"I am very proud that we have two Tritons competing at the World University Games," said UC San Diego head coach Heidi Runyan. "David and Zuhril have made UCSD's men's foil squad one of the best in the NCAA and it is great they will both be fencing on the world stage."
All of the action from the 29th Summer Universiade can be followed via the official Taipei 2017 site.
Update: August 22, 2017
David, competing for Chinese Taipei, finished 24th and Zuhril, fencing for Malaysia, placed 59th among 69 competitors in Men's Foil.
David went 4-2 in pools. He won his first direct elimination bout against Portugal's Pedro Macedo and then lost to Japan's Kyosuke Matsuyama, the eventual silver medalist.
Zuhril was 1-5 in pool play and did not advance to the direct elimination rounds.
Congratulations to both Tritons!
Complete results can be found here.