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Tritons 12th as Day One Wraps Up at NCAA Championships


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Three University of California San Diego student-athletes were in action Thursday during the opening day of the National Collegiate Fencing Championships at Penn State University's Multi-Sport Facility.

Epeeists Emily Beihold and Emma Zmurk, as well as foilist Konami Masui, competed in three rounds of competition. All three are freshmen.

Zmurk is in 14th place of 24 fencers after posting a 6-9 record over 15 bouts. The 2018 Western Fencing Conference (WFC) epee champion holds a +2 indicator with 61 touches scored and 59 touches against. Zmurk earned wins against Columbia's Giana Vierheller (5-2), Notre Dame's Dasha Yefremenko (5-4), Fairleigh Dickinson's Natalia Toby (5-0), Penn State's Anastasia Kalonji (5-4), MIT's Helen Sakharova (5-2), and Yale's Michelle Nam (5-3).

Beihold sits in 20th with her 5-10 record. She has a -14 indicator, scoring 52 touches with 66 touches against. Beihold registered victories against Zmurk (5-4), Notre Dame's Amanda Sirico (5-4), Sakharova (5-4), Nam (5-3), and Harvard's Saanchi Kukadia (5-3).

Sirico is atop the epee field as she won 13 of her 15 bouts. 

Masui went 3-12 over 15 bouts. She had 38 touches scored and 71 touches against for a -33 indicator and is currently in 23rd place. Masui's wins came against Grace Ding (5-3) and Marissa Viqueira (5-4) of Cornell and Harvard's MacKenzie Lawrence (5-4).

Elyssa Kleiner from Notre Dame holds a narrow lead in the foil competition. She was 12-3 with a +28 indicator Thursday. Sylvie Binder (12-3, +27) and Iman Blow (12-3, +26) of Columbia are just behind.

As a team, UC San Diego is 12th of 24 squads. Collectively, the Tritons have 14 points and a -45 indicator. Notre Dame, the 2017 team champion, is first with 56 points and a +79 indicator.

Women's action concludes Friday. Rounds four and five start at 6 a.m. PT with semifinals and finals slated for 10:30 a.m. PT.

Men's competition gets underway Saturday. Senior foilist David Hadler and freshman epeeist Zach Kravitz are representing UC San Diego.

The five NCAA Championships qualifiers are the most for UC San Diego since the same number of Tritons were selected in 2009.

At the National Collegiate Championships, fencers compete in a round-robin format of five-touch bouts. After the round-robin, the top-four finishers in each weapon fence in semifinal 15-touch bouts, with the winners facing off to determine first and second places, and the non-advancing fencers being awarded a tie for third place. An institution’s place finish in the championships will be based on points earned by each individual. A team will be awarded one point for each victory by its student-athletes for the duration of the championships.

The UCSD men and women are receiving votes in the most recent national poll.

For full information about the event as well as live scoring, visit TOURNAMENT CENTRAL.


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