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Triton Women Conclude Competition at NCAA Championships


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Three University of California San Diego student-athletes concluded competition at the 2018 National Collegiate Fencing Championships Friday at Penn State University's Multi-Sport Facility.

Epeeists Emily Beihold and Emma Zmurk, as well as foilist Konami Masui, competed in five rounds of fencing over two days. All three are freshmen.

Zmurk finished in 17th place among 24 fencers after posting an 8-15 record over 23 bouts. The 2018 Western Fencing Conference (WFC) epee champion held a -6 indicator with 88 touches scored and 94 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), Yale's Michelle Nam (5-3), North Carolina's Justine DeGrasse (5-3), and Ella Morgan (5-4) of Boston College.

Beihold was 20th with her 8-15 record and -17 indicator (80 touches scored, 97 touches against). She registered victories against Zmurk (5-4), Notre Dame's Amanda Sirico (5-4), Sakharova (5-4), Nam (5-3), Harvard's Saanchi Kukadia (5-3), Penn's Stephanie Wolf (5-2), and Veronika Zuikova (5-3) and Ally Ryf (5-2) of St. John's.

Princeton's Catherine Nixon defeated Zuikova, 15-13, in the championship bout to win the national title in epee.

Masui went 4-19 over her 15 bouts and placed 24th. She had 51 touches scored and 109 touches against for a -58 indicator. Masui's wins came against Grace Ding (5-3) and Marissa Viqueira (5-4) of Cornell, Harvard's MacKenzie Lawrence (5-4), and Duke's Julia Gianneschi (5-4).

Iman Blow of Columbia won the national championship in foil after topping Notre Dame's Sabrina Massialis, 15-13, in the final bout.

In women's saber, Princeton's Maia Chamberlain defeated Zara Moss of Penn State, 15-11, to win the crown.

As a team, UC San Diego is 12th of 24 squads. Collectively, the Tritons have 20 points and a -81 indicator. Notre Dame, the 2017 team champion, is first with 95 points and a +183 indicator. Penn State (89 points, +131) is second and Columbia (86, +118) is third.

Men's competition gets underway Saturday at 6 a.m. PT. Senior foilist David Hadler and freshman epeeist Zach Kravitz are representing UC San Diego. For Hadler, it is his fourth trip to nationals. He finished a career-best 10th in 2017.

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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