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Fencers Begin NCAA Season at Western Invitational in Colorado

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The University of California San Diego men's and women's fencing teams return to action this week, competing in the Western Invitational at the United States Air Force Academy on Sunday, Jan. 13.

The Western Invitational serves as the first NCAA tournament for the Tritons during their 2018-19 season and will be the first for new head coach Juan Ignacio Calderon.

“The Western Invitational marks the beginning of our NCAA competitive season and, more than any other competition, we will need a strong team spirit to succeed as this is also the Western Fencing Conference Championships,” said Calderon, who took over the reins of the program in July of 2018. “We are going in prepared and ready to give everything we have on the strip.”

UC San Diego, which is receiving votes in the National Poll, will be competing in all six weapons (men’s/women’s epee, men’s/women’s foil, men’s/women’s saber) against several West Region rivals including Stanford, Air Force, Caltech, and Incarnate Word. Also competing will be No. 8 Northwestern, Brandeis, and Florida State.

Last season, the UC San Diego women won the Western Fencing Conference (WFC) title for a fourth-consecutive time. The women’s epee squad shined, blanking Stanford’s A Team, 9-0. The men were also solid, placing second overall for the third-consecutive season, finishing behind only Stanford.

The competition schedule at Center Gym in Cadet Gymnasium goes as follows (all times Pacific):

• 7:00 a.m. - UC San Diego vs. Caltech
• 8:30 a.m. - UC San Diego vs. Northwestern
• 10:00 a.m. - UC San Diego vs. Incarnate Word
• 11:30 a.m. - UC San Diego vs. Stanford
• 1:00 p.m. - UC San Diego vs. Air Force
• 2:30 p.m. - UC San Diego vs. Florida State
• 4:00 p.m. - UC San Diego vs. Brandeis

Admission is free to the event.

Following the Western Invitational, UC San Diego competes at the San Diego Open on Jan. 20. The Tritons then host the Mexican National Team on Jan. 30 and the Mexican and Spanish National Teams on Jan. 31. They return to NCAA action on Feb. 3 at the prestigious Northwestern Invitational.

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