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Emily Beihold was 12-1 in Colorado.

Fencers Turn in Strong Results at Western Invitational

UC San Diego

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The women's epee squad went undefeated to lead the University of California San Diego fencing team at the Western Invitational, hosted by the United States Air Force Academy Sunday in Colorado.

Overall, the Triton women were 4-3 with victories over Brandeis, Caltech, Florida, and Incarnate Word and losses against Air Force, Northwestern, and Stanford. The men produced a 4-2 record, defeating Brandeis, Caltech, Florida, and Incarnate Word and falling to Air Force and Stanford.

The UC San Diego women's epee team was a perfect 7-0. Sophomore Emily Beihold recorded an impressive 12-1 bout record and classmate Emma Zmurk was just behind, compiling an 11-2 mark. Both Beihold and Zmurk defeated Northwestern All-American Pauline Hamilton as well as fellow Wildcat Julia Falinska, the seventh-ranked junior women's epeeist in the world.

For the men, sophomore epeeist Ziad Khayat posted an 11-3 record.

The event doubled as the Western Fencing Conference (WFC) Championships. Both the UC San Diego men and women placed third. Stanford won the men's title and was followed by Air Force, while Air Force took the women's crown and Stanford was second. Caltech and Incarnate Word are also members of the WFC.

"Our conference is getting stronger every year and Air Force put together an impressive balanced performance that made the difference," said first-year UC San Diego head coach Juan Ignacio Calderon. "Our third-place finishes do not do justice to the level of fencing we put on the strip. Our main goal this season is to qualify a strong team for the NCAA West Regionals and National Championships, and we took a big step forward to accomplish just that."

It was the first NCAA event of the season for UC San Diego. Next up, the Tritons compete in the San Diego Open on Jan. 20. They then host the Mexican National Team on Jan. 30 and the Mexican and Spanish National Teams on Jan. 31. UC San Diego returns to NCAA action on Feb. 3 at the prestigious Northwestern Invitational.

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