Tritons Stay Local to Compete in San Diego Cup Sunday
LA JOLLA, Calif. - The University of California San Diego fencing team is back in action this Sunday, Jan. 20, as it competes in the second San Diego Cup of the season. The competition takes place at Cathedral Catholic High School starting at 9 a.m.
The Tritons will be competing against local fencers in Senior Men’s Foil, Senior Men’s Epee, Senior Men’s Sabre, Senior Women’s Foil, Senior Women’s Epee, and Senior Women’s Sabre.
The Tritons will be competing in their second-consecutive tournament weekend after battling NCAA opponents at the Western Invitational, which was held Jan. 13 at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.
“Even though this is mainly a practice tournament, it’s important to stay in a competitive mindset in preparation for upcoming NCAA tournaments,” said sophomore epeeist Emma Zmurk, who won the previous San Diego Cup back in October at UC San Diego and recorded an impressive 11-2 record last week at the Western Invitational.
In addition to Zmurk, other Tritons to look out for include sophomore Aidan Chu, who won the Senior Men’s Foil event at the first San Diego Cup, sophomore women’s epeeist Emily Beihold, who posted a 12-1 record at the Western Invitational, and sophomore men’s epeeist Ziad Khayat who went 11-3 in Colorado.
Following Sunday's event, the Tritons can next be seen in action at UC San Diego's Main Gym on Jan. 30-31 as they compete in an unconventional, self-organized tournament against members of the Spanish and Mexican National Teams. The event will serve as final training before the team travels to Evanston, Ill., for the Northwestern Invitational, where it will compete with the most elite squads in the country.
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