Photo by: Scott Flanders
Ziad Khayat (right) took gold in Senior Men's Epee.

Tritons Win Five of Six Events at San Diego Cup

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SAN DIEGO - The University of California San Diego fencing team won a program best five of six events at the San Diego Cup, which was held Sunday at Cathedral Catholic High School.

The UC San Diego women had a clean sweep with sophomore Konami Masui taking the gold in Senior Foil, sophomore Emily Beihold winning Senior Epee and renewing her ‘B’ rating, and sophomore Miya Coimbra finishing atop the podium in Senior Saber.

Other notable performances in the women’s categories went to sophomore Lara Obedin and freshman Erica Kuen, who tied for third in Senior Foil, senior Michelle Caplin and junior Amelia Harrison, who tied for third in Senior Epee, and freshman Julia Hill, who took silver in Senior Saber.

On the men’s side, sophomore Ziad Khayat turned in a gold medal performance in Senior Epee and junior Dillon Cooke won Senior Foil. Both Tritons had undefeated days as they went 5-0 and 4-0 in pools, respectively. Khayat and Cooke also renewed their ‘A’ ratings.

Joining Khayat and Cooke on the podium were freshman Brandon Chien, who came in third in Epee, sophomore Aidan Chu, and freshman Benjamin Hadler, who both tied for third in Foil.

In Men’s Saber, sophomore Alejandro Fosado placed second after going 6-0 in pools and beating freshman teammates Justin Park and Syed Adam Emir Putra, both by a slim 15-14 margin. Emir Putra ended up tying for third.

After an action-packed day, the Tritons left with five gold medals, two silvers, and eight bronzes.

UC San Diego can next be seen in action Jan. 30-31 at Main Gym on campus as it competes in a 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 top squads in the country.

Senior Men's Epee (29 fencers)
1. Ziad Khayat, UC San Diego
2. Carlos Sanudo, UNAT
3. Brandon Chien, UC San Diego
3. Zikun Wei, No Fear
12. Scott Phillips, UC San Diego

Senior Men's Foil (16 fencers)
1. Dillon Cooke, UC San Diego
2. Brian Ko, TTFC
3. Aidan Chu, UC San Diego
3. Benjamin Hadler, UC San Diego
8. Brian Howard, UC San Diego
15. Brandon Lee, UC San Diego

Senior Men's Saber (24 fencers)
1. Dimitri Kupanoff, Laguna
2. Alejandro Fosado, UC San Diego
3. Shawn Kim, Laguna
3. Syed Adam Emir Putra, UC San Diego
5. Matthew Misogas, UC San Diego
6. Justin Park, UC San Diego
7. Cheung Kang Lau, UC San Diego
8. Alexandre Leonelli, UC San Diego
9. Evan George, UC San Diego

Senior Women's Epee (15 fencers)
1. Emily Beihold, UC San Diego
2. Jocelyn Cruz, ETC
3. Amelia Harrison, UC San Diego
3. Michelle Caplin, UC San Diego
5. Aditi Soin, UC San Diego
6. Emma Zmurk, UC San Diego
9. Karen Chiem, UC San Diego
10. Christine Drake-Thomas, UC San Diego
11. Avery Coble, UC San Diego

Senior Women's Foil (9 fencers)
1. Konami Masui, UC San Diego
2. Arantza Carmona, UNAT
3. Lara Obedin, UC San Diego
3. Erica Kuen, UC San Diego
6. Isabella Franco, UC San Diego
7. Dylan Sarish, UC San Diego

Senior Women's Saber (11 fencers)
1. Miya Coimbra, UC San Diego
2. Julia Hill, UC San Diego
3. Mariana Guzman, SDFC
3. Ingrid Mendiola-Ritchie, SDFC
7. Dana Chou, UC San Diego
8. Erin Lee , UC San Diego
10. Wendy Guo, UC San Diego

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