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The 2018-19 Tritons

Tritons Host NCAA Fencing West Regional Sunday at RIMAC Arena

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The University of California San Diego men’s and women’s fencing teams host the NCAA West Regional on Sunday, March 10, starting at 9 a.m. at RIMAC Arena. The tournament serves as a qualifier for the prestigious NCAA Championships, which will be held at Cleveland State University from March 21-24.

The West is one of five regions (Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, Northeast, South) for NCAA Fencing. There are four Regional competitions as the Mid-Atlantic and South regions are combined. 

Women's events run from 9 a.m. until noon. Following a one-hour break, the men take to the strips from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. with an awards ceremony and senior celebration wrapping things up.

The event doubles as the Western Fencing Conference (WFC) Individual Championships. The WFC Team Championships took place in mid-January at Air Force in Colorado Springs. 

Admission to Sunday's event is free of charge. Spectators are invited to watch top fencing action in a renovated RIMAC Arena which features new seating and a 50-foot wide video board.

Please note that daylight saving time begins Sunday. Spring ahead!

If you can't make it to RIMAC Arena Sunday, you can follow the action with live scoring!

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On the women’s side, 10 Tritons will be in action with Konami Masui, Lara Obedin, and Erica Kuen competing in foil, Emma Zmurk, Emily Beihold, and Amelia Harrison competing in epee, and Julia Hill, Miya Coimbra, Dana Chou, and Erin Lee competing in saber.

Two competitors in each weapon are able to qualify for the NCAA Championships out of the Regionals. There are also two at-large selections available nationwide, which awards slots for fencers who did not qualify through regionals, but posted strong results throughout the season.

Last year, Zmurk won the WFC epee title and Beihold joined her as an all-conference honoree with her fourth-place finish. Both sophomores qualified for Nationals along with sophomore Masui, who was one of the at-large selections from across the nation.

This season, Zmurk is the top seed in Women’s Epee with Beihold the third seed. Masui is the sixth seed in Women’s Foil.

1. Emma Zmurk (UC San Diego)
2. Hanna Lee (Stanford)
3. Emily Beihold (UC San Diego)
4. Nicole Agob (Air Force)
5. Amelia Harrison (UC San Diego)
6. Emily Gifford (Incarnate Word)
7. Helen Landwehr (Air Force)
8. Adda Lantigua (Air Force)
9. Juliana Peceli (Incarnate Word)
10. Anna Widder (Stanford)
11. Mei-Ling Laures (Caltech)
12. Monet Moreau (Incarnate Word)

1. Madeline Liao (Stanford)
2. Kaitlyn Guo (Air Force)
3. Mackensie Nechanicky (Air Force)
4. Woojoo Kwon (Stanford)
5. Oleksandra Rebchunovska (Incarnate Word)
6. Konami Masui (UC San Diego)
7. Myrka Boyd (Incarnate Word)
8. Allison Wong (Air Force)
9. Sophia Sanchez (Stanford)
10. Polina Verkhovodova (Caltech)
11. Anna Lee (Stanford)
12. Lara Obedin (UC San Diego)
13. Erica Kuen (UC San Diego)\

1. Kaleigh Mentzer (Stanford)
2. Lauren Sides (Air Force)
3. Julia Hill (UC San Diego)
4. Erin Shea (Air Force)
5. Miya Coimbra (UC San Diego)
6. Carly Weber-Levine (Stanford)
7. Dana Chou (UC San Diego)
8. Kathy Hu (Stanford)
9. Rose Adams (Stanford)
10. Erin Lee (UC San Diego)
11. Alexandra Krick (Incarnate Word)
12. Cecilia Zhang (Caltech)

The Triton men have the maximum amount of 12 competitors fencing at Regionals with Aidan Chu, Benjamin Hadler, Brian Howard, and Nathan Jeon competing in foil, Ziad Khayat, Scott Phillips, and Brandon Chien competing in epee, and Evan George, Justin Park, Syed Adam Emir Putra, Alexandre Leonelli, and Alejandro Fosado battling in saber.

Two fencers can qualify for the National Championships from saber, while three competitors are able to qualify in epee and foil.

In 2018, graduate David Hadler won Men’s Foil at Regionals and qualified for the NCAA Championships. Sophomore epeeist Zach Kravitz qualified as an at-large selection. Kravitz has not competed in any tournaments this season.

1. Sean Strong (Stanford)
2. Alexander Sless (Incarnate Word)
3. Thomas Petrosewicz (Incarnate Word)
4. Tristan Krueger (Stanford)
5. Ziad Khayat (UC San Diego)
6. Stephen Kimatian (Air Force)
7. Aiden Kung (Stanford)
8. Calvin Smith (Air Force)
9. Brandon Benavides (Incarnate Word)
10. Zimo Zhu (Caltech)
11. Qifan Wang (Caltech)
12. Scott Phillips (UC San Diego)
13. Brandon Chien (UC San Diego)
14. Patrick Satterfield (Incarnate Word)
15. Kevin Tu (Stanford)
16. Zheng Yung (Air Force)
17. Jean-Paul Dahlstrand (Incarnate Word)

1. Julian Cheng (Stanford)
2. Lucas Orts (Stanford)
3. Nester Levin (Air Force)
4. Aidan Chu (UC San Diego)
5. Justin Kang (Stanford)
6. Benjamin Hadler (UC San Diego)
7. Brian Howard (UC San Diego)
8. Nathan Jeon (UC San Diego)
9. Jake Thayer (Incarnate Word)
10. Jordan Griffith (Air Force)
11. Blake Ruffner (Incarnate Word)
12. Jainil Sutaria (Stanford)
13. Andrew Chan (Caltech)

1. Samuel Kwong (Stanford)
2. Matthew Goode (Air Force)
3. Evan George (UC San Diego)
4. Noah Matricciani (Stanford)
5. Justin Park (UC San Diego)
6. Syed Adam Emir Putra (UC San Diego)
7. Alexandre Leonelli (UC San Diego)
8. Royce Wang (Stanford)
9. Jeffrey Dalli (Stanford)
10. Owen Possick (Air Force)
11. Alejandro Fosado (UC San Diego)
12. Adam De Sequera (Incarnate Word)
13. Varun Patamalla (Incarnate Word)
14. Kyle Tupper (Incarnate Word)

Epee is the heaviest of the weapons. The target to score points is the entire body. It is the only weapon where points can be awarded to both sides if there is a double touch.

Foil is the lightest of the three weapons and enacts a rule called right-of-way. Whoever is coming forward with the attack gets the point unless their opponent takes the right-of-way from them by parrying (deflecting/blocking) their blade. The target area for scoring points is the chest and the torso, marked by a light metallic vest called a lamé. 

Saber also employs the right-of-way rule, but sabreurs and sabreuses slash instead of stab. Saber touches happen so quickly that the referees won't even start the three-minute clock used to time the bout.

Advance: Take a step towards one’s opponent.

Attack: Movement or series of movements by which a fencer tries to score a point. In foil and saber, the fencer who attacks first acquires the “right‐of‐way.” In order to execute an attack properly (i.e. one that the referee will acknowledge), the fencer’s hand must be clearly extending towards their opponent’s valid target in a threatening manner.

Beat: Sharp tap on the opponent’s blade to initiate an attack or provoke a reaction.

En Garde: Position taken before fencing commences.

Feint: A false attack intended to get a defensive reaction from the opposing fencer, thus creating the opportunity for a genuine attack (“feint‐disengage attack”).

Fleche: Explosive, running attack (foil and epee only).

Flunge: Action unique to saber – a combination of a lunge and a fleche. Evolved recently after the FIE modified saber rules in 1992 to prohibit running attacks.

Lunge: Most common attacking technique, in which the fencer launches themselves at their opponent by pushing off from the back leg (which generally remains stationary).

Parry: Defensive action in which a fencer blocks his opponent’s blade.

Point‐in‐Line: Action in which the fencer, who is generally out of attacking range, points their weapon at their opponent with their arm fully extended. A fencer who establishes a point in line has right‐of‐way, and their opponent cannot attack until they remove the blade from line by executing a beat.

Recover: The return to the en guarde position after lunging.

Riposte: Defender’s offensive action immediately after parrying their opponent’s attack.

Second Intention: A tactic in which a fencer executes a convincing, yet false, action in hopes of drawing a true, committed reaction from their opponent.

Stop Hit, Stop Cut (saber only): A counter‐action made at the moment of an opponent’s hesitation, feint, or poorly executed attack. To be awarded the point, the fencer attempting to stop hit must clearly catch their opponent’s tempo. Hence, if their Stop Hit is not “in time,” the referee may award the touch to their attacker.

Strip: Fencing area, 14 meters long by 2 meters wide.

Touch: Score a point.

The 2018 West Regionals were hosted by Caltech in Pasadena. Read a full recap here.

1. Notre Dame 
T-2. Columbia
T-2. Harvard
4. Penn State
5. Princeton 
6. Duke 
7. Stanford
8. Yale
9. Ohio State
10. Pennsylvania

Receiving Votes: St. John’s, North Carolina, NYU, NJIT, UC San Diego, Air Force, Boston College, Stevens Tech, Brown, Drew

1. Notre Dame 
2. Northwestern 
3. Columbia
4. Penn State
5. Harvard
6. Duke
7. Temple
8. Ohio State
9. Pennsylvania
10. Princeton

Receiving Votes: St. John's, Yale, Air Force, North Carolina, Cornell, Stanford, Boston College, UC San Diego, Brown, Wayne State, Wellesley

There will be a UC San Diego parent and alumni social Sunday from 9-11 a.m. in the new RIMAC Arena Skybox. 

Regionals will also serve as a Triton Athletes Council (TAC) challenge, which will occur as the women's competition concludes around noon.

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