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Ben Hadler, Emily Beihold, Ziad Khayat, Julia Hill, Justin Park, Miya Coimbra, and Syed Adam Emir Putra

Coimbra Wins Saber Title, Seven Tritons Earn All-Conference Honors at NCAA West Regional

UC San Diego

LA JOLLA, Calif. - Miya Coimbra (San Diego/Canyon Crest Academy) placed first in Women's Saber and six other Tritons earned all-conference honors as the University of California San Diego hosted the NCAA Fencing West Regional and Western Fencing Conference (WFC) Individual Championships Sunday at RIMAC Arena.

UC San Diego was competing against fencers from Air Force, Caltech, Incarnate Word, and Stanford.

The top-four finishers in each of the six events (men's/women's epee, men's/women's foil, men's/women's saber) were named All-Western Fencing Conference.

Coimbra went 9-2 in her bouts, recording a +20 indicator with 51 touches scored and 31 touches against. It was the first conference title of the sophomore San Diegan's career.

Freshman Julia Hill also picked up All-WFC accolades, placing fourth in Women's Saber.

Sophomore Emily Beihold was fourth in Women's Epee to get her second career All-WFC selection, while sophomore Konami Masui was fifth as the top Triton in Women's Foil.

The Men's Saber squad was on point, taking four of the top-six spots. Freshman Syed Adam Emir Putra placed second and classmate Justin Park was fourth. Both were tabbed All-Western Fencing Conference.

Two more Triton men gained all-conference recognition as freshman Benjamin Hadler took second in Foil and sophomore Ziad Khayat was third in Epee.

The selections for the 2019 NCAA Championships will be announced on Tuesday, March 12. Coimbra, Emir Putra, Hadler, and Khayat are expected to qualify due to their strong finishes at the West Regional.

The NCAA Championships, hosted by Cleveland State University in Ohio, are slated for March 21-24.

Men's Epee (17 fencers)
1. Sean Strong, Stanford
2. Alexander Sless, Incarnate Word
3. Ziad Khayat, UC San Diego
4. Tristan Krueger, Stanford
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14. Scott Phillips, UC San Diego
17. Brandon Chien, UC San Diego

Men's Foil (13 fencers)
1. Lucas Orts, Stanford
2. Benjamin Hadler, UC San Diego
3. Jordan Griffith, Air Force
4. Jake Thayer, Incarnate Word
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6. Aidan Chu, UC San Diego
8. Nathan Jeon, UC San Diego
10. Brian Howard, UC San Diego

Men's Saber (14 fencers)
1. Samuel Kwong, Stanford
2. Syed Adam Emir Putra, UC San Diego
3. Jeffrey Dalli, Stanford
4. Justin Park, UC San Diego
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5. Alejandro Fosado, UC San Diego
6. Alexandre Leonelli, UC San Diego
11. Evan George, UC San Diego

Women's Epee (12 fencers)
1. Nicole Agob, Air Force
2. Emily Giford, Incarnate Word
3. Hanna Lee, Stanford
4. Emily Beihold, UC San Diego
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5. Amelia Harrison, UC San Diego
6. Emma Zmurk, UC San Diego

Women's Foil (13 competitors)
1. Madeline Liao, Stanford
2. Oleksandra Rebchunovska, Incarnate Word
3. Woojoo Kwon, Stanford
4. Allison Wong, Air Force
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4. Konami Masui, UC San Diego
10. Lara Obedin, UC San Diego
11. Erica Kuen, UC San Diego

Women's Saber (12 fencers)
1. Miya Coimbra, UC San Diego
2. Carly Weber-Levine, Stanford
3. Kaleigh Mentzer, Stanford
4. Julia Hill, UC San Diego
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9. Dana Chou, UC San Diego
11. Erin Lee, UC San Diego

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