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Five Tritons Qualify for NCAA Championships

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LA JOLLA, Calif. - Five University of California San Diego student-athletes - three men and two women - qualified for the 2019 NCAA Fencing National Championships as the 144 selections were officially announced Tuesday.

UC San Diego will be represented in all three weapons on the men's side with freshman Syed Adam Emir Putra competing in Sabre, freshman Benjamin Hadler in Foil, and sophomore Ziad Khayat in Epee.

For the women, sophomore Emily Beihold will be in the Epee field and sophomore Miya Coimbra (San Diego/Canyon Crest Academy) will fence in Sabre.

"Qualifying five fencers to compete alongside the best in the country is exciting and I'm very proud of the hard work of our strong team," said first-year UC San Diego head coach Juan Ignacio Calderon.

Coimbra punched her ticket to Nationals by placing first in Sabre Sunday at the NCAA West Regionals, which also doubled as the Western Fencing Conference (WFC) Individual Championships. 

All three Triton men solidified their bids Sunday as well with Emir Putra and Hadler finishing second in Sabre and Foil, respectively, and Khayat taking third in Epee.

Beihold's strong results throughout the season, in addition to a fourth-place finish in Epee at Regionals, got her an at-large selection to the NCAA Championships. She qualified for Nationals in 2018 as well, placing 20th in Epee.  

"Earning these spots at Nationals is a testament to the commitment and hard work of the student-athletes and coaches, as well as the incredible support we got from every area of the Athletics Department," said Calderon. "We have very ambitious long-term goals and this is certainly a step in the right direction. There will be setbacks and successes ahead of us, but we will remain focused and determined as we are on a mission!"

UC San Diego also had five qualifiers in 2018 and the Tritons placed 14th of 27 teams. Senior David Hadler, the older brother of Benjamin, picked up All-America accolades for finishing 11th in Foil.

Notre Dame won the 2018 team title while Columbia was second and Ohio State took third.

The 2019 NCAA Fencing Championships, hosted by Cleveland State University, run March 21-24 at the Wolstein Center in Cleveland, Ohio.

Fencers will compete in a round-robin format of five-touch bouts. After round robin, the top- four finishers in each weapon fence in semifinal 15-touch bouts, with winners facing off to determine first and second places, and non-advancing fencers being awarded a tie for third place. An institution’s place finish will be based on points earned by each individual. A team will be awarded one point for each victory by its student-athletes.

A live feed of the NCAA Championships semifinal and final bouts will be available on ESPN3 or the WatchESPN app. Semifinals and finals, along with other championships highlights, will air on ESPNU at 11:30 a.m. Pacific on April 3.

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With 30 national team championships, nearly 150 individual titles, and the top student-athlete graduation rate among Division II institutions in the United States, the UC San Diego intercollegiate athletics program annually ranks as one of the most successful in the country. The Tritons sponsor 23 intercollegiate sport programs that compete on the NCAA Division I and II levels and, in the summer of 2020, will transition into full Division I status as a member of the Big West Conference. UC San Diego student-athletes exemplify the academic ideals of one of the world's pre-eminent institutions, graduating at an average rate of 91 percent. A total of 80 Tritons have earned Academic All-America honors, while 36 have earned prestigious NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarships. In competition, more than 1,300 UC San Diego student-athletes have earned All-America honors.

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