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Epeeist Ziad Khayat is in ninth place after Thursday's opening rounds.

Three Tritons in Action on Day One of NCAA Championships

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CLEVELAND - The University of California San Diego had three student-athletes in action Thursday on the opening day of the NCAA Fencing Championships at Cleveland State University.

Following three rounds of five-touch bouts, Ziad Khayat sits in ninth place in Epee while Benjamin Hadler is 16th in Foil and Syed Adam Emir Putra is 23rd in Saber. All three weapons feature a 24-fencer field.

UC San Diego is 14th out of 22 of the nation's top programs.

Khayat posted an 8-7 record on the day. The sophomore held a +5 indicator with 61 touches scored and 56 touches against. He earned victories against rivals from Harvard, Incarnate Word, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Princeton (2), Stevens Tech, and Yale.

Hadler went 6-9 with wins against fencers from Air Force, Brown, Duke, Penn State (2), and Stanford. The freshman registered a -12 indicator with 51 touches scored and 63 against.

Emir Putra recorded a 2-13 mark with victories against competitors from Duke and Penn State. The freshman from Malaysia finished with a -26 indicator, scoring 44 touches with 70 against.

Following Thursday's rounds, Columbia is in first place and is followed by Penn State and Harvard.

The men wrap up their competition Friday beginning with rounds four and five, which start at 6 a.m. PT. The semifinal and championship bouts follow at 10 a.m.

At nationals, fencers compete in five rounds of five-touch bouts run in a round-robin format. 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.

Women's bouts start Saturday. UC San Diego will be represented by sophomore epeeist Emily Beihold and sophomore sabreuse Miya Coimbra

UC San Diego placed 14th of 27 teams at the 2018 NCAA National Championships. 

Action can be followed with live scoring. In addition, all semifinals and finals will be broadcast live by ESPN3.

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