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Sophomore Emily Beihold is competing at nationals for the second time.

UC San Diego Women Begin Competition at NCAA Fencing Championships


CLEVELAND - Two University of California San Diego student-athletes were in action Saturday as women's competition kicked off at the 2019 NCAA Fencing Championships at Cleveland State University.

Following three rounds of bouts at Wolstein Arena, Emily Beihold is in 11th place in Epee and Miya Coimbra (San Diego/Canyon Crest Academy) is 19th in Sabre. Both weapons feature 24-fencer fields.

A sophomore, Beihold went 8-7 on the day with a +4 indicator, scoring 60 touches with 56 touches against. She recorded victories against foes from Air Force, Duke (2), Notre Dame (2), Penn State (2), and Princeton.

Beihold competed at nationals as a freshman in 2018, placing 20th in Epee.

Coimbra posted a 5-10 record, compiling a -17 indicator with 44 touches scored and 61 touches against. Also a sophomore, she had wins against Cornell, St. John's, Stanford, Temple, and Yale.

Coimbra is the reigning West Region Sabre Champion, winning the title on March 10 in La Jolla.

Women's rounds four and five, semifinals, and finals take place Sunday starting at 6 a.m. Pacific. Action can be followed with live scoring. In addition, the semifinals and finals will be broadcast live by ESPN3.

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.

UC San Diego had three men competing Thursday and Friday. Sophomore Ziad Khayat finished seventh in Epee, freshman Benjamin Hadler took 12th in Foil, and freshman Syed Adam Emir Putra was 23rd in Sabre. Khayat's finish was the best ever for a Triton male at nationals. He and Hadler earned All-America honors for placing among the top-12 in the 24-fencer fields.

After three total days of competition, UC San Diego is in 12th among 26 teams with a total of 43 points. Columbia/Barnard leads the field with 143 points, while Penn State (139) is second and Notre Dame (135) is third. 

The Tritons placed 14th of 27 teams at the 2018 NCAA National Championships. 


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