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Tritons Dominant at San Diego Cup

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SAN DIEGO - The University of California San Diego fencing team opened its fall season Sunday at the San Diego Cup at Cathedral Catholic High School. The dominant Tritons came away with wins in four of the six weapons.

On the men's side, junior Ziad Khayat took first in Senior Epee, while freshman Shawn Kim was victorious in Senior Saber. For the women, junior Emily Beihold topped the field in Senior Epee and sophomore Julia Hill won in Senior Saber.

Overall, UC San Diego fencers earned 14 podium finishes, seven for the women and seven for the men.

Freshman Alexandra Brondum placed second in Senior Foil and classmate Sarah Shen was second in Senior Saber. Junior Dana Chou tied for third in Senior Saber, freshman Alyssa De La Cruz tied for third in Senior Foil, and junior Emma Zmurk tied for third in Senior Epee.

Freshman Rishi Ranadive placed second in Senior Foil, while sophomore Benjamin Hadler and junior Brandon Lee tied for third in that weapon. Senior Scott Phillips placed third in Senior Epee and sophomore Justin Park tied for third in Senior Saber.

UC San Diego is next in action at the North American Cup, which runs Oct. 18-21 in Kansas City, Mo.

Senior Men's Epee (41 competitors)
1. Ziad Khayat, UC San Diego
2. Zikun Wei, No Fear
T3. Scott Phillips, UC San Diego
T3. Arturo Rangel-Alvarez, CAR
5. Brandon Chien, UC San Diego
7. Verdan Markota, UC San Diego
10. Justin Phen, UC San Diego

Senior Men's Foil (25 competitors)
1. Brian Ko, EIFC
2. Rishi Ranadive, UC San Diego
T3. Brandon Lee, UC San Diego
T3. Benjamin Hadler, UC San Diego
7. Aidan Chu, UC San Diego
13. Nathan Jeon, UC San Diego
17. Damanjit Heer, UC San Diego

Senior Men's Saber (32 competitors)
1. Shawn Kim, UC San Diego
2. Aaron Villasenor, SDFC
T3. Justin Park, UC San Diego
T3. Adrian Villasenor, SDFC
6. Keegan Oster, UC San Diego
7. Alexandre Leonelli, UC San Diego
8. Justin Cho, UC San Diego
9. Matthew Misogas, UC San Diego
10. Syed Adam Emir Putra, UC San Diego
14. Kevin Lee, UC San Diego

Senior Women's Epee (21 competitors)
1. Emily Beihold, UC San Diego
2. Susan Michelle Vargas, SDFC
T3. Karen Bei, TTFC
T3. Emma Zmurk, UC San Diego
5. Amelia Harrison, UC San Diego
11. Ariane Mohabir, UC San Diego
12. Ishani Sikdar, UC San Diego
13. Avery Coble, UC San Diego
17. Ying Tsz Lee, UC San Diego

Senior Women's Foil (15 competitors)
1. Nicole Pustilnik, TTFC
2. Alexandra Brondum, UC San Diego
T3. Alyssa De La Cruz, UC San Diego
T3. Claire Iben, Precision
5. Erica Kuen, UC San Diego
6. Konami Masui, UC San Diego
7. Gayatri Bhanot, UC San Diego
9. Joanne Luong, UC San Diego
10. Lara Obedin, UC San Diego

Senior Women's Saber (15 competitors)
1. Julia Hill, UC San Diego
2. Sarah Shen, UC San Diego
T3. Audrey Chan, Laguna
T3. Dana Chou, UC San Diego
6. Miya Coimbra, UC San Diego
7. Erin Lee, UC San Diego
10. Maya Desai, UC San Diego
11. Mohini Iyer, UC San Diego

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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, begin a four-year transition into full Division I status as a member of the Big West Conference. UC San Diego scholar-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 82 Tritons have earned Academic All-America honors, while 37 have earned prestigious NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarships. In competition, almost 1,400 UC San Diego scholar-athletes have earned All-America honors.

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