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Fencers Head to Kansas City for North American Cup

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KANSAS CITY - For its second competition of the fall, the University of California San Diego fencing team travels to Missouri for the North American Cup, which features some of the top NCAA and club fencers from around the nation. Action runs from Friday, Oct. 18, through Monday, Oct. 21, at the Kansas City Convention Center.

Competition will be held in Division I, Division II, cadet, and parafencing categories in each of the three weapons: epee, foil, and saber.

UC San Diego will be competing in all six Division I events as well as Division II Women's Foil. A total of 21 Tritons are in Kansas City.

The Division I fields include nearly 300 competitors in some events.

Many athletes will be battling for Olympic qualification points. With the U.S. Olympic Fencing Team to be named based on athlete finishes in the USA Fencing National Team Point Standings at the conclusion of the qualifying period in April, a top finish in Kansas City could help secure a berth on Team USA.

With 24 of the 27 members of the 2019 Senior World Team scheduled to fence in Kansas City, the October NAC also is expected to feature at least 18 Olympic and Senior World medalists.

All action can be followed with live results.

all times Pacific
Friday, Oct. 18

6 a.m. - Division I Men's Epee
6 a.m. - Division I Men's Saber

Saturday, Oct. 19
6 a.m. - Division II Women's Foil
11 a.m. - Division I Men's Foil

Sunday, Oct. 20
6 a.m. - Division I Women's Foil
6 a.m. - Division I Women's Epee

Monday, Oct. 21
6 a.m. Division I Women's Saber

Division I Men's Epee
(280 competitors)
Brandon Chien, UC San Diego
Ziad Khayat, UC San Diego
Vedran Markota, UC San Diego

Division I Men's Foil (277 competitors)
Aidan Chu, UC San Diego
Benjamin Hadler, UC San Diego
Nathan Jeon, UC San Diego
Rishi Ranadive, UC San Diego

Division I Men's Saber (187 competitors)
Syed Adam Emir Putra, UC San Diego
Shawn Kim, UC San Diego
Matthew Misogas, UC San Diego
Keegan Oster, UC San Diego
Justin Park, UC San Diego

Division I Women's Epee
(195 competitors)
Emily Beihold, UC San Diego
Amelia Harrison, UC San Diego
Emma Zmurk, UC San Diego

Division I Women's Foil (194 competitors)
Gayatri Bhanot, UC San Diego
Alyssa De La Cruz, UC San Diego
Konami Masui, UC San Diego

Division I Women's Saber (140 competitors)
Miya Coimbra, UC San Diego
Julia Hill, UC San Diego
Sarah Shen, UC San Diego

Division II Women's Foil (107 competitors)
Konami Masui, UC San Diego

UC San Diego concludes its early season slate by hosting its annual BladeRunner tournament, Nov. 23-24, at RIMAC Arena.

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