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Seven Tritons earned All-WFC accolades Saturday.

David Hadler, Emma Zmurk Win Conference Titles


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PASADENA, Calif. - David Hadler and Emma Zmurk of the University of California San Diego won Western Fencing Conference (WFC) titles Saturday as the league's individual championships were contested at Caltech. The event also doubled as the NCAA West Regionals for the men and women.

Hadler, the tournament's third seed, topped the 13-competitor field to win the men's foil crown. In pool action, he posted an 11-1 record with a +28 indicator. Stanford's Lucas Orts was his closest competitor with a 9-3 record and a +19 indicator.

Hadler also won the conference foil championship in 2016. He placed second in 2017 and third in 2015.

Zmurk is the 2018 WFC champion in women's epee after finishing atop the 15-fencer list. Five fencers tied with five victories in the final pool, so the competition came down to indicators. Top-seeded Zmurk held a tournament-best +10, giving her the crown. Juliana Peceli of Incarnate Word was second with a +8.

UCSD's Taly Yukelson, a sophomore, and Emily Beihold, a freshman, tied completely in epee, so the duo fenced off for fourth place and the final All-WFC award. As time ran out, Beihold won 5-4 on a strong lunge.

Yukelson won the Western Fencing Conference epee championship as a freshman in 2017.

Four other Tritons earned all-conference honors for placing among the top four, including freshman Dana Chou (4th, women's saber), senior Erica Ho (2nd, women's foil), freshman Zach Kravitz (4th, men's epee), and sophomore Matthew Misogas (3rd, men's saber).

Selections for the NCAA Championships will be announced on Tuesday, March 13. Penn State will host nationals March 22-25.

Women's Epee (15 fencers)
1. Emma Zmurk, UCSD
2. Juliana Peceli, Incarnate Word
3. Amanda Han, Stanford
4. Emily Beihold, UCSD
5. Taly Yukelson, UCSD
8. Amelia Harrison, UCSD

Women's Foil (13 fencers)
1. Madeline Liao, Stanford
2. Erica Ho, UCSD
3. Mackensie Nechanicky, Air Force
4. Allison Wong, Air Force
5. Caitlyn Callaghan, UCSD
6. Konami Masui, UCSD
9. Lara Obedin, UCSD

Women's Saber (9 fencers)
1. Carly Weber-Levine, Stanford
2. Leanne Singleton-Comfort, Air Force
3. Rose Adams, Stanford
4. Dana Chou, UCSD
5. Miya Coimbra, UCSD
7. Charlotte Stender, UCSD
9. Monique Zhou, UCSD

Men's Epee (16 fencers)
1. Alexander Sless, Incarnate Word
2. Robin Cheong, Stanford
3. Sean Strong, Stanford
4. Zach Kravitz, UCSD
7. Ziad Khayat, UCSD
8. Luke Sirand, UCSD
12. Alex Okamoto, UCSD

Men's Foil (13 fencers)
1. David Hadler, UCSD
2. Lucas Orts, Stanford
3. Brian Swicegood, Air Force
4. Renars Blumentals, Incarnate Word
5. Dillon Cooke, UCSD
9. Zuhril Megat Zariman, UCSD
12. Brian Howard, UCSD

Men's Saber (9 fencers)
1. Royce Wang, Stanford
2. Matt Goode, Air Force
3. Matthew Misogas, UCSD
4. Mitchell So, Stanford
6. Evan George, UCSD
7. Kevin Lee, UCSD
8. Alexandre Leonelli, UCSD

* Top-four in each weapon named All-Western Fencing Conference


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