LA JOLLA, Calif. - Five University of California San Diego student-athletes are heading to Pennsylvania to compete at the National Collegiate Fencing Championships.
On the women's side, three Tritons will represent UC San Diego including epeeists Emily Beihold and Emma Zmurk, as well as foilist Konami Masui. Competing for the men will be David Hadler in foil and Zach Kravitz in epee.
Penn State University will host the 2018 National Collegiate Fencing Championships at the Multi-Sport Facility in University Park, Pa., March 22-25. Six NCAA individual champions will be crowned (men’s epee, men’s foil, men’s sabre, women’s epee, women’s foil, and women’s sabre) as well as a combined team champion.
A senior, this is Hadler's fourth trip to nationals. In 2017 as a junior, he placed a career-best 10th in foil, earning All-America accolades. As a freshman in 2015, he finished 14th, while he was 20th as a sophomore in 2016. Hadler earned a spot in this year's championship by topping the field at the NCAA West Regional on March 10 at Caltech. That victory also gave him his second career Western Fencing Conference (WFC) foil title.
UCSD's other four qualifiers are freshmen.
Zmurk secured her berth in the national championship by winning the women's epee event at the NCAA West Regional. The top seed at the tournament, she held a +10 indicator to win her first WFC crown.
Beihold also punched her ticket to the National Collegiate Championships due to her strong showing at the regional in Pasadena. She placed fourth in epee - earning All-WFC honors - by recording a 5-4 win in a fence-off against teammate Taly Yukelson.
Kravitz and Masui are at-large selections, qualifying for nationals after posting solid results throughout the season.
Most recently, Kravitz was tabbed All-Western Fencing Conference after taking fourth in epee at the NCAA West Regional. In early November, he finished on top of a 90-fencer Senior Epee field at UC San Diego's BladeRunner tourney. Kravitz racked up an impressive 11-2 record during the Western Invitational at Stanford in January.
Masui was sixth in Senior Foil at BladeRunner as well as the Tritons' top finisher in Division I Foil and Junior Foil at January's North American Cup in Virginia Beach. Competing against many of the top fencers in the country, she boasted a 10-5 record at the Northwestern Invitational in February.
The five selections are the most for UC San Diego since the same number of Tritons qualified in 2009. UCSD sent six competitors to nationals in 2008.
At the National Collegiate Championships, fencers will compete in a round-robin format of five-touch bouts. After the round-robin, the top-four finishers in each weapon will fence in semifinal 15-touch bouts, with the winners facing off to determine first and second places, and the non-advancing fencers being awarded a tie for third place. An institution’s place finish in the championships will be based on points earned by each individual. A team will be awarded one point for each victory by its student-athletes for the duration of the championships.
Last season, UC San Diego finished 14th of 27 teams. Yukelson joined Hadler as an All-American after placing sixth in epee. Notre Dame won the 2017 team title.
The UCSD men and women are receiving votes in the most recent CollegeFencing360.com national poll.
Penn State is hosting the championships for the first time since 2009 and the third time overall since 1991.
The four-day event features a number of ticketing options for fans.
Adult all-session tickets may be purchased online at Ticketmaster or from the Penn State Athletics Ticket Office (1-800-NITTANY, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. ET) or in person at the Penn State Athletics Ticket Office at the Bryce Jordan Center (Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. ET). The adult all-session ticket price is $20 per person.
Youth or student all-session tickets are available from the Penn State Athletics Ticket Office (1-800-NITTANY Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. ET) or in person at the Penn State Athletics Ticket Office at the Bryce Jordan Center (Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. ET). Youth all session tickets are $14.
Single-session tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for youth or students, and $4 for group passes. All single-session tickets are only available at the door on each event day.
For full information about the event as well as live scoring, visit TOURNAMENT CENTRAL.