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Miya Coimbra and Emily Beihold

Beihold Finishes as All-American, Tritons 13th at NCAA Championships


CLEVELAND - The 2019 NCAA Fencing Championships concluded Sunday with the University of California San Diego placing 13th of 26 teams and epeeist Emily Beihold finishing with All-America honors.

Beihold placed 12th of 24 competitors to earn her All-American title. In addition, Miya Coimbra (San Diego/Canyon Crest Academy) was 22nd in Women's Sabre. Beihold and Coimbra are both sophomores.

UC San Diego's 13th-place showing matched the program's best. The Tritons took 13th in 2008 with six competitors. This season, they did it with just five qualifiers.

Beihold went 12-11 over two days and five rounds of bouts. She held an even indicator, scoring 92 touches with 92 touches against. Beihold recorded victories against fencers from Air Force, Cornell, Duke (2), Northwestern, Notre Dame (2), Penn State (2), Princeton, and St. John's (2). She defeated three of the four competitors that went on to advance to the semifinals, including Notre Dame's Amanda Sirico, who finished as the national runner-up. 

“I’m very happy with my result and I can definitely see an improvement from last year," said Beihold, who finished 20th in Epee as a freshman at last year's NCAA Championships. "I beat three of the top four finishers, so it was nice to see that I belonged there, especially after being an at-large selection."

Coimbra posted a 6-17 record, compiling a -40 indicator with 59 touches scored and 99 touches against. She had wins against Cornell, North Carolina, St. John's, Stanford, Temple, and Yale.

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

“It was a really great experience and I definitely learned a lot," said Coimbra. "There were some bouts that were disappointing but some that were surprising as well. Overall, it was really fun.”

Two fencers from Columbia/Barnard left with national titles Sunday as Anne Cebula won Epee and Sylvie Binder won Foil. The Sabre national championship went to Karolina Cieslar of St. John's.

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.

"Having three All-Americans and some of the best results in the history of our program is the reward for the hard work of everybody on the team," said UC San Diego head coach Juan Ignacio Calderon. "We are on a mission and this is a great first step of the many we need to take to become one of the top programs in the country."

Columbia/Barnard won the team championship with 178 points. Penn State (166) finished second and Notre Dame (165), the 2018 champion, was a close third. UC San Diego totaled 48 points. 

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.

Cleveland State University hosted the 2019 NCAA Fencing Championships at the Wolstein Center. 


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