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Fencing Faces Two National Powerhouses at Home Meet
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 02/08/2013
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DURHAM, N.C. - Penn State and Notre Dame, two of the powerhouses of collegiate fencing, come to Durham, N.C., this weekend to compete in the annual Duke Fencing Home Meet, set for this Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 9-10 in Card Gym. Fencing begins at 8 a.m. both days, with the men's teams fencing Saturday and the women Sunday. Admission to the event is free.

Both days of the Duke Fencing Home Meet will also air live on the Blue Devil Network on To access the video stream, visit the URL below:

In addition to Penn State and Notre Dame, which have combined for 16 NCAA Championships since 1990, the Duke men and women will host North Carolina and Wayne State. The Duke men will also face Johns Hopkins, while the women will fence Northwestern. MIT was slated to compete in both the men's and women's competitions, but withdrew on Thursday due to travel limitations related to the winter storm moving into the northeast.

Both Duke squads are coming off dominant performances at the MIT Duals last weekend where the women finished with a perfect 6-0 record and the men went 5-1. The Duke women boast a veteran squad that includes four senior starters and seven upperclassmen making up the top nine fencers. From that group, senior saber Sean Cadley leads the way with a 50-1 record while fellow saber Kodia Baye-Cigna is 40-11. Those two have carried the saber squad to a 13-4 record despite being the only two saber-experienced fencers on Duke's roster.

The Duke women's epees have been near perfect, posting a 16-1 record thanks to the efforts of senior captain Emily D'Agostino (42-9), sophomore Sarah Collins (38-13) and freshman Isabella Barna (41-10). The epees were undefeated until last weekend when they suffered their first loss at the MIT Duals, a one-point decision to Brown.

The Duke men enter the weekend 10-5 on the season after a 5-1 showing at the MIT Duals. The Blue Devils have succeeded on the strength of the sabers (13-2) and epees (12-3) so far and are led in wins by freshman saber Charles Copti (35-9). Copti and senior captain Anthony Lin (28-10) led the sabers to a 5-1 showing at the MIT Duals last weekend.

On the epee squad, Brown leads the way with 31 victories while Edward Chen has turned in a 29-10 record. Junior Dylan Nollner, the 2012 Junior Olympic U-20 silver medalist, will take the strip with an 8-4 record on the year.

Bout-by-bout schedules for each day are attached as PDFs.