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Dylan Nollner & Alessio Santoro
Nollner & Santoro Finish 2nd & 3rd at Regionals
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 03/08/2014
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DURHAM, N.C. – Duke men’s epeeists Dylan Nollner and Alessio Santoro took two of the top three spots at the 2014 NCAA Mid-Atlantic/South Regional Saturday at Lafayette College, and eight other Blue Devils secured top-10 finishes.

Nollner, who won the event in 2013, placed second while Santoro took third. The epee duo advanced to the round of 12 where Nollner tied Princeton’s Jack Hudson with eight victories to force a sudden death tie-breaker. However, it was Hudson who scored the winning touch in the championship playoff to take home first place. Santoro, meanwhile, cruised to seven wins and a round-best +17 touch differential to lock up third place.

Nollner’s second-place finish was his fourth consecutive top-four finish at the regional event, putting him in line to advance to the NCAA Championship for the fourth straight season. Nollner placed fifth at last year’s national championship to earn All-America honors.

Santoro’s career day came on the heels of a regular season in which he logged a 52-22 record to tie for the second-most wins on the team and the most of any Duke men’s epee. The postseason showing was a career best for the Delray Beach, Fla., senior, who took 21st in his only other visit to the regional meet.

The top regional finishers from each weapon, including Nollner and Santoro, have a chance to advance to the NCAA Championships on March 20-23 in Columbus, Ohio. The NCAA will announce the advancing fencers and seedings no later than Tuesday, March 11.

Also netting top-10 finishes were men’s foils Joseph Lam (8th) and Chris Sullivan (10th), men’s saber Christopher Monti (9th) and Eugene Chung (10th), women’s epee Isabella Barna (10th) and women’s saber Kodia Baye-Cigna (9th). Lam, Monti and Barna were all freshmen competing in their first regional competition, while Sullivan and Baye-Cigna were both seniors competing in their final NCAA postseason.

Chung’s 10th-place finish was a career best, as were those of fellow saber Charles Copti (11th), foilists Sullivan and Rod Shayesteh (11th) and sabers Chung, Charles Copti (11th). On the women’s side, senior Anisha Mukherjee logged a career-best 13th-place showing, while Baye-Cigna clocked in at a career-best ninth place.

Mid-Atlantic/South Regionals
March 8, 2014
Lafayette College, Pa. (Lafayette)
Duke Results

Men’s Epee
2. Dylan Nollner
3. Alessio Santoro
22. Edward Chen
27. Jacob Wiener

Men’s Foil
8. Joseph Lam
10. Chris Sullivan
11. Rod Shayesteh
19. Alexander Szilagyi

Men’s Saber
9. Christopher Monti
10. Eugene Chung
11. Charles Copti
21. Nick Carothers

Women’s Epee
10. Isabella Barna
12. Sarah Collins
21. Rita Somogyi

Women’s Foil
13. Anisha Mukherjee
23. Julia Lee
25. Samantha Lee

Women’s Saber
9. Kodia Baye-Cigna
19. Angelica Hubbard