COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Blue Devils rounded out their final competition before the regular season starts over the weekend in Columbus, Ohio at the North American Cup (NAC), hosted by the United States Fencing Association.
"Overall good showing this past weekend from our fencers who participated in the January NAC,” said head coach Alex Beguinet. “It was a good warm up for our first event coming up this weekend. Congratulations to Ben Stone on his 10th-place finish in Division I Men's Saber!”
Freshman Stone hit the strips hard on Monday and posted a 10th-place finish for his efforts in Division I Men’s Saber. Stone registered a perfect 5-0 ledger in pool play before earning a bye in the table of 256. Stone fell to eventual sixth-place competitor Peter Souders in the table of 16.
Haley Fisher kicked off competition for the Blue Devils Friday in Division I Women’s Saber and posted a 6-0 record in pool play. Fisher earned a bye in the table of 128 and finished competition in the table of 32 and earned 18th on the weekend.
Freshmen Lindsay Sapienza and Jessica Whang ended 55th and 50th, respectively. Sapienza went 3-3 in pools and ended her run in the table of 64, falling to eventual fifth-place Anne-Elizabeth Stone. Whang compiled a 2-4 ledger, took down one opponent and finished in the table of 64.
Saturday brought Division I Men’s Epee to the strips, highlighted by Dakota Nollner’s 35th-place finish after going 3-3 in pools.
Bryn Hammarberg went 4-2 in pools and won three straight bouts before ending in the table of 64. Hammarberg finished his final NAC 41st. Alec Ajnsztajn reeled off a perfect 5-0 record in pool play and completed his time in Columbus in 103rd-place. Freshman Aidan McGinnis went 1-5 in pools and finished in 282nd place.
Kendyl Bree was Duke’s lone fencer in Division I Women’s Epee and posted a 3-3 record in pool play and ended the day No. 103.
Junior Jan Maceczek completed his time in Columbus in 47th-place after going 5-1 in pools and earning a bye in the table of 256 in Division I Men’s Foil.
Freshmen Duncan De Caire and Agoston Walter competed in Division I Men’s Saber and finished 39th and 47th, respectively. Both earned a bye in the table of 256 after De Caire secured a 5-1 mark in pools and Walter recorded a 4-2 ledger.
“We are all excited to start our season with our traditional opening meet at Penn State,” Beguinet said. “They are great hosts and we will have good schools to compete against. I know the team is ready to go!"
A complete list of results from this weekend can be found below.
Duke will kick off their season Sunday, Jan. 15, at the Penn State Duals, hosted by Penn State.
Division I Women’s Epee (163 Entries)
103. Kendyl Bree
Division I Men’s Foil (257 Entries)
47. Jan Maceczek