STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – The Duke men’s and women’s fencing programs opened the 2017 campaign at the Penn State Duals Sunday with the men finishing 1-4 on the day, while the women posted a 2-4 record.
The Blue Devil men picked up wins against Columbia (16-13) and Haverford (21-6) and fell to the University of Penn (12-15), Penn State (9-18) and Yale (12-15). On the women’s side, Duke topped Haverford (27-0) and Yale (14-13) and were defeated by the University of Penn (12-15), Penn State (7-19) and Temple (11-16).
“As our first dual meet of the season, today's competition was a learning experience for this new team to fence together,” said head coach Alex Beguinet. “We fenced against very strong teams and our fencers did a great job, and we had a good performance against Columbia. For the freshmen, Lindsay Sapienza had a very good result as did Eoin Gronningsater.”
Freshman Eoin Gronningsater continued his impressive rookie campaign after posting a 10-4 ledger in Pennsylvania while junior Pascual Di Tella finished the first meet of the season 10-5. Rookie saberist Duncan De Caire hit the strips for the first time in his collegiate career and ended his day with an impressive 9-6 record, while the Blue Devils’ top epeeist last season, Bryn Hammarberg, rounded out his weekend 8-5. Junior Jan Maceczek posted a 7-4 ledger while Peter Yang went 6-5. Freshman Jonathan Schwartzman also made his collegiate debut this weekend and logged a 5-2 mark. Will Feldman, Connor Ghazaleh and Aidan McGinnis added three wins each, while Dakota Nollner and Agoston Walter finished with two wins.
Competing for the women, freshman Lindsay Sapienza led the Blue Devil saberists with an 12-6 record, while Duke’s top saberist of 2016, Haley Fisher, posted a 10-8 individual ledger to end the meet. Fellow rookie Zuzu Tang competed in her first collegiate competition and logged a 10-7 mark. Senior Julia Lee and sophomore Kristen Coury both captured eight victories on the day. Returning ACC Champion Jennifer Ling went 7-11 for the saber squad while sophomore Vivian Wang paced the epeeists with six victories. Sophomore Claudia Wrampelmeier added four wins for the epeeists while junior Sophie Caplin, sophomore Rhiannon Harvey and freshman Kendyl Bree totaled three wins each.
Full team and individual results from the Penn State Duals are listed below.
The Blue Devils will return to the state of Pennsylvania next weekend to compete in the Philadelphia Invitational Saturday, Jan. 21.
Duke Men (1-4)
Duke 21, Haverford 6
Columbia 14, Duke 13
University of Penn 15, Duke 12
Penn State 17, Duke 10
Yale 15, Duke 12
Duke Women (2-4)
Duke 27, Haverford 0
Duke 14, Yale 13
Columbia 20, Duke 7
University of Penn 20, Duke 7
Penn State 20, Duke 7
Temple 16, Duke 11