PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – The Duke men’s and women’s fencing squads traveled to Philadelphia to compete in the Philadelphia Invitational on the campus of the U of Penn. The men finished 4-1 on the day, while the women posted a 2-4 record.
The Blue Devil men picked up wins against Sacred Heart (22-5), Lafayette (26-1), Johns Hopkins (20-7) and NJIT (17-10) and were defeated by host school University of Penn (10-17). On the women’s side, Duke topped Johns Hopkins (17-10) and NJIT (24-3) and fell to Cornell (10-17), Temple (13-14) and U of Penn (10-17).
“Both teams did a great job this weekend,” said head coach Alex Beguinet. “Their fencing was much better than last weekend. They fought very hard, had a better team cohesion and their spirits were high. Overall, a great improvement from last weekend.”
The men’s squad was led by freshmen Duncan De Caire and Eoin Gronningsater. De Caire posted an 11-1 ledger in men’s saber on the day, leading the Blue Devils. After garnering ACC Male Fencer of the Week following his performance at the Penn State Duals, Gronningsater continued to excel on the strips. Gronningsater went 10-1, leading the foilists. Peter Yang registered a 10-2 record. Fellow foilist Jan Maceczek and saberist Pascual Di Tella added nine wins each, while Bryn Hammarberg, Aidan McGinnis, Will Feldman and Agoston Walter finished with eight victories.
Competing for the women, Haley Fisher led the Blue Devil saberists and women’s squad with an impressive 9-4 record, while ACC Co-Female Fencer of the Week, Lindsay Sapienza, went 8-5. Zuzu Tang and Jennifer Ling also tallied eight wins in Philadelphia while Claudia Wrampelmeier and Kristen Coury added seven.
Full team and individual results from the Philadelphia Invitational are listed below.
The Blue Devils will return to action Feb. 5 as they travel to Cambridge, Mass., for the Eric Sollee Invitational.
Duke Men (4-1)
Duke 22, Sacred Heart 5
Duke 26, Lafayette 1
U of Penn 17, Duke 10
Duke 20, Johns Hopkins 7
Duke 17, NJIT 10
Duke Women (2-4)
Duke 17, Johns Hopkins 10
Duke 24, NJIT 3
Cornell 17, Duke 10
Temple 14, Duke 13
U of Penn 17, Duke 10