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Duke Concludes Regular Season at Junior Olympics
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 02/18/2017
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 KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Duke fencing team wrapped up regular season competition over the weekend at the Junior Olympic Fencing Championships in Kansas City, Mo.

Freshmen Duncan De Caire, Eoin Gronningsater, Aidan McGinnis, Ben Stone and Agoston Walter represented the Blue Devils in their final competition before returning home to host the ACC Championships.

McGinnis kicked off the weekend for Duke Friday in Junior Men’s Epee. After coming off a 4-5 showing last weekend at the Duke Meet, McGinnis looked to improve and posted a 2-4 ledger in pool play. McGinnis won two straight bouts in direct elimination and finished the afternoon No. 61.

De Caire and Walter hit the strips in Junior Men’s Saber Saturday morning and received perfect 6-0 records after pool play concluded. De Caire earned a bye in the table of 256 and reeled off two wins before ending in the table of 32 to garner 24th place. Walter also received a bye in direct elimination play and secured three straight victories before falling to eventual fifth-place finisher Filip Dolegiewicz. Walter concluded the weekend in 12th place.

Also competing in Junior Men’s Saber was Stone who tied for 109th-place after going 3-3 in pool play.

Gronningsater wrapped up Duke’s time in Kansas City Saturday evening in Junior Men’s Foil and earned a spot on the podium as he tied for third place. Gronningsater tallied a 5-1 record in pool play and reeled off multiple victories before falling to fellow medalist Marcello Olivares.

The Blue Devils will be back in action Feb. 25-26 as they host the ACC Championships in historic Cameron Indoor Stadium.