DURHAM, N.C. – The Duke fencing team will compete in its final North American Cup (NAC) before the regular season kicks off this weekend in Virginia Beach, Va. Representing the 2017-18 squad Friday through Sunday will be seniors Alec Ajnsztajn (epee), Bryn Hammarberg (epee), Dakota Nollner (epee), Jan Maceczek (foil) and Pascual Di Tella (saber), sophomores Aidan McGinnis (epee), Eoin Gronningsater (foil), Ben Stone (saber) and Lindsay Sapienza (saber) and freshman Maria Papadopoulos (epee), Julia Gianneschi (foil), Brycen Rushing (foil) and Gabrielle Zegers (saber).
Gianneschi will kick off competition for the Blue Devils on Friday, competing in Division I Women’s Foil. Registration will end at 8 a.m., before Ajnsztajn, Hammarberg, McGinnis and Nollner take the strips Friday afternoon in Division I Men’s Epee.
The men’s saber squad will compete Saturday morning and is highlighted by Di Tella garnering the No. 10 seed out of 221. Di Tella is coming off an impressive junior campaign as he was named ACC Men’s Fencing Scholar-Athlete of the Year, ACC Men’s Fencer of the Year for Saber and captured gold in the individual portion of the men’s saber competition at the ACC Championships.
Stone will join Di Tella Saturday morning as the 29th seed.
Division I Women’s Saber and Division I Men’s Foil will compete Sunday morning in Virginia Beach, with registration ending at 8 a.m., for both events. Gronningsater enters the weekend seeded 30th out of 295 and looks to continue his successful rookie campaign as a sophomore. Gronningsater led the men’s foil squad with a 43-9 record and finished one spot short of All-America status at NCAAs. Maceczek and Rushing will join Gronningsater and are seeded 76th and 123rd, respectively.
Sapienza will hit the strips for the first time this season this weekend as the 80th seed out of 161 and will be joined by Zegers, the 124th seed.
Papadopoulos will round out Duke’s time in Virginia Beach Sunday afternoon in Division I Women’s Epee and is seeded No. 95.
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