CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – The sixth-ranked Duke fencing team kicked off the 2019 ACC Fencing Championships Saturday on the campus of Boston College. Maria Papadopoulos and Zoe Superville highlighted the action for the Blue Devils, each capturing bronze in the women’s epee and foil individual competition, respectively. Additionally, the men placed second in the team event.
Papadopoulos and Superville were the lone Blue Devils advancing to today’s semifinals. Papadopoulos garnered the No. 2 seed with 11 victories and faced the No. 3 seed Miriam Grady of Notre Dame in the semifinals. Papadopoulos barely fell to eventual gold-medalist Grady (15-13) before defeating Justine De Grasse of North Carolina (15-9) in the fence-off for third place.
Superville earned the No. 3 seed in the foil semifinals with 13 wins and faced the No. 2 seed Elyssa Kleiner of Notre Dame as she fell to Kleiner by a narrow margin (15-14). Superville then went on to defeat No. 4 seed Sabrina Massialas of Notre Dame (15-14) to take the bronze medal in her ACC Championship debut.
Freshman saberist Brenda Yang barely missed the semifinals as she collected 10 victories on the day.
After the completion of the women’s individual competition, the sixth-ranked Duke men took the strips for the team event and used a 2-1 record to place second in the standings behind only No. 1 Notre Dame. Duke started out the afternoon by downing North Carolina, 18-9, and Boston College, 19-8. This marks the Irish's fourth ACC title in the last five years.
Both the men’s epee and foil squads went 2-1 on the afternoon as the foil squad was led by Eoin Gronningsater and Brycen Rushing with seven and six wins, respectively. Bryn Hammarberg and Joe Choo led the epeeists with five wins each. Ben Stone highlighted the saber team with six victories.
Sunday will feature the reverse of Saturday’s schedule. The meet will continue with the men’s individual tournament at 7 a.m., followed by the women’s team championship at 12:30 p.m. ACC Network Extra will again broadcast the meet beginning with the individual championship bouts.
A complete look at Duke’s results from today’s competition can be found below:
Men’s Team (2-1)
No. 6 Duke def. North Carolina, 18-9
No. 6 Duke def. Boston College, 19-8
No. 1 Notre Dame def. No. 6 Duke, 20-7