DURHAM, N.C. - The Duke fencing team will send 20 fencers to the NCAA Mid-Atlantic/South Regional in Easton, Pa., at Lafayette College Saturday in the precursor to the NCAA Fencing Championship.
The Blue Devils will take multiple fencers in every weapon, including five men's sabers and four men's epees. Among those competing Saturday will be 2012 NCAA men's participants Dylan Nollner and Anthony Lin and women's participants Emily D'Agostino and Sarah Collins. Nollner, Lin and D'Agostino have all made multiple trips to the NCAA Championships with D'Agostino twice earning All-America honors.
Duke has sent at least five fencers to the NCAA Championship in each of the last four seasons and placed among the top 10 as a team in each of those years.
Lin has the most postseason experience of any Duke men's fencer, having advanced past the regional round in each of his previous three seasons. Lin has finished no lower than eighth in any of his previous three NCAA Regional appearances and enters this year's tournament with a 41-14 record. Freshman saber Charles Copti also has momentum going into the regional round after leading the Duke sabers with a 45-22 record.
Nollner has also advanced past the regional round in each of his first two seasons. A silver medalist at the 2012 Junior Olympics, Nollner is 18-13 on the season as the leader of a Duke epee squad that went 16-8. Joining Nollner from the epees will be squad wins leader Josiah Brown (43-23) and junior Alessio Santoro (30-10).
Attempting to earn her first NCAA bid will be senior women's saber Sean Cadley, who overcame offseason knee surgery to put together the best season of her career. Cadley leads Duke with a 67-9 record and will look to build on two consecutive top-10 finishes at the Mid-Atlantic/South Regional. She and fellow saber Kodia Baye-Cigna carried the women's saber squad to a 20-6 record this season with a combined 121-31 record.
D'Agostino brings a 61-17 record into the women's epee competition in search of her fourth straight NCAA bid. Also representing the women's epees will be Collins (54-20), who placed fourth in the 2012 NCAA Regional as a freshman, and Duke newcomer Isabella Barna (49-17). Those three guided the Duke women's epees to a 23-3 record.
March 9, 2013
Easton, Pa. (Lafayette College)