COLUMBUS, Ohio – Duke junior epee Jonathan Parker and senior foil Dorian Cohen earned All-America honors for their performance at the 2011 NCAA Fencing Championships and vaulted Duke into ninth place out of 24 teams at the event, hosted by Ohio State.
Parker turned in the best NCAA performance of his career with 13 wins and a seventh-place finish, and Cohen earned All-America recognition for the third time in his career with 12 victories and an 11th-place effort.
Parker, in his second NCAA appearance, scored a +17 touch differential for the fourth-best mark in the epee field. The Austin, Texas, native surrendered just 73 touches – the third fewest of any epee – on the way to a 13-10 record and became the first Duke epee since NCAA Champion Jeremy Kahn to earn All-America status.
Among Parker’s 13 victories were a 5-0 shutout over eventual NCAA Epee Champion Marat Israelian and a 5-2 win over runner-up Jonathan Yergler.
Cohen, in his fourth consecutive trip to nationals, carded a 12-11 record to become only the second fencer in school history to earn All-America honors three times. The native of Brooklyn, N.Y., is also only the fifth fencer to qualify for nationals four times.
With the men’s round complete, Duke women’s fencers Becca Ward and Emily D'Agostino will now begin their trek toward the NCAA Finals on Saturday, March 26, at 10 a.m. Ward, who won the 2009 NCAA Saber Championship and has reached the finals in both of her NCAA appearances, and D’Agostino, who was an All-America as a freshman, will fence their first four rounds on Saturday and the final three on Sunday.