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Duke Fencers Head to NCAA Championship
Tuesday 03/21/2012  -  Duke Sports Information
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DURHAM, N.C. - Six Duke fencers will participate in the 2012 National Collegiate Men's and Women's Fencing Championships, March 22-25, in Columbus, Ohio at Ohio State's  French Field House.

Among Duke's selections were two-time NCAA Saber Champion Becca Ward, men's epees Dylan Nollner and Tristan Jones, women's epees Sarah Collins and Emily D'Agostino and men's saber Anthony Lin with Jonathan Parker serving as an alternate for Nollner and Jones.

Ward enters the NCAA Championship after winning her fourth consecutive Mid-Atlantic/South Regional Championships. A senior and native of Portland, Ore., Ward will have the opportunity to vie for her third national championship.

Fellow women's fencer and two-time All American epee Emily D'Agostino will be making her third consecutive NCAA Championship appearance after notching her third straight top-10 regional finish.

On the men's side, Lin, who has placed in the top 10 in all three of his regional trips, earned his third straight trip to the NCAAs, while Duke's epee trio of Nollner, Jones and Parker all will be making their second NCAA appearance.

The Blue Devils have sent at least three fencers to the NCAA Championships in 12 consecutive seasons and, for only the second time in school history, Duke will send two women's epees to the tournament.

The NCAA Championships will include individual events in each of the six weapons (men's foil, men's epee, men's sabre, women's foil, women's epee, women's sabre).

Live coverage will be provided by ESPN3 and on the WatchESPN app. An hour long, documentary-style highlight show of the National Collegiate Men's and Women's Fencing Championships will be shown on ESPNU at 11 a.m. ET March 31.

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