Dylan Nollner and women’s fencers Sean Cadley, Sarah Collins and Emily D’Agostino will compete in the 2013 NCAA Men’s and Women’s Fencing Championships this Thursday through Sunday, March 21-24, at Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio, Texas.DURHAM, N.C. – Duke men’s fencer
Nollner, the NCAA Mid-Atlantic/South Regional Champion, will compete in the men’s competition Thursday and Friday, while Cadley, Collins and D’Agostino fence Saturday and Sunday. The Duke fencing team has strung together three consecutive top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championship, the first such finishes in program history.
Duke has taken at least four fencers to the NCAA Championships in six consecutive seasons and has had at least two All-America selections every one of those seasons. Duke has taken at least one women’s fencer to 10 consecutive NCAA Championships and a men’s fencer to 18 straight national competitions. For only the fourth time in school history, Duke will take at least three women’s fencers to the national competition.
Nollner, a junior epee from Salt Lake City, Utah, will make his third consecutive appearance at the national competition. Nollner finished the regular season with an 18-13 record and won the Mid-Atlantic/South Regional for his third straight top-three finish at that event. Nollner has advanced to the NCAA Championship in each of his three years at Duke, finishing 22nd as a freshman and 15th as a sophomore.
Cadley, a senior saber from New York, N.Y., earned her first NCAA bid in her final season. After undergoing double knee surgery in the offseason, Cadley put together the best year of her career in 2013 with a 67-9 record to lead all Duke fencers in wins and winning percentage. Cadley, who owns a 183-47 career record, placed ninth at regionals this season.
Collins, a sophomore epee from Palm Harbor, Fla., will fence at the NCAA Championships for the second straight year following a sophomore campaign that included a 54-20 record and an eighth-place finish at regionals. A 13th-place finisher at last year’s national competition, Collins has amassed a 98-47 record in her first two seasons.
D’Agostino, a senior epee from Portland, Ore., will compete in her fourth consecutive NCAA Championship after placing fifth at regionals. A two-time All-America, D’Agostino is only the seventh Duke fencers – and third female – to advance to the NCAA Championship during all four seasons. She posted a 61-17 record in her final season to lead the Duke epees to a 23-3 record. D’Agostino has recorded NCAA finishes of 12th, 10th and 20th in her first three seasons.