SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Senior saber Sean Cadley placed 16th, senior epee Emily D'Agostino took 17th and sophomore epee Sarah Collins placed 18th on the final day of the NCAA Women’s Fencing Championship at Freeman Coliseum.
Duke’s women’s trio combined to give Duke 27 points in the team standings which was enough to bump the Blue Devils into 12th place out of the 25 competing teams in the tournament. Along with 15 points from All-America men’s epee Dylan Nollner in the men’s competition, Duke posted 42 points to finish two points behind Northwestern for 11th place and three behind Yale for 10th.
Cadley, in her first trip to the national championship, finished 10-13 to lead the Blue Devil women’s trio in wins. The performance came on the heels of a dominant regular season in which she went 67-9 to set career highs in wins and winning percentage.
D’Agostino, a two-time All-America, went 9-14 in her fourth straight trip to the NCAA Championships. She only the seventh Duke fencer – and third female – to advance to the NCAA Championship during all four seasons. Collins, meanwhile, went 8-15 in her second trip to the national championship.
The NCAA Championship signals the end of the collegiate season for Duke fencing. The Blue Devils advanced four fencers to the NCAA Championship and turned in a top-12 finish for the fourth consecutive season.