DURHAM, N.C. – For just the fourth time in Duke fencing history, a Blue Devil has received Google Cloud Academic All-America recognition as recent graduate Pascual Di Tella was selected by a vote by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) as announced Thursday.
Di Tella joins third team standouts Dorian Cohen (2011) and Peter Truszkowski (2009) and is the first selection since three-time NCAA Champion Becca Ward received first team accolades in 2012. Di Tella joins fellow Blue Devil Leona Maguire of the women’s golf team as a second team honoree.
A native of Vincente Lopez, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Di Tella is one of the most decorated Blue Devils in recent fencing history. Di Tella rounded out his stellar campaign as a Blue Devil with a 10th-place finish in men’s saber at his fourth NCAA Championship appearance, collecting his second All-America accolade in a Duke lamé. He is just the fifth Blue Devil to capture All-America honors as a saberist and only the second to receive the honor more than once.
Di Tella helped the Duke men’s fencing team make history as they captured its first ACC team title in February at the 2018 ACC Championship.
Throughout his career, Di Tella was a three-time ACC Fencer of the Year, the 2017 ACC Champion, the 2017 ACC Men’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year and qualified for NCAAs and NCAA Mid-Atlantic/South Regional four times. Di Tella won 78.0 percent of his career bouts (163-46) and notched a silver and bronze medal at the ACC Championship, in addition to gold.
Di Tella graduated from Duke in May with a double major in Political Science and Philosophy and a Philosophy, Politics and Economics Certificate and is a four-time All-ACC Academic selection.