DURHAM, N.C. – The Duke men’s and women’s fencing programs are set to host the 2017 ACC Fencing Championships Saturday, Feb. 25-26 in historic Cameron Indoor Stadium on the campus of Duke University.
SETTING THE SCENE
- This will be the third ACC Fencing Championships since fencing returned as an ACC sponsored sport, with Notre Dame winning both the men’s and women’s championships in each of the past two years.
- The Duke men hold a 16-5 record while the women are 15-8 and will fence against Notre Dame, North Carolina and Boston College for the ACC title.
- The Blue Devil squads are 3-0 against conference opponents during the 2017 campaign, picking up wins over North Carolina and Boston College twice.
- In addition to the team competition, an individual tournament will also be held to crown a champion in each weapon.
- The meet will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday with the women’s individual competition, followed by the men’s team event starting at 1:30 p.m. Sunday will feature the opposite, with the men’s individual tournament beginning at 7 a.m. and the women’s team event kicking off at 12:30 p.m.
- Live coverage will be available on ESPN3 starting at 12:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 11:30 a.m. and will include the individual championship bouts and continue through the entire team events.
IN THE RANKINGS
- The Duke men enter the weekend ranked ninth in the national rankings followed by the fourth-ranked Notre Dame men, with North Carolina and Boston College receiving votes.
- On the women’s side, Notre Dame is ranked No. 3 in the country followed by No. 10 Duke. North Carolina and Boston College also received votes.
A LOOK BACK AT 2016
- Both Blue Devil teams finished second in the team standings at the 2016 ACC Fencing Championships with 2-1 records, placing only behind Notre Dame.
- Saberist Jennifer Ling captured gold and All-ACC recognition in the women’s individual tournament for the first time since 1973.
- Dakota Nollner secured silver and All-ACC accolades in epee and Haley Fisher took bronze in saber.
- Lindsay Sapienza, Fisher and Ling have each posted 40+ wins this season heading into the weekend. Fisher owns a 46-18 record to lead the women while Ling and Sapienza have recorded 43 wins apiece.
- Rookie Duncan De Caire owns a season record of 42-16 after four meets followed by Pascual Di Tella (36-8) and Peter Yang (35-12).
- Women’s freshman foilist Zuzu Tang has registered a 37-18 record during her rookie season in Durham, leading all Duke foilists. Sophomore Kristen Coury ranks second on the women’s foil squad with 31 victories.
- The men’s foil team has seen great success this campaign with four student-athletes tallying 30+ wins. Freshman Eoin Gronningsater leads the squad with a 37-6 ledger with fellow classmate Jonathan Schwartzman close behind with a 35-8 record. Will Feldman and Jan Maceczek round out the team with 31 and 30 wins, respectively.
- Bryn Hammarberg heads the men’s epee squad with 35 victories and Vivian Wang paces the women with 25 wins.
General public parking will be available in Science Drive Garage (302 Science Drive, Durham, N.C.) located off NC 751/Cameron Blvd. All guests should use the garage main entrance off of NC 751 between Erwin Road and Science Drive for entry. Look for the general public parking signs marking the entrance. There is no charge to park. Science Drive Garage will open 2 hours prior to the start of competition each day.