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Bryn Hammarberg
Hammarberg Collects All-America Honors in Men‘s Epee
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 03/24/2017
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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Sophomore Bryn Hammarberg secured All-America honors with a 10th-place finish in men’s epee Friday afternoon at the NCAA Fencing Championships in Indianapolis, Ind.

With the men’s events completed, the Blue Devils head into the women’s half of the championship in eighth place in the team standings with 56 points.

Notre Dame continues to lead the way with 86 points, followed by Ohio State (86), Columbia/Bernard (77), St. John’s (75) and Harvard (73) to round out the top five.

"We saw some very, very good fencing from our guys yesterday and today,” said head coach Alex Beguinet. “The fields in all three weapons this year were so closely matched that three touches scored has made the difference between 9th place and 14th place. It's been a rollercoaster these last two days.  The men fencers will be returning with new goals and skills to work on over the next few months. Understandably, they are disappointed in their final placements, however, since none are seniors, all of them will have the opportunity to try again next year!”

Hammarberg, who finished the first day of competition in 17th place with seven victories, closed out the final day strong, winning six of his eight bouts. Hammarberg notched 10th place with 13 wins, besting his 14th-place finish one year ago.

Rookies Duncan De Caire and Eoin Gronningsater were just shy of claiming All-America accolades as they each finished 13th in their respective weapons. De Caire entered Friday’s competition in eighth place in men’s saber and won three bouts today to finish 13th. Gronningsater secured five wins today in men’s foil to jump four spots after wrapping up Thursday’s pool play in 17th.

Freshman Jonathan Schwartzman tallied four wins in men’s foil during today’s competition and placed 14th overall while Pascual Di Tella wrapped up his junior year in 21st place in men’s saber.

“Now, we are getting ready for the two days of the women's event, which start tomorrow at 9 am,” Beguinet said.

With the men’s portion of the NCAA Championships concluded, the women will hit the strips Saturday and Sunday to round out the collegiate season. Representing Duke will be senior Julia Lee, sophomore Camille Esnault and freshman Lindsay Sapienza.