VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – The Duke fencing team concluded its preseason slate over the weekend at the January North American Cup (NAC), hosted by the United States Fencing Association in Virginia Beach, Va. The weekend was highlighted by junior Bryn Hammarberg’s top-25 performance in Division I Men’s Epee.
Hammarberg, a 2017 All-American, finished in 22nd place over the weekend in epee after posting a 4-2 ledger in pool play. The Maplewood, N.J., native fell to eventual fifth-place finisher Iliya Mechkov in the table of 32.
Sophomore Lindsay Sapienza hit the strips for the first time during the pre-season this weekend and placed 36th in Division I Women’s Saber. Sapienza posted a 5-1 record in pool play to earn a bye in the table of 128 before falling in the table of 64. Sapienza looks to continue her impressive rookie campaign as one of the top women’s saberists that captured a silver medal at the ACC Championships.
Freshman Julia Gianneschi and Brycen Rushing each finished 47th in their respective events before competing for the Blue Devils this weekend. Gianneschi went 4-2 in pool play in Division I Women’s Foil before falling in the table of 64 while Rushing posted a near perfect 5-1 ledger in pools to earn a bye in the table of 256 and ultimately fell in the table of 64.
Fellow classmate Gabrielle Zegers competed alongside Sapienza in Division I Women’s Saber to place 58th. Zegers went 3-3 in pool play and fell in the table of 64 to eventual gold medalist Zara Moss.
Sophomore Eoin Gronningsater took the strips with Rushing in Division I Men’s Foil and finished 86th with a 4-2 record in pool play and fell in the table of 128 to eventual bronze medalist Philip Shin. Gronningsater looks to continue his successful Duke fencing career after leading the men’s foil squad with a 43-9 record and finished one spot short of All-America status at NCAAs as a freshman.
The Blue Devils will kick off the regular season this weekend at the Penn State Duals Sunday, Jan. 14.
A complete list of results from the weekend can be found below.
Division I Women’s Foil (142 Entries)
47. Julia Gianneschi
Division I Women’s Epee (180 Entries)
117. Maria Papadopoulous
Division I Men’s Saber (178 Entries)
169. Ben Stone