DURHAM, N.C. – For the second weekend in a row, the Duke fencing program will travel to Pennsylvania as they compete in the Philadelphia Invitational. The Blue Devils will face 20 schools from across the nation at the Tse Ping-Cheng Cheung Ling Sports Center on UPenn’s campus.
The ninth-ranked Blue Devil men are coming off a 3-2 showing last weekend in the season opener at the Penn State Duals while the women posted a 2-3 record.
The men’s side will be highlighted by seniors Pascual Di Tella (saber) and Dean Ischiropoulos (epee), junior Bryn Hammarberg (epee), sophomore Eoin Gronningsater (foil) and freshmen Ping Ping Kitsiriboon (saber) and Brycen Rushing (foil).
Di Tella, Gronningsater and Hammarberg each posted 11 victories last weekend at the Penn State Duals in their respective weapons while Ischiropoulos added 10 wins in his first meet since sophomore year. Kitsiriboon and Rushing made their collegiate debuts and notched 10 and eight victories, respectively, as Rushing fell in a lone bout.
Rookie Julia Gianneschi headlined the competition for the women on Penn State’s campus as she posted an 11-4 ledger in her Duke debut as a foilist. Sophomore saberist Lindsay Sapienza added eight wins while foilists Kristen Coury and Zuzu Tang notched seven wins each. Rounding out the women were epeeists Camille Esnault and Claudia Wrampelmeier with six victories apiece.
A complete schedule of this weekend’s events and the competing Blue Devils can be found below.
Round 1 (8:30 am): Duke Men & Women vs. NJIT
Round 2 (9:45 am): Duke Men vs. NYU // Duke Women vs. JHU
Round 3 (11 am): Duke Men & Women vs. UPenn
Round 4 (1 pm): Duke Men vs. Haverford // Duke Women vs. Temple
Round 5 (2:15 pm): Duke Men vs. SHU // Duke Women vs. Cornell
Round 6 (3:30 pm): BYE
Round 7 (4:45 pm): BYE
Round 8 (6 pm): BYE