DURHAM, N.C. – The Duke fencing program will travel down Tobacco Road to Chapel Hill for the 2018 ACC Fencing Championships Saturday, Feb. 24-25 in Carmichael Arena on the campus of North Carolina.
SETTING THE SCENE
- This will be the fourth conference fencing championship since its return as an ACC sponsored sport with defending national champion Notre Dame winning both the men’s and women’s championships the past three years.
- The Duke men hold a season record of 20-4 (1-0 ACC) while the women are 18-7 (1-0 ACC) and will face Notre Dame, North Carolina and Boston College for the ACC title.
- 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 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.
- The men’s and women’s individual finals and team competitions of the championship will be streamed live by ACC Network Extra.
IN THE RANKINGS
- The championship will feature two of the top 10-ranked fencing teams in the nation.
- The Notre Dame women are ranked No. 1 in the latest CollegeFencing360.com women’s poll while the Blue Devil women are No. 10.
- The Notre Dame men enter the weekend No. 2 with the Blue Devil men at No. 9.
A LOOK BACK AT 2017
- Both Blue Devil squads finished second in the team standings last year with 2-1 ledgers, placing behind only Notre Dame.
- Pascual Di Tella claimed the men’s saber title to mark the first time a Blue Devil male has garnered an ACC title since fencing returned as a league sponsored sport.
- Saberist Lindsay Sapienza captured silver in the individual competition as a freshman while Agoston Walter, Eoin Gronningsater and Bryn Hammarberg earned bronze in their respective weapons.
- Sapienza leads the women’s saber squad with 45 victories on the year followed by senior Haley Fisher with 39.
- For the men, sophomore Agoston Walter owns 40 wins this season while freshman Ping Ping Kitsiriboon has 36.
- Women’s freshman foilist Julia Gianneschi has seen an incredible first year as a Blue Devil with a team-leading 50 wins under her belt.
- Fellow classmate Brycen Rushing has registered 42 victories and was named ACC Male Fencer of the Week following his performance at the Northwestern Duals with a 22-2 individual weekend ledger.
- Hammarberg heads the men’s epee squad with 43 victories while Dean Ischiropoulos is on his heels with 40.
- 2017 All-America honoree Camille Esnault owns 44 wins while rookie Maria Papadopoulos has 41.