DURHAM, N.C. – Following a strong showing at the 2018 ACC Fencing Championships in Chapel Hill, N.C., the Duke fencing squad will turn its attention to the individual portion of the season. The Blue Devils will travel to Easton, Pa., for the NCAA Mid-Atlantic/South Regional Saturday, March 10, hosted by Lafayette College.
A fencer’s performance at regionals will have a direct impact on their chance at qualifying for the NCAA Championships, as both their regular season resumé and placing at the regional meet will be considered when the field is selected next week.
Live results for Saturday’s competition can be found here.
FLASHBACK TO 2017
- At last year’s regional meet, nine Blue Devils logged top-10 finishes in their respective weapons, highlighted by Jonathan Schwartzman’s second-place finish in foil. Eoin Gronningsater and Pascual Di Tella also notched top-five marks, finishing fourth in foil and saber, respectively.
- On the women’s side, Camille Esnault placed ninth in epee while Lindsay Sapienza garnered 10th in saber.
LAST TIME OUT
- The ninth-ranked Duke men made history at the ACC Fencing Championships as the Blue Devils captured their first ACC title in program history.
- The men cruised to a 19-8 victory over the second-ranked team in the country, Notre Dame, and also defeated North Carolina (19-8) and Boston College (24-3) in route to the crown. Duke used an 8-1 advantage in epee and a 7-2 record in foil to hand defending national champion Notre Dame its first fencing loss in an ACC Championship since joining the conference in the 2014-15 season.
- The Blue Devils were also successful individually, highlighted by junior Bryn Hammarberg capturing his first ACC title in epee while Gronningsater and Di Tella each garnered silver in their respective weapons.
- On the men’s side, all four competing Blue Devils have picked up 30+ victories this season as sophomore Agoston Walter leads the way with 47.
- Sapienza spearheads the women with 49 wins followed by senior Haley Fisher with 44 and Jennifer Ling with 37.
- The men’s foil squad has been nearly unstoppable this season as rookie Brycen Rushing headlines the contingent with an impressive 47-8 overall ledger. Right on his heels are Gronningsater with 45 victories, senior Jan Maceczek with 43 and Schwartzman with 42.
- The women have had similar success this year as freshman Julia Gianneschi boasts 57 victories followed by junior Rhiannon Harvey with 40.
- Hammarberg leads the epeeists and men’s team with 51 victories on the year while junior Camille Esnault and freshman Maria Papadopoulos have brought in 49 and 47 wins, respectively.
A full list of competitors for this weekend can be found below: