DURHAM, N.C. – The duo of Pascual Di Tella and Eoin Gronningsater of the Duke men’s fencing team were named the co-Duke Student-Athletes of the Week, after securing All-America honors in their respective weapons over the weekend at the NCAA Championship.
Di Tella rounded out his stellar campaign as a Blue Devil with a 10th-place finish in men’s saber, collecting his second All-America accolade in a Duke lamé. The Buenos Aires, Argentina, native tallied 13 victories through two days of competition.
Throughout his Duke career, Di Tella was a three-time ACC Fencer of the Year in saber, the 2017 ACC Champion, the 2017 ACC Men’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year and qualified for NCAAs and NCAA Mid-Atlantic/South Regional four times. He is just the fifth Blue Devil to capture All-America accolades as a saberist and only the second to capture the honor more than once.
Gronningsater added his first All-America honor as a sophomore in men’s foil today with 14 wins to capture fifth, just one spot short of the finals. The Brooklyn, N.Y., native improved eight spots this year after placing 13th at NCAAs as a freshman and recently was named the ACC Fencer of the Year for men’s foil. The All-American honor is also the first for a Blue Devil male foilist since 2011.
The two All-America honors mark the sixth time Duke has captured more than one at the NCAA Championships.
As a team, Duke placed 10th overall with 67 points, marking their eighth top-10 finish in the past nine seasons.