DURHAM, N.C. – The Duke fencing team will be represented by two student-athletes at the 2018 World Fencing Championships in Verona, Italy. Sophomore All-America honoree Eoin Gronningsater and freshman Ping Ping Kitsiriboon are set to take the strips this week.
Gronningsater will represent Ireland while Kitsiriboon will compete for his home country of Thailand. Both Gronningsater and Kitsiriboon will compete in the individual competition as well as the team event in foil and saber, respectively.
Kitsiriboon will compete in the individual competition on Wednesday, April 4 and the team portion on Friday, April 6. Teammate Gronningsater will hit the strips Saturday, April 7 for individuals and Monday, April 9 for the team event to close out the World Championships.
Gronningsater’s sophomore campaign brought great success following an impressive rookie season as a Blue Devil. Most recently, the Brooklyn, N.Y., native garnered his first All-America honor with a fifth-place finish at the NCAA Fencing Championships and was named ACC Fencer of the Year for men’s foil with a 43-8 overall ledger. Gronningsater improved eight spots this year on the national stage after placing 13th as a freshman, capturing the first All-America accolade for a Blue Devil male foilist since 2011. Gronningsater also collected silver at the ACC Championships and was named the ACC Male Fencer of the Week after leading the Blue Devils to an undefeated weekend at the annual Duke Meet.
Kitsiriboon qualified for the NCAA Mid-Atlantic/South Regional as a rookie and placed 15th after a 10th-place finish at the ACC Championships. The Bangkok, Thailand, native posted a 36-24 overall record as a freshman.
Both Gronningsater and Kitsiriboon helped the men’s team make history as the Blue Devils captured their first ACC title in program history.