LOUIS, Mo. – Members of the Duke fencing team competed at the 2018 National Championship and July Challenge at America’s Center Convention Complex in St. Louis, Mo., including former Blue Devil Alec Ajnsztajn, rising sophomores Julia Gianneschi and Maria Papadopoulos and rising redshirt sophomore Ben Stone.
Stone highlighted the competition with an 18th-place finish in Division I Men’s Saber. Stone recorded a 5-1 record in pool play to earn a bye in the table of 128 before falling in the table of 32 Canada’s Erwin Cal (15-6), the top-ranked U20 fencer.
Papadopoulos also had a solid showing in St. Louis with an 11th-place finish in Junior Women’s Epee. Like Stone, Papadopoulos went 5-1 in pool play to earn a bye in the table of 256, allowing her to win three bouts before falling in the table of 16 to eventual gold medalist Greta Candreva (15-9).
Also competing over the weekend was Ajnsztajn and Gianneschi. Ajnsztajn hit the strips for Division I Men’s Epee and concluded his time in St. Louis in 122nd while Gianneschi placed 93rd in Division I Women’s Foil.