DURHAM, N.C. - The Duke men’s and women’s fencing program will host the annual Duke Meet this weekend, scheduled for Feb. 6-7 in Card Gym. Both days of fencing will start at 8 a.m. and go until approximately 4:15 p.m.
Saturday will feature the men’s competition, followed by the women on Sunday. Sending men’s teams will be Duke, Brandeis, Johns Hopkins, Notre Dame, North Carolina and Penn State, while Duke, Brandeis, Notre Dame, North Carolina, Penn State and Temple will field women’s teams.
With two meets completed so far in the 2016 season, the ninth-ranked Duke men hold a season record of 11-4, while the Blue Devil women enter the weekend with an 11-5 team ledger. Five Blue Devil fencers have recorded 30-or-more victories through the first two competitions, led by women’s sophomore saber Haley Fisher with an astonishing 37-8 record. Fisher is joined with 30+ wins by freshman foilist Kristen Coury and fellow sophomore saber Jennifer Ling with 33 and 31 victories, respectively.
For the men, the sophomore saber duo of Pascual Di Tella (32-10) and Peter Yang (30-15) lead the squad early in the season. Yang is coming off his best performance as a Blue Devil, capping last weekend’s Northwestern Duals with a 25-5 record, earning him ACC Fencer of the Week honors. In addition to the sabers, rookie epeeist Bryn Hammarberg is enjoying a successful start to his first season in Durham, owning a 28-11 record currently.
Due to a home men’s basketball game, general public parking for the fencing meet will be available in Men’s Basketball general public parking lots located at the Circuit Lots on Circuit Drive and Research Drive Parking Garage at a cost of $10 per vehicle. For Sunday’s portion of the meet, general public parking will be free and available to the public in the Blue Zone off Wannamaker Drive.