DURHAM, N.C. – Kicking off the 2017 ACC Fencing Championships Saturday in historic Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, N.C., senior Rita Somogyi and freshman Lindsay Sapienza highlighted the day for the Blue Devils, each placing second in the women’s epee and saber individual competition, while the Duke men took second in the team event.
Starting with the women’s individual tournaments, Duke advanced one fencer to the semifinals in each of the three weapons.
In women’s epee, Somogyi went 11-4 in pool play and then earned a 15-9 victory over Notre Dame’s Madeline Antekeier in the semifinals. In the championship bout, Somogyi fell to Notre Dame’s Amanda Sirico, 15-6 but earned silver and All-ACC honors.
Sapienza competed in women’s saber and posted a 10-4 ledger in pool play before defeating Notre Dame’s Claudia Kulmacz in the semis. In the championship bout, Sapienza fell to Notre Dame’s Francesca Russo, 15-7. Like her teammate, Sapienza garnered silver and All-ACC accolades.
In women’s foil, senior Julia Lee placed fourth after tallying an 11-4 record in pools. Lee dropped the semifinal bout to silver-medalist Lee Kiefer, 15-8.
“I was very excited when I saw we were right there with Notre Dame in the championship,” said head coach Alex Beguinet. “The saberists did very, very well and came very close. I am a little disappointed obviously but I am even happier because now we know we have some things to improve on. The epeeists are a bit younger and this was a good lesson to learn. We will take this and learn from it and hopefully improve.”
After the completion of the women’s individual competition, the Duke men took the strips for the team event and used a 2-1 record to place second in the standings behind only third-ranked Notre Dame. Duke started out the day by downing North Carolina and Boston College by scores of 17-10 and 21-6.
The men’s saber squad finished with a flawless 3-0 record, led by senior Peter Yang with an 8-1 record. Rookie Duncan De Caire was also impressive, producing a 7-2 ledger and junior Pascual Di Tella notched a 4-0 record and performed a stellar 3-0 run against Notre Dame in the championship.
Freshman Jonathan Schwartzman paced the foil squad to a 2-1 record as he led the foilists with a 7-2 ledger. Fellow foilist Eoin Gronningsater went 6-3 while freshman epeeist Connor Ghazaleh led his squad with a 5-4 showing.
Sunday will feature the reverse of Saturday’s schedule. The meet will continue with the men’s individual tournament at 7 a.m., followed by the women’s team championship at 12:30 p.m. ESPN3 will again broadcast the meet beginning with the individual championship bouts at 11:30 p.m.
A complete look at Duke’s results from today’s competition can be found below.
Men’s Team (2-1)
Duke 18, North Carolina 9
Duke 21, Boston College 6
Notre Dame 14, Duke 13