DURHAM, N.C. – The Duke men’s and women’s fencing programs will return to Bull City to host the annual Duke Meet this Saturday and Sunday in Card Gymnasium. Both days of competition will kick off at 8 a.m., with the final rounds at 3 p.m.
Saturday will feature the men’s competition, followed by the women on Sunday. The sixth-ranked Blue Devil men will face off against Air Force, No. 4 Penn State, Johns Hopkins and ACC foes Boston College and North Carolina. Duke’s sixth-ranked women will take on No. 2 Northwestern in place of Johns Hopkins.
In the latest CollegeFencing360 Coaches Poll, both the men and women checked in at No. 6 following a successful weekend at the Northwestern duals where they defeated five ranked opponents. The Duke men match their highest ranking in program history this week while the women have climbed to their highest in Duke history.
With three meets completed so far in the 2019 season, the Duke men hold a record of 14-4 while the women own a 16-4 ledger.
On the men’s side, sophomore saber Ping Ping Kitsiriboon was named the ACC Male Fencer of the Week on Tuesday. At the Northwestern Duals, he turned in a 23-4 individual ledger to pace the squad and has claimed a team-best 35 victories this season. Foilists Eoin Gronningsater, a junior, and Brycen Rushing, a sophomore, have totaled 34 and 33 wins, respectively. Rounding out the 30-win club this season is senior All-American epeeist Bryn Hammarberg with 32.
For the women, freshman epeeist Ava Navarro leads the way for the Blue Devils with 40 wins under her belt at the midway point, followed by sophomore foilist Julia Gianneschi and freshman epeeist Huda Aldadah with 38 victories apiece. Junior Lindsay Sapienza completes the group with 35 wins, totaling 36.
A complete schedule of events for both Saturday and Sunday is attached.
Accessible parking for guests with disabilities will be located in the Whitford Lot on Whitford Drive with no charge to park. Guests can find general public parking on a first-come, first-serve basis at both the Whitford Lot (GPS Address: 110 Whitford Drive) and Grounds Lot (GPS Address: 110 Frank Bassett Drive). All guests should access the Grounds Lot via Frank Bassett Drive located off Science Drive. Both general public parking lots will be open beginning at 6:00 AM. Parking is free for guests.
For more information on parking and any other questions you may have, check out the Duke Fencing A-Z Meet Guide.