CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – The sixth-ranked Duke fencing team rounded out competition at the 2019 ACC Fencing Championships Sunday as the Blue Devil women placed second in the team event on the campus of Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Mass.
The Blue Devil women competed in the team event and concluded with a 2-1 overall ledger. The squad started out with wins over North Carolina, 19-8, and Boston College, 18-9, before falling in the last round to the No. 1 team in the country, Notre Dame, 22-5. This marks the Irish's fourth ACC crown in the last five years.
The men also competed in the individual portion of the conference championships this morning and were highlighted by junior Eoin Gronningsater’s fourth-place performance.
Gronningsater was the lone Blue Devil to make it to the semifinals and entered the foil bracket as the fourth seed. The Brooklyn, N.Y., native faced top-seeded Nick Itkin of Notre Dame and fell 15-8. In the battle for bronze, Gronningsater fell to Notre Dame’s Andrew Machovec (15-8).
Sophomore Brycen Rushing was just short of a semifinal spot in foil as he finished fifth, followed by Jonathan Schwartzman in seventh. Bryn Hammarberg headlined the epeeists in seventh while Ben Stone placed 10th.
Select Blue Devils will return to competition Saturday, March 9 for the NCAA Mid-Atlantic/South Regional in Lafayette, Pa.
Women’s Team (2-1)
No. 6 Duke def. North Carolina, 19-8
No. 6 Duke def. Boston College, 18-9
No. 1 Notre Dame def. No. 6 Duke, 22-5