CLEVELAND, Ohio – Through three rounds of pool play during the first day at the 2019 NCAA Fencing Championships, the sixth-ranked Duke fencing team is currently in 10th place in the team standings with 24 points.
Columbia holds first place with 61 points, followed by Penn State (56), Harvard (51), Notre Dame (49) and Princeton (45) round out the top five.
Representing the Blue Devil men on the strips today was senior Bryn Hammarberg (epee), junior Eoin Gronningsater (foil) and sophomores Brycen Rushing (foil) and Ping Ping Kitsiriboon (saber).
Gronningsater headlines the first day of competition in eighth place with nine victories, followed by Rushing in 11th with seven wins. Kitsiriboon is in 17th with six wins and Hammarberg rounds out the Blue Devil contingent in 24th.
The Blue Devil men will compete in their final eight bouts in pool play in their respective weapons Friday and will attempt to move up the leaderboard with their focus on a top-four spot. The four fencers in each weapon with the best marks will advance to the semifinals of a single-elimination bracket of 15-touch bouts.
The semifinal and championship bouts will be aired on ESPN3 and WatchESPN beginning at 1:30 p.m.
8. Eoin Gronningsater
11. Brycen Rushing
24. Bryn Hammarberg
17. Ping Ping Kitsiriboon