CLEVELAND, Ohio – Junior Eoin Gronningsater and sophomore Ping Ping Kitsiriboon highlighted the second day of action at the 2019 NCAA Fencing Championships as the duo captured All-America honors in their respective weapons in Cleveland, Ohio.
Gronningsater became the first Blue Devil male foilist to capture back-to-back All-America accolades since Dorian Cohen in 2010-11 while Kitsiriboon picked up the honor for the first time in his Duke career.
"We always have high expectations for Eoin, and he rose to the occasion this season,” Assistant Coach for foil Darius Wei said. “As team captain, he sets a tone of hard work and passion for everybody to emulate. His results this season are a side effect of that drive and discipline, and he should be proud of his finish."
Gronningsater finished his junior campaign in seventh overall, registering 15 victories and winning 65.2 percent of his bouts through the two days of competition. The Brooklyn, N.Y., native was in eighth place with nine victories after Thursday’s three rounds of pool play and secured six wins this afternoon.
Kitsiriboon placed 11th overall in saber in his first trip to NCAAs with 12 victories and a 52.2 winning percentage. The Bangkok, Thailand, native entered the final two rounds of pool play in 17th with six wins and moved six spots up the leaderboard Friday.
“Ping Ping did very well at his first NCAA Championships,” Assistant Coach for saber Jacek Huchwajda said. “On the second day, he fenced very well with a 6-2 record. I am very happy with his fencing at this tournament, especially for his first one!”
Competing alongside Gronningsater in foil was sophomore Brycen Rushing who just missed All-America status with a 13th-place finish, improving four spots from last year’s finish. Rushing secured 11 wins over both days of competition.
Senior Bryn Hammarberg concluded his Duke career this afternoon in 24th in men’s epee.
Through two days of competition, the Blue Devils are in 10th place in the team standings with 41 points.
With the men’s portion of the NCAA Championship finalized, the women will hit the strips Saturday and Sunday to round out the collegiate season. Representing Duke will be Huda Aldadah (epee), Julia Gianneschi (foil), Alex Gorman (saber), Maria Papadopoulos (epee), Lindsay Sapienza (saber) and Zoe Superville (foil).
11. Ping Ping Kitsiriboon *
24. Brycen Rushing