DURHAM- The Duke fencing team is set for the 2022 NCAA Fencing Championship as seven Blue Devils compete on the national stage. The championship is scheduled for March 24-27 hosted by Notre Dame at the Castellan Family Fencing Center in South Bend, Ind.
Duke will send Danny CampbellIII (male sword), Christine Ferrari (women’s foil), Catherine Flagan (female foil) and Alex Gorman (women’s sword), Finn Hoessfeld (men’s foil), Terence Lee (male sword) and Anneke Zegers (women’s sword).
The 2022 campaign marks the 14th time as head coach Alex Beguinet qualified five or more for the NCAA meet.
2022 marks Gorman’s fourth trip to the NCAA Championship, as she is a two-time All-America winner. Ferrari, Hossfeld and Zegers return to the national stage for the second time while Flanagan and Lee qualify for the first time in their Duke careers.
Last year, Ferrari, Gorman, Hossfeld and Zegers achieved All-America recognition in their respective events.
The women will kick off the championship with round robin bouts on Thursday, followed by the semifinals and finals on Friday. The men will follow with the same schedule on Saturday and Sunday.
The championship includes individual events in each of the six weapons (Men’s Epee, Men’s Foil, Men’s Saber, Women’s Epee, Women’s Foil and Women’s Saber) and one combined team champion.
Fencers will compete in a round-robin format of five-touch bouts. After the round robin, the top four in each weapon will face off in 15-touch semi-finals, with the winners fencing to determine first and second place, and non-advanced fencers will be given a tie for third place. .
An institution’s place in the championships will be based on the points earned by each individual. A team will be awarded one point for each victory of its student-athletes in the round robin.
A live stream of the semifinals and finals fights will be available Friday and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app. The semi-finals and finals, along with other championship highlights, will air on ESPNU on Wednesday, March 30 at 4:30 p.m.
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