ACC Fencing: Competition Concludes at NCAA Championship

Notre Dame finishes fifth to lead ACC teams

WALTHAM, Mass. – All four ACC teams finished in the top 21 at the 2016 NCAA Fencing Championships, hosted by Brandeis University at Gosman Sport and Convocation Center.

Notre Dame led the ACC teams with a fifth place finish with 160 points. Duke finished ninth with 58, followed by No. 20 Boston College (21) and No. 21 North Carolina (18).

Two Notre Dame fencers earned First Team All-America honors in foil. Irish fencer Sabrina Massialas was 20-3 in pool play before falling in the semifinals to eventual champion Eleanor Harvey of Ohio State. Axel Kiefer was defeated in the semifinals by Nobuo Bravo of Penn State after going 15-8 in pool play.

Five ACC fencers – Notre Dame’s Catherine Lee, Francesca Russo, and Garrett McGrath, Duke’s Isabella Barna, and Boston College’s Renee Bichette -- earned Second Team All-America honors, while Notre Dame’s Jonathan Fitzgerald, Nicole McKee, Virgile Collineau, Jonah Shainberg, Tara Hassett, and North Carolina’s Meredith Bozentka garnered Third Team All-America accolades.

Final Team Standings (Points, Indicator)
5. Notre Dame (160, 113)
9. Duke University (58, -63)
20. Boston College (21, -16)
21. North Carolina (18, -43)

Individual Results
Men's Epee
8. Garrett McGrath, Notre Dame
14. Bryn Hammarberg, Duke
18. Darius Zacharakis, Notre Dame
20. Peter Wetzel, Boston College

Men's Foil
T3. Axel Kiefer, Notre Dame
11. Virgile Collineau, Notre Dame

Men's Saber
10. Jonathan Fitzgerald, Notre Dame
12. Jonah Shainberg, Notre Dame
13. Pascual Di Tella, Duke
20. Charles Copti, Duke
22. Matthew Garrelick, North Carolina

Women's Epee
5. Catherine Lee, Notre Dame
6. Isabella Barna, Duke
7. Renee Bichette, Boston College
14. Madeline Antekeier, Notre Dame

Women's Foil
T3. Sabrina Massialas, Notre Dame
10. Nicole McKee, Notre Dame
18. Kristen Coury, Duke

Women's Saber
6. Francesca Russo, Notre Dame
11. Meredith Bozentka, North Carolina
12. Tara Hassett, Notre Dame
18. Haley Fisher, Duke