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Men and women fall at PSU

The men's and women's fencing teams travelled to University Park, Pa. Saturday, losing in the Penn State Duals, with overall records of 2-3 and 2-4, respectively.

The women's and men's squads beat Haverford and Drew and lost to Ohio State, Penn State and Pennsylvania.

The women's team also lost a close match to Temple.

The standout fencers for the women were senior Anne Kercsmar, who finished with an 11-7 record, and freshman Nicole Bloom, who went 12-5. Kercsmar and Bloom led the women's epee team, which was the strongest squad for Duke, finishing with a 4-2 record.

For the women's foil team, sophomore Sasha Stein had one of the best performances of her career.

"Sasha had a great day at foil and performed great against one of the top teams in the country," captain Allison Schafer said. "She really stepped it up for us in our second meet, which was impressive considering the level of competition."

For the men's team, the foil squad was the strongest with a record of 3-2.

Junior Ben Hendricks went 11-4 in his individual matches, while freshman Eliot Cohen went 10-5 to set the tone for the foil's efforts.

"We competed against three of the best teams in the country, but I felt as if we stacked up," captain Mike DiMarco said. "The record may not indicate it, but I thought we performed really well."


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