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Blast from the past: Olympic champion and former Duke swimmer Nancy Hogshead-Makar is working to make sports safer

(05/24/24 2:03pm)

In honor of Duke’s Centennial, The Chronicle’s new Blast from the Past series highlights pivotal figures and events in Duke sports history. Next up, we take a look at the story and impact of former Blue Devil swimmer Nancy Hogshead-Makar: 

No. 19 Duke women’s tennis falls to No. 8 North Carolina at home despite numerous tight sets

(03/31/24 3:38pm)

The Duke-North Carolina rivalry is a tale as old as time; the strife between the two schools has stretched across decades. However, Blue Devil men’s basketball isn’t the only team whose season has been plagued by the Tar Heels. Fresh off two straight wins against ACC opponents, No. 19 Duke women's tennis struggled to find the mental toughness necessary to upset No. 8 North Carolina. 

Duke fencing closes season 10th at NCAA Championships as Marakov takes home bronze

(03/25/24 7:26pm)

It’s the semifinals of men’s epee, played on a single strip in the center of French Field House — figuratively and literally the biggest stage in collegiate fencing. Junior Allen Marakov launches an inspired comeback mid-bout to score three points in a row against Notre Dame’s Jonathan Hamilton-Meikle. Between each point, Marakov’s teammates yell “come on Allen!” from the stands. 

Koenig finishes first, multiple Duke fencers position themselves for national qualifications at NCAA Regional

(03/11/24 9:32pm)

As the Duke fencing season nears its end, the stakes are higher than ever. This weekend, the Blue Devils competed for the chance to go against the best of the best at the NCAA Championship. This time last year, 11 Duke fencers placed within the top 10 of their respective disciplines at the 2023 NCAA Mid-Atlantic/South Regional. With eight of these Blue Devils still in the running, the pressure was on. To no surprise, the team delivered with freshman Charlotte Koenig championing women’s foil.

Vibrant home crowd helps Duke women's fencing go undefeated at Duke Invitational to close regular season

(02/12/24 2:50pm)

“Our house, our house, our house!” reverberated off the walls of Card Gymnasium this weekend before the fifth-ranked Duke women entered their last matchup of the day against Air Force. Gathered in a circle with their hands wrapped around one another’s backs, the Blue Devils filled the room with their stomps and cheers in an impressive display of team spirit. In a weekend of up-and-down performances, this energy was perhaps the key to the women going undefeated at the only home meet of the season.

No. 15 Duke women’s tennis fights through loss against Auburn in championship match of ITA Kickoff Weekend

(01/28/24 8:38pm)

All those inside Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center held their breath as junior Ellie Coleman battled back from 5-0 down in her second set against No. 14 Auburn’s DJ Bennett to give the Blue Devils a chance to advance to the National Team Indoors. The rest of the players from both teams anxiously looked on from the sidelines as Bennett took the 11th game of the set to gain a 6-5 lead on Coleman. In the deciding game, Coleman was unable to pull off an upset, but displayed incredible tenacity over the course of the match. The Michigan native was not the only player on the team this weekend to put up a fight against a talented Tiger. 

Duke fencing kicks off 2024 with winning record at Philadelphia Invitational

(01/22/24 8:30pm)

Coming off an impressive 2023, No. 9 Duke opened 2024 this weekend at the Philadelphia Invitational. Freshmen Victoria Gorman and Dayaal Singh led the win count for the team with 19 and 15 victories respectively. The Blue Devils finished the tournament 10-2 on the women’s side and 6-4 on the men’s to start the new year on the right foot.

New Duke fencing head coach Omar Elgeziry is shining a light on the role of mental health in college sports

(12/18/23 4:36pm)

Every season brings a new set of questions. Players move on, newcomers find their footing and competitors get stronger. Going into the 2023-24 season, however, the Duke fencing team faced one question bigger than the rest: Who is new head coach Omar Elgeziry?

‘We exceeded the expectation’: Duke fencing impresses at Elite Invitational despite injuries on the men’s side

(11/21/23 12:26am)

No. 9 Duke competed in its second tournament of the season Sunday at the Elite Invitational in Columbus, Ohio. The tournament featured several formidable opponents for the Blue Devils, with Notre Dame, Princeton and Ohio State all ranked within the top five on both the men and women’s side. This fact didn’t stop the Duke women from pulling off several upsets this weekend to close out 5-1. While the men were not able to come away with a winning record, their strength and determination were still on full display.

No. 9 Duke fencing opens season at Temple Open with strong showings from Ferrari, Marakov

(11/06/23 12:31pm)

Duke kicked off its 2023-24 season this weekend at the Temple Open in Philadelphia, with both the men’s and the women’s teams entered the tournament ranked No. 9 in the nation. This weekend saw particularly impressive showings from the newest additions to the teams, as well as senior captain Christina Ferrari.

Despite standout performances from O'Meara, Gridley, Duke swimming and diving falls against N.C. State, Georgia

(11/05/23 9:23pm)

Coming off a promising performance at its last home meet against UNC Wilmington, Duke traveled to Raleigh this weekend to compete against top-ranked foes N.C. State (No. 4 men’s, No. 4 women’s) and Georgia (No. 9 men’s, No. 13 women’s). Despite Duke falling to the Wolfpack and Bulldogs on both sides of the meet, Friday night saw several inspired swims from the women and an overall impressive performance from the men.

Duke fencing 2023-24 season preview

(11/04/23 7:48pm)

Duke begins its 2023-24 season Saturday, with both the men and the women ranked No. 9 in the preseason poll. The fencing team ended the 2022-23 season with a ninth place finish at the NCAA Championships, their 12th top-10 finish in 13 consecutive seasons. With a new head coach and a freshman class of fencers ready to make their mark on the program, the team looks to extend this impressive streak for yet another year.

Duke swimming and diving 2023-24 season preview

(10/20/23 3:09am)

Duke is poised to enter the 2023-24 swim and dive season as an aquatic powerhouse. After finishing in 21st place at the 2023 NCAA Championships last year, the women’s team opens this season ranked No. 15. While the men’s program lacks a similar rank — having graduated several of its top point contributors last year — it boasts a talented younger class that will be looking to make a splash this winter.