DURHAM, N.C. -- Five Duke fencers will compete in the US
Fencing North American Cup this Friday through Monday, Oct. 12-15, in St.
Representing Duke at the national competition will be
junior men's saber Nick Carothers, freshman saber Charles Copti, sophomore
saber Eugene Chung, junior epee Dylan Nollner and freshman women's epee
Isabella Barna. The three men's sabers will fence on Friday and the men's and
women foilists on Sunday.
Nollner is coming off a sophomore season in which he won
silver at the U-20 Junior Olympics, placed 10th at the Junior World
Championships with Team USA and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the second straight
year where he placed 15th. Nollner, who is Duke's top returning epee for
2012-13, posted a 33-11 record in his sophomore season and took second place at
the NCAA Regionals.
Carothers enters his junior season with a 36-23 career
record. He advanced to the 2011 NCAA Regionals as a freshman but did not see
action last season as a sophomore. Carothers already has experience at North
American Cup events, having competed in the January, 2012, NAC in Portland,
Chung was one of Duke's top sabers in his freshman
season, posting a 47-28 record in 2012 and a 15th-place showing at NCAA
Regionals. He helped the Duke sabers to a 21-7 record and twice won
double-digit bouts in Duke's dual meets last season, including a 14-4 showing
at the Philadelphia Invitational and a 17-7 outing at the Northwestern Duals.
Copti, a men's saber, and Barna, a women's epee, will
compete in their first events as Blue Devils this weekend. Copti is a native of
Wyckoff, N.J., and a product of Ramapo High School, while Barna hails from
Bend, Ore., and Summit High School. Copti has plenty of experience competing at
the national and international levels with a gold-medal showing in the junior
division at the Junior Olympics in Memphis, Tenn., another gold medal in
juniors at the Summer National Championships in Atlanta, Ga., and top-10
finishes in juniors at the Summer National Championships in Reno, Nev., and the
North American Cup in Dallas, Texas. He also competed at the London World Cup
where he placed 12th in the cadet division. Barna was also a well-traveled prep
fencer as a member of the US Cadet World Team. She notched top finishes at the
Junior Olympics and Cadet World Cup and a third-place outing at the Junior
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