“They bonded well together, and they pretty much blasted everyone together as a group,” UNC coach Ron Miller said.
Miller said Litynski’s easy-going personality allowed her to bounce back quickly from defeats as well as build on her successes.
Senior Jackson Bryant-Comstock also lauded Litynski, calling her “one of the most dedicated, hard-working and self-motivating” fencers he’s seen in his 14 years of fencing.
“She’s fantastically talented, but she goes above and beyond in drills, practice and competition,” Bryant-Comstock said. “She’s the leader of the women’s squad, and she brings it everyday.”
On the men’s side, senior Joe Alter of the foil squad placed 19th, while sabre teammates junior Sam Austin and Bryant-Comstock placed 20th and 23rd, respectively.
After fencing at his last tournament for UNC, Bryant-Comstock said it was a special moment to be at the NCAA Championships with Miller.
“(I’m feeling) a little bit of nostalgia and sadness,” Bryant-Comstock said. “I’m really pleased with my career and to attend and fence for the University. I’m really proud to be a Tar Heel.”
Because Litynski is only a sophomore, Miller has high expectations for her going into her junior year.
“I have no doubt she’ll continue to improve,” Miller said. “I certainly think the wheels are turning in the right direction.”
Litynski took a humble approach to her expectations.
“Even just to make it to this level again would be a great honor,” Litynski said.
Bryant-Comstock said he expects big things from Litynski in the coming years.
“This is just the beginning,” he said. “She qualifies her freshman year and does really well. Her sophomore year, she comes and makes a statement to the fencing world. These next two years she’s going to be a favorite to win the whole thing.”
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