One year after a magical performance from the women's team in the 2018 ACC Championships, the North Carolina fencing teams both placed third of four teams in this year's tournament at Boston College.
The women's team entered the weekend against No. 1 Notre Dame, No. 6 Duke, and unranked Boston College with confidence after claiming its first ACC title in program history last year, when the Tar Heels upset both Duke and Notre Dame.
The first day of competition in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts began with the women’s individual bouts and concluded with the men’s team events.
For the Tar Heels, Saturday was highlighted by the individual success of Jackie Litynski. The junior took home the only individual medal of the day, earning silver for her efforts in sabre. Despite a disappointing weekend against Duke earlier in the season, this tournament marked a return to form in the eyes of her coaches.
“She fenced very consistently,” head coach Ron Miller said. “She rebounded nicely, and really did well.”
In the men’s team competition, UNC struggled against the nationally ranked squads of Notre Dame and Duke. The Tar Heels lost their first match to in-state rival Duke, 18-9, and dropped another match to the No. 1 ranked Irish, who handled the strip decisively and defeated UNC 21-6.
Despite two disappointing losses to some of the nation’s toughest opponents, the Tar Heel men ended the day on a positive note with a 15-12 win against unranked Boston College. Their record of 1-2 on the day was enough to secure third place overall.