Fencing | ACC ’24 Championships Dazzling


Between the first title won in the sport since 1980 and a third straight title won in a fence-off, the 2024 ACC Fencing Championships were nothing short of dazzling. North Carolina’s men’s team, a No. 3 seed won their first title in 44 years behind wins over No. 2 Boston College, 15-12, No. 4 Duke, 19-8 and No. 1 Notre Dame, 17-10 to lay claim to the championship trophy. Notre Dame’s women’s team, defeated Boston College, 18-9, North Carolina, 19-8 and lost to Duke, 18-9 to set up a tie breaker. The Irish came out on the winning end with a 2-1 final over Duke on their way to a third straight and eighth title in ten seasons.

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With Notre Dame and Duke each posting a 2-1 record in women’s team competition it meant the ACC would see the first two-team fence-off for the conference championship. Duke’s Victoria Gorman clinched sabre, 5-4, Notre Dame’s Amanda Pirkowski dominated epee, 5-1 and the final brought who would be the Women’s Most Valuable Fencer in the tournament to decide the championship. Josephina Conway locked up the win for the Irish with a 5-3 win in foil.


North Carolina freshman Boris Muga was named the Men’s Most Valuable Fencer after delivering 8-1 for the Tar Heels in epee.

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Teams that qualify will move on from the conference championship held at Notre Dame’s Castellan Family Fencing Center to the NCAA Fencing National Championships March 21-24 at French Field House in Columbus, Ohio. The selection committee will announce qualifiers on Tuesday, March 12.

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