SON undergrad wins inaugural ACC Women’s Fencing Championship

Gillian Litynski, a School of Nursing undergraduate and Hillman Scholar, took home the first ever sabre title in the ACC Women’s Fencing Championship last Sunday.

“In the championship bout she was just on. It was one of those moments when an athlete gets in a zone – nobody was going to stop her,” said UNC coach Ron Miller.

Litynski parents traveled in from Niskayuna, N.Y., for the first home contest of their daughter’s UNC fencing career. One of Litynski’s nursing professors, Dr. Marsha Van Riper, also came to watch. “She stayed for the long day,” Litynski said. “She was my longest fan other than my parents, so that was awesome.”

After trailing 8-5 in her semifinal bout against Notre Dame, Litynski came back to win 15-11 and earn a spot in the final, with her fans and teammates celebrating every point.

“It was loud, which is good, and it was loud on my side, which is great,” she said. “I definitely built off that energy. It’s hard in fencing to come back, so having crowd support really helps.

A two-time NCAA All-American fencer, Litynski is double majoring in global studies and recently learned she is a recipient of an ACC Postgraduate Scholarship in recognition of her academic success.

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Photo courtesy of UNC Athletic Communications.