PHILADELPHIA – This is it, the one the University of Pennsylvania men’s and women’s fencing teams have been preparing for – the Ivy League Fencing Round-Robins. For this year’s championships, the Quakers will travel to Brown’s Olney-Margolies Athletic Center in Providence, R.I. The first four rounds are slated to begin on Saturday at 11 a.m. and rounds five through seven will start on Sunday at 10 a.m.
Following each day's action, a short recap with links to final results and a photo gallery will be available on IvyLeagueSports.com. Highlights will be on the Ivy League Digital Network on Sunday night. Results and live blog coverage will be available here.
Two Ivy teams have unanimously claimed the top spots on both sides of the CollegeFencing360 Coaches Poll – Columbia’s men and Princeton’s women. Three more of the Ancient Eight are bunched together in the No. 5, 6, and 7 slots on the men’s side: Princeton, Harvard, and Penn, respectively. For the women, the Crimson are at the No. 3 slot, while Columbia is at No. 5 and Penn is at No. 7.
Harvard’s men will look to win its second crown in a row, while Princeton’s women look to add on a fifth consecutive title and continue its 25-match winning streak at the round-robin. Tough competition aside, the Red and Blue are prepared to take on their foes and reach the top.
The men and women are both coming off strong performances at the Northwestern University Duals this past weekend, where the Quakers defeated both No. 3M/4W Notre Dame teams. The men went 5-2, falling to now No. 4 Ohio State and UC San Diego, while the women went 6-1, falling to now -No. 2 Ohio State.
Penn will be tested right off the bat at the Ivy Round Robins, as they clash with the Lions to start Saturday’s rounds. For the men, Columbia is one of their top targets and biggest priorities because after that round they take on the Crimson.
The women will also start their day with the Lions but will face Cornell before they take on Harvard in the third round. Both squads will close out Saturday with Yale.
Round five will bring another challenge to start Sunday’s duals, when the Quakers take on arch rival Princeton. The Red and Blue will then end the round-robins with host Brown.
NOTE: If the weather forecast worsens for Sunday, we will look at schedule alterations which might include five rounds on Saturday.