Evanston, Ill. – It certainly was an exciting weekend for the University of Pennsylvania men’s and women’s fencing teams at the Northwestern University Duals this weekend, where the squads defeated two top ranked teams each. The Quakers, ranked No. 8 on both the men’s and women’s CollegeFencing360 Coaches Poll, took out Notre Dame’s teams and also defeated No. 7 Northwestern (women) and No. 10 Stanford (men). Penn’s women went 6-1 on the weekend, falling to No. 5 Ohio State (9-18); the men went 5-2, falling to No. 6 Ohio State (12-15) and UC San Diego (13-14).
With the Red and Blue set to fence three top ranked teams each, the women would see all three before the lunch break.
After defeating Wayne State, 20-7, and UC San Diego, 21-6, the women were set for their rematch with No. 7 Northwestern. The last time the two teams met, at the Philadelphia Invitational last weekend, the Wildcats took the last bout of the dual and won, 14-13. This time around, the Quakers defeated Northwestern in their house, 14-13.
The celebrations didn’t stop there, as the Red and Blue would then take down No. 3 Notre Dame, 16-11. Despite the Fighting Irish winning Sabre and Epee, 5-4, Penn was left to take the win with their best weapon, Foil. Junior captains Sarah Parmacek and Luona Wang led the way for the Quakers, winning their three bouts. Freshman Cassidy Seidl contributed two wins.
Round three would be one of the toughest duals of the day, as the Red and Blue prepared themselves for No. 5 Ohio State. Penn last saw the Buckeyes in November when the Quakers hosted their opening season invitational with Princeton. Looking to split with OSU, after dropping the first match earlier this season, the Red and Blue put up a fight but couldn’t outlast the Buckeyes and fell, 9-18.
Penn closed out the first day 4-1 and were set to face Stanford and Detroit-Mercy the following day, where the Red and Blue came out victorious in both matchups.
Against Stanford, the Quakers once again saw Foil dominate and save the dual by going 9-0 from perfect bouts by Parmacek, Seidl, and sophomore captain Wendy Zhao. Penn went on to take the win over the Cardinals, 15-12.
To close out the weekend, the Red and Blue tacked on one more win over Detroit-Mercy, 26-1, giving them a 6-1 record over the two day invitational.
Next up for the Quakers is Ivy Championships this weekend, which will be hosted by Brown University.