PHILADELPHIA - The Quakers look to recapture the Ivy League title when they travel up to Princeton for a weekend of fencing this Saturday and Sunday.
Penn finished tied for second last year with a 3-2 record after claiming the program's 16th league championship in 2009. Last year the Quakers opened round-robin play with a 15-12 victory over Harvard before dropping consecutive matches with Princeton (18-9) and Yale (17-10). The Red and Blue rebounded on the second day of competition as the team beat Brown 16-11 and took care of Columbia 22-5.
This year the Quakers look to capture the magic of 2009, however to do so they'll have to beat second-ranked Harvard, No. 6 Princeton and eighth-ranked Columbia. The Crimson actually beat Penn 16-11 last weekend, though neither fenced their entire starting lineup. The Quakers also beat Brown last weekend, taking down the Bears by a 20-7 margin.
The defending champions, Princeton comes into the championships after facing a tough field at the Northwestern Duals last weekend. At the Duals, Tigers beat 10th-ranked Stanford (17-10) and finished 9-2 overall with their only losses coming to No. 1 Notre Dame (20-7) and No. 5 Ohio State (18-9). Eight-ranked Columbia fenced at NYU on Wednesday, beating Vassar and falling 14-13 and 15-12 to Sacred Heart.
Penn enters the Ivy League Championships with 15 victories and just a pair of losses. Last weekend the Red and Blue went 5-1 at the MIT Eric Sollee Invitational. Aside from going 1-1 against Ivy opponents, the Quakers took care of the rest of their competition, beating Boston College (15-12), MIT (19-8), Brandeis (19-8) and NYU (20-7). Freshman Michael Mills finished 12-2 in sabre and sophomore Evan Prochniak won 11 bouts. Freshmen Clifford Fishler and Joseph Isaac each won nine bouts in epee while junior Zane Grodman went 10-3 in foil.
Live streaming of the two-event came be found here, and be sure to check out the Ivy League Round Robin central, featuring a live blog of all the action.