PHILADELPHIA - The Quakers find themselves sitting in seventh place, but just three points out of third, following the first day of competition at the NCAA Championships at Ohio State University.
Penn has 37 bout victories after the first day of fencing, seventh overall, but is just one victory behind Princeton and two behind Harvard and host Ohio State. St. John's is alone in third with 40 bout wins. The Red and Blue's victory totals were split up fairly evenly with sabre recording 16, epee earning 14 and foil winning seven bouts.
Sophomore Evan Prochniak led all Quakers with 11 victories on the day to finish fourth overall, while freshman Michael Mills is in 17th with five victories. In epee, senior Jacob Wischnia is one of five fencers with eight victories, good enough for ninth overall. Freshman Clifford Fishler is in 17th with six victories in 14 bouts. In foil, Vidur Kapur had seven wins to place him in 13th position going into the second day of fencing.
Penn's five fencers go back to the strips tomorrow morning at 9:30 a.m. with All-America Status on the line. Live streaming of the event can be found here.