COLUMBUS, Ohio – The University of Pennsylvania women’s fencing team capped off its season at the 2014 National Collegiate Men’s and Women’s Fencing Championships on Friday evening at Ohio State’s French Fieldhouse. Based upon the criteria to qualify for the NCAA finals -- regular-season bouts and individual performances at regionals – junior Luona Wang, freshman Cassidy Seidl, freshman Aleina Edwards, and freshman Shriya Joshi made the grade to represent Penn. The four Quakers secured an 11 place finish out of 21 teams with 31 bout wins.
Of the four fencing for the Red and Blue, Wang was the only veteran, as the other three are all freshman. The nation’s runner-up in foil her freshman season and a fifth-place finish last year, Wang paved her way to her third NCAA finals. This year, she placed 12 with 12 bout wins out of 23 and earned All-American Honorable Mentions.
Joining Wang in the foil competition was Seidl, who placed 24 and earned 4 victories.
Edwards, Penn’s lone Epee fencer, completed her first NCAA final with a 24-place finish and seven bout wins.
Fencing sabre for the Red and Blue, Joshi finished the competition 20 out of 24, with eight victories.
All-American honors are given by the United States Fencing Association to athletes based on performance at the event. The Top-4 make First Team All-American, while the fencers ranked fourth through eighth earn Second Team All-American honors and fencers ranked ninth through 12th earn All-American honorable mentions.