PHILADELPHIA - The Quakers seek their first Ivy title since 2004 when they make the journey up to Princeton for the Ivy League Championships on Saturday and Sunday.
Penn finished in third place in 2010, fencing to a 4-2 record while Princeton claimed its first championship since 2001. Over the two-day round robin, the Quakers beat Brown (19-8), Cornell (17-10), Harvard (17-10) and Yale (16-11), but lost to Princeton (19-8) and Columbia (16-11). Sophomore Amrit Bhinder and juniors Dominika Franciszkowicz and Laura Paragano were All-Ivy selections on a team which didn't have any seniors.
This year the Quakers have a quartet of seniors, including All-America selections Danielle Kamis and Stephanie Wheeler, who hope to improve on their finish from last year. Kamis is coming off a weekend in which she went 17-1 overall with her only loss coming to defending national sabre champion Caroline Vloka. As a team, the Red and Blue went 5-1, losing to No. 3 Harvard (17-10) but beating Brandeis (21-6), Boston College (20-7), Brown (16-11), MIT (20-7) and NYU (23-4). Bhinder and freshman Gabby Foor helped epee go unbeaten on the day, combining for a 22-4 record. Freshman Wendy Zhao also fenced well, finishing with a 12-3 mark in foil.
The defending champion, Princeton enters the championships after facing a tough field at the Northwestern Duals last weekend. The Tigers went 10-2 over two days, beating a pair of top-ten teams in No. 7 Northwestern (16-11) and No. 9 Temple (16-11). The Quakers other main competition, Columbia, went 3-0 on Wednesday, defeating Vassar (22-5), Sacred Heart (22-5) and edging NYU 14-13.
Live streaming of the two-event came be found above, and be sure to check out the Ivy League Round Robin central, featuring a live blog of all the action.