Princeton, N.J. - The Quakers lost a pair of matches that could have gone either way, opening the first day of the Ivy League Championships at Princeton with a 0-2 record.
Penn dropped a heartbreaker, 14-13 against Harvard in the first round of action and followed it with a 15-12 defeat at the hands of Columbia. Despite the two losses, epee was a bright spot for the team, as the trio of sophomore Amrit Bhinder, freshman Gabby Foor and senior Stephanie Wheeler won 7-2 in each match.
Against the Crimson, the Red and Blue won epee 7-2 but lost foil 7-2 and was edged 5-4 in sabre. Facing the Lions, a 7-2 victory from epee wasn't enough as Penn lost 7-2 in foil and 3-6 in sabre. Bhinder and Wheeler both finished the day with 5-1 marks tied for second among all Ivy epee fencers. Junior Dominika Franciszkowicz also finished with a record over .500, fencing to four wins in six bouts on the day.
Columbia is tied in first with Princeton as they both went 3-0 on Saturday while Harvard is in third with a 2-1 record.
The Red and Blue finish up fencing tomorrow as they face Yale at 10:00 a.m., followed by Brown at 11:15 a.m., Cornell at 1:15 p.m. and Princeton at 2:30 p.m. A live webcast of tomorrow's action can be found here and fans can also follow all the action through the Ivy League's live blog (click here).