PHILADELPHIA - The Quakers will take part in the inaugural United States Collegiate Squad Fencing Championships hosted by New York University on Sunday.
These Championships include some of the nation's top talent and provide a new format for the fencers to test their skill. This format features a relay-scoring structure to 45, rather than the typical protocol of regular NCAA fencing competitions. The scoring accumulates over nine rounds, and the team with the most touches or 45 total touches, whichever happens first after the nine rounds, wins.
Among the nine women's programs that will attend the competition, seven are either ranked in the top 10 in the most recent Coaches Poll or are receiving votes. Notre Dame will enter its sabre squad from the top-ranked Irish team, while No. 6 Columbia University will send all three weapons teams to the Championships.
NYU, Yale and North Carolina, which all earned votes toward the Coaches Poll, will fence all three weapons on Sunday, as will Haverford. Brown will send its foil and epee squads while Farleigh Dickinson plans to only compete in epee.
Penn's epee squad has been nearly perfect this year, amassing a record of 20-2, including a perfect 6-0 mark at the Ivy Championships. The Quakers are led by a trio of fencers with over 30 victories. Freshman Gabby Foor has a team-high 36 while sophomore Amrit Bhinder (35-11) and Stephanie Wheeler (31-17) have also surpassed the 30-win total.
Sabre has fenced to a 13-9 record this year, led by its duo of senior Danielle Kamis and junior Dominika Franciszkowicz. Kamis is 55-11 on the season and has 180 victories during her career, while Franciszkowicz is 34-16 on the year. Foil is 11-11 this year with Laura Paragano posting the team's best record at 30-22.