Members of the women's fencing team look to punch their ticket to the 2011 NCAA
Fencing Championships when they fence in the Mid-Atlantic Regional held all day
at Drew University on Saturday.
Any fencers who have 18 or more bouts on the season are
eligible to compete in the Regional and the Quakers can have a maximum six, two
from each weapon, make it through to the NCAA Championships.
The Quakers boast a great deal of experience in sabre, as both senior Danielle
Kamis and junior Dominika Franciszkowicz have made multiple appearances in the
NCAA Championships and over 100 career victories. This year Kamis is an
impressive 55-11, giving her 180 career victories, and also earned a
second-team All-Ivy selection a month ago. Franciszkowicz was also a
second-team All-Ivy selection this year and fenced her way to 34-16 record in
dual action. She was also an honorable mention All-America selection last year.
Junior Laura Paragano leads a relatively young foil group. The captain has a
30-22 record this year and was a second-team All-Ivy selection last year.
Freshman Wendy Zhao also has 30 wins on the year and has a chance to earn a
trip to the NCAA Championships. Sophomore Aida Abdikulova has just 19 wins this
season but fenced her way to the NCAA Championships a year ago.
Penn's epeeists are an impressive 20-2 this season, including a perfect 6-0
mark at this year's Ivy League Championships. Leading the team is senior
Stephanie Wheeler, who earned her first first-team All-Ivy selection this year
and has reached the NCAA Championships each of the past two seasons. Looking for their first trips to the
Championships are sophomore Amrit Bhinder and freshman Gabby Foor. Bhinder is
35-11 this season and is a two-time second-team All-Ivy selection while Foor
has won a team-high 36 matches and finished just out of All-Ivy contention this