New Haven, Conn. - The #9 women's fencing team struggled for much of the day at the Ivy League Round Robins, salvaging things only with a win over Brown in the afternoon finale. At 1-3, the Quakers are in a tie for fifth with the Bears, and will have two bouts tomorrow against Cornell and Yale to try to make up ground. Both Columbia and Princeton are 3-0 after the first day.
Penn found itself in tight matches throughout the day, but the team just couldn't find a way over the hump. Facing Harvard, the teams split all three weapons with scores of 5-4, unfortunately for the Quakers, they were on the wrong side of that score twice. While saber was able to pull out the one-point victory, foil and epee failed to hold up their end of the bargain as Penn fell to 0-1.
The dominance of Princeton's saber squad was the key to the next match. With an 8-1 advantage, the Tigers had plenty of leeway and Penn almost made them pay as foil and epee battled hard, but in the end the gap was too large to overcome in a 16-11 Princeton win.
The Red and Blue's struggles continued into the afternoon. Locked in another nip-and-tuck affair, this time with Columbia, saber fell 6-3 to the Lions, who used that to catapult themselves to a 15-12 win. Luona Wang's 3-0 mark in foil help them to a 5-4 win in that particular weapon.
Facing the spectre of a winless day, Penn dug deep and easily dispatched Brown in the final bout of the day, 19-8. Gabby Foor and Amrit Bhinder each went 3-0 in epee, leading to an 8-1 edge. Foil (6-3) and saber (5-4) each won their respective bouts as well.
Penn begins the day tomorrow at 10 a.m. across the strips from the Big Red, and will close out the competition at 11:30 against Yale.