PHILADELPHIA -- For the third year in a row, the University of Pennsylvania men’s and women’s fencing teams will travel to Lafayette’s Kirby Sports Center for the 2014 NCAA Mid-Atlantic/South Regional Fencing Championships, where the Quakers will try to advance the maximum number of 12 fencers (six men and six women) to the NCAA Fencing Combined Men's and Women's Championship, held March 20-23 in Columbus, Ohio. Bouts are set to begin on Saturday at 8:30 a.m.
Along with Penn’s squads, which are both ranked at No. 7 in the CollegeFencing360 coaches’ poll, three other ranked teams are competing in the event. On the men’s side, duals will be set up with No. 2 Penn State, No. 5 Princeton, and No. 10 Duke. The women will see No. 1 Princeton, No. 6 Penn State, and No. 8 Temple.
Representing the Red and Blue on the men’s side will be 12 fencers, four in each weapon, while the women will see 11 fencers, three in epee, five in foil, and three in sabre.
For the men, epee will see R.J. Shipp, Ayyub Ibrahim, Clifford Fishler, and Rene Gannon-O’Gara. So far this season, Shipp leads the Quakers with 44 wins. The women will be represented by Aleina Edwards, Alejandra Trumble, and Sara Jones. Women’s epee saw the two freshmen, Trumble and Edwards, amass 44 and 40 wins, respectively.
Leading the way for the men is Jason Chang, who won 30 bouts this season, while Ira Schlosberg is right behind with 28. Women’s foil has been the strongest for Penn, as they have produced 155 wins out of 234 bouts. Luona Wang, Sarah Parmacek, Cassidy Seidl, Wendy Zhao, and Rachel Chin will look to improve the record.
As foil is the women’s strongest weapon, sabre is the men’s. The Red and Blue won all but four of their duals with season and accumulated 175 bout wins, with 53 of the wins coming from newcomer Shaul Gordon. Also representing Penn will be Steven Yang, Michael Mills, and Sean Turner. On the women’s side, Shriya Joshi, who leads with 42 wins, Tiffany Chan, and Susan Contess will compete.
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