PHILADELPHIA - Though the day was bookended by a pair of losses to ranked opponents, the Penn women's fencing team still took home four wins on Saturday at the Philadelphia Invitational.
Starting the day against No. 7 Northwestern, the Quakers were downed in all three weapons and suffered a 16-11 defeat against the Wildcats. Tiffany Chan and Sarah Parmacek were the only two members of the Red and Blue to notch two wins in the bout. The Quakers responded well to the early adversity though, regaining their footing with an 18-9 decision over Fairleigh Dickinson. Rachel Chin and Sara Jones each were undefeated against the Knights. Penn then wrapped up the morning session with a 16-11 win over Duke. Parmacek and Luona Wang each went 3-0 against the Blue Devils, helping the foil team to a 7-2 edge, an advantage that proved critical in the five-point win.
The afternoon began with a fairly routine 17-10 takedown of Haverford. Laura Barger was 3-0 as sabre enjoyed a 7-2 cushion against the Fords. The scoreline was repeated as the Quakers defeated Sacred Heart, 17-10, in the mid-afternoon. Penn took all three weapons from the Pioneers, with foil going 7-2. With four wins in a row going into the final bout of the day, the Quakers couldn't keep the momentum up, falling to Temple, 18-9. After a one-point defeat against the Owls in December, Penn had hoped to turn the tables, but the Broad Street neighbors performed well in their home gym, coming away with wins across the board.
The women are back in action next weekend, traveling to Cambridge, Mass. on Feb. 3 for the Eric Sollee Invitational. The Quakers will face Stevens Tech, MIT, Boston College and Brandeis.