Ivy League Round-Robins Championship Central
PHILADELPHIA - The No. 10 Penn women's fencing team will look to improve on last year's fourth-place finish when they travel to Harvard for this season's rescheduled Ivy League Round-Robins on Saturday and Sunday. The Quakers will face six squads, three of them ranked, over the two days on Harvard's Albert H. Gordon Track.
A 0-3 start last season put the Quakers in a deep hole. Though the team recovered to win its final three bouts, the 3-3 overall mark left Penn in fourth place. With Luona Wang (first-team All-Ivy in foil), Sarah Parmacek (second-team All-Ivy foil) and Amrit Bhinder (second-team All-Ivy epee) returning, Andy Ma is hoping to see the Red and Blue rise in the standings.
Competition will get started on Saturday morning as Penn meets Yale at 11 a.m. The Bulldogs come in with an overall record of 5-11 and a win would be vital with the opponents still to come.
In the afternoon session on Saturday, the Quakers will meet No. 3 Columbia (1:15 p.m.) and No. 2 Princeton (2:45 p.m.) in back-to-back bouts. The Lions are 15-2 on the season with losses to No. 1 Notre Dame and No. 5 Penn State, yet have turned the tables on those two teams as well. Princeton, last year's champion, brings a 23-2 mark into the weekend. The Tigers were defeated by Notre Dame and No. 4 Ohio State in early February but have packed their schedule with events, winning 14 straight bouts since those two losses.
On Sunday, Penn starts the morning off against Cornell at 10 a.m. The Big Red (16-3) last competed in January at the Philadelphia Invitational, dropping bouts to Temple and Northwestern. The morning will continue at 11:30 a.m. against the Brown Bears. Brown joined Penn at the Eric Sollee Invitational in early February, fencing and winning six bouts. A meeting with No. 8 Harvard will wrap up the competition. Though the Crimson are just 8-6 on the season, the last four losses have been to teams ranked in the top six in the nation, including a narrow 14-13 loss to No. 6 St. John's. More recently, Harvard swept through three schools to win the Beanpot Tournament.
Full recaps of action from both days will be available on Saturday and Sunday evening at PennAthletics.com.