PHILADEPHIA – The 2014-15 schedule is set and the University of Pennsylvania men’s and women’s fencing teams will soon begin its preparations for the upcoming season. Similar to last year, the Quakers will participate in only a few events in November. The bulk of the contests will take place in the New Year, including the Ivy League Fencing Round-Robin Championships. As opposed to last year’s three home events, the Red and Blue will host just one – the Philadelphia Invitational.
Penn will send a handful of fencers to the November North American Cup in Louisville, Ky. but will officially kick off the season in Columbus, Ohio at the OSU Invitational hosted by Ohio State on the 16th. The Quakers will round out the month’s events the following weekend in the Penn State Open (Nov. 22-23).
Winter camp training will take place shortly after the calendars turn and the Red and Blue will compete in two different levels – DI and Jr. – at the January NAC which will take place in Salt Lake City. On the 17th, Penn will kick it into high gear and take its talents back out to State College for the Penn State Invitational. The Quakers will finally have a break from traveling the following weekend as they host the Philadelphia Invitational on the 25th, but the Red and Blue will be back on the road one more time, for the NU Duals (Jan. 31), before competing in the Ivy League Fencing Round-Robin Championships hosted by Columbia this year (Feb. 7-8).
Before competing at NCAA Regionals on March 7, Penn will complete its regular season duals at the Temple Invitational (Feb. 21) and the US Collegiate Squad Championships the following day at Princeton. Duke will host this year’s Regionals, which will be the last opportunity the Quakers will have to score points for a chance to compete at the NCAA Championships. The championships will once again be held at Ohio State’s French Field House and will start on March 19 and conclude on the 22.