PHILADELPHIA - After a disappointing 2-3 mark at the Ivy League Round Robins two weekends ago, the #7 men's fencing team will have numerous opportunities to right the ship and carry momentum into the NCAA Regionals as they take part in two competitions this weekend.
On Saturday, the Quakers travel across town to suit up in the Temple Invitational. While it will be a quick day of action facing only three opponents, Penn will be tested throughout as they will be going up against three of the top four teams in the nation according to the latest CollegeFencing360 coaches' poll. At 10 a.m., the Red and Blue will get a return engagement with #2 Penn State. Penn earned possibly its biggest win of the season in January when they knocked off the then-#1 ranked team in the country, 14-13. In the afternoon, the Quakers will face #3 St. John's at 1 p.m. and at 2:15 will have an opportunity to exact some revenge when they face #4 Princeton,a team whoscored a 19-8 win over Penn when the two squads met at Yale two weeks ago.
On Sunday, the team will travel to NYU for the U.S. Collegiate Weapon Squad Championships. In only its second year of existence, the Weapon Squad Championships use an atypical scoring structure to 45 points rather than the system currently in place for most NCAA fencing competitions. Teams will be competing for titles in each individual weapon, as well as an overall team championship. Last season, Penn recorded top-three finishes across the board -- including a championship in sabre -- to tie for the overall team title with Yale.
Following this weekend's action, the Quakers will have a week off to prepare for the all-important NCAA Regionals. Penn has been placed into the regional hosted by Lafayette, and will compete in Easton, Pa. on March 10 to earn bids into the NCAA Championships.