Columbus, Ohio - A historic performance from Luona Wang and the other three qualifiers from the women's side left Penn in a tie for eighth place after Friday at the NCAA Fencing Championships. With the competition switching over to the men's side for the weekend, the Quakers rose to seventh with 41 bout wins at Ohio State's French Field House.
The leader for Penn should come as little surprise. Senior Vidur Kapur, appearing in his fourth and final NCAA Championships, went 10-4 and put himself in prime position to have a chance to qualify for the semifinals on Sunday. Kapur currently is fifth in foil, ranking behind Yale's Shiv Kachru (also with 10 bout wins) based on indicator points. Penn's other foilist, Zane Grodman, won four bouts on Saturday.
In epee, freshman Rene Gannon-O'Gara continued the strong finish to his rookie campaign with eight wins, two back of a potential semifinal berth. Currently in ninth place, Gannon-O'Gara wouldearn Honorable Mention All-American if he keeps pace for one more day. Penn's at-large qualifier, Clifford Fishler, chipped in six wins of his own in epee.
Michael Mills led the saber team with seven wins while Evan Prochniak added six.
The final day of the Championships begins tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. with the conclusion of the round-robin format. The semifinals and finals begin at 1:45 p.m. with coverage on ESPN3.
Download: 2012 Fencing - Day 3.pdf