PHILADELPHIA – In the final tune-up before winter break, the University men’s and women’s fencing teams will head west to Penn State this weekend for the 44th annual Garrett Open. The women’s squad will take to the strips first on Saturday (Nov. 19), while the men will compete on Sunday.
Schedule of Events
– Live Results Link
8 a.m. – Women’s foil and epee
10:30 a.m. – Women’s saber
8 a.m. - Men’s foil and epee
10:30 a.m. - Men’s saber
*Unlike the season-opening Elite Invitational—which was a team event—the Garrett Open will be an individual competition with brackets in each weapon.
*The Quakers are coming off solid efforts on both sides at the Elite Invitational on Nov. 5. The Penn men went 4-1 with wins over NJIT (14-13), Johns Hopkins (24-3), Notre Dame (15-12) and North Carolina (20-7), while the women’s squad tallied a 4-2 mark with triumphs over NJIT (21-6), Johns Hopkins (20-7), North Carolina (16-11), and Cornell (17-10).
*It was the saber squads that led the way for both the men and the women’s teams at the Elite Invite. The women’s sabers put together a 5-1 record, led by freshman Victoria Zhang’s 9-4 clip. Fellow rookie, Sara Papp, also compiled a nice day, recording a mark of 7-2. The men, who finished a perfect 5-0 on saber, were also paced by a pair of freshmen in Adam Green and Connor Mills. Green went 8-3 in his debut, while Mills tallied a mark of 8-6.
*Also on the men’s side, the Quakers sent Green and sophomore Julian Merchant to last weekend’s North American Cup in Milwaukee, Wisc. Green led the way with a 21st-place finish, while Merchant finished 32nd.
Last Year’s Garrett
*Penn’s foil squad saw the most success for the men in State College last season, as three Quakers finished in the top 11. Junior John Vaiani led the way with a ninth-place finish, while Aaron Ahn and Raymond Chen followed in 10th and 11th respectively. Departed senior Shaul Gordon had the Red and Blue’s best performance, finishing tied for third on saber.
* The Quakers’ top performer on the women’s side was Arabella Uhry, who finished fifth on saber. The sophomore rolled to the championship round as the top seed. She then took down Temple’s Blessing Olaode in the first round, 15-5, before falling to Alexa Antipas of Ohio State, 15-6.
*The Quakers will be off until the New Year. Penn will send fencers to the January North American Cup in Columbus Ohio on Jan. 6 before heading back to Penn State for the PSU Invitational on Jan. 15.