PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s and women’s fencing programs announced their 2015-16 schedules on Friday. The 11-event schedule will feature five of the same annual trips as last year, as well as two home events.
The Quakers open up the 2015-16 slate with a trip to State College for the Penn State Open. The women will start the competition off on November 7, with the men following up the next day.
Following the opener, Penn will send a handful of fencers to participate in the November North American Cup (NAC) in Kansas City, Mo. on the 14-15. The Quakers will wrap up the opening month of the season by hosting the Elite Invitational on November 21. Ohio State hosted last year’s event which featured the host Buckeyes, Notre Dame, North Carolina and Princeton.
Penn will cap off the calendar year with a trip to its second NAC event of the season in Baltimore on December 4-7.
The Quakers return to the strips after the New Year for Winter Training Camp from January 7-12. The annual week-long camp will coincide with the squad’s final NAC trip of the season in St. Louis.
Penn State will make its second appearance on the schedule on January 16 as Coach Ma’s squad will make a return trip for the PSU Invitational. The Quakers went a combined 7-2 at last year’s Nittany Lions’ invite.
Penn will fulfill its second hosting duties of the season on January 23-24 for the Philadelphia Invitational. The men went a perfect 6-0 at The Palestra last season while the women put together a 4-1 mark.
The Northwestern Duals, which will take place on January 30, will provide the setting for the Quakers’ final tune-up before the Ivy League Championships on February 6-7 at Cornell. The men finished tied for third at last year’s Ancient Eight championship while the women finished tied for second.
Following an off week, the Quakers will make the short trip up Broad Street to compete at the annual Temple Invitational on February 20. On Feb. 21, both Quaker squads make the trip to Princeton for the fifth annual United States Collegiate Squad Championships (USCSC). The men took home the USCSC title last season while the women finished second.
This season's NCAA Regionals will be held on March 12 at a school to be determined. Last season at Duke, Penn was able to qualify eight fencers for the NCAA Championships based on their finishes at the regional. This year's NCAA Championships will be held on the campus of Brandeis University from March 24-27.
John Vaiani, Jake Raynis, Steven Yang and Zsombor Garzo all achieved All-America status at last year’s NCAA Championships, each finishing in the top-11 of their designated weapons. Vaiani earned first team recognition following a third-place finish in the men’s foil.