EASTON, PA. - The Penn men's and women's fencing teams competed on Saturday at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic/South Regional at Lafayette College, and expect to advance as many as 10 fencers to the NCAA Fencing Combined Men's and Women's Championship in San Antonio beginning on March 21.
In sabre, Michael Mills and Evan Prochniak are a near-lock to move on to the competition in two weeks. Mills came in second, while Prochniak was third, ahead of a pair of Princeton fencers as well as Adrian Bak of Penn State. Sean Turner came in 13th, while Elliot Tusk finished in a tie for 17th. On the women's side, Krystyna Golden finished 15th.
The epee teams both are in line to advance the maximum of two fencers from both the men's and women's teams. Ayyub Ibrahim and Clifford Fishler came in fifth and sixth, respectively, in the men's competition. Amrit Bhinder came in sixth and Gabby Foor was 11th for the women's team. Rene Gannon-O'Gara (12th) and Joseph Isaac (13th) rounded out the men's team, while Srey Beaulac (14th), Lisa Dawes (22nd) and Sara Jones (t-26th) rounded out the women's team.
The foil teams are the biggest question mark after Saturday's action. Luona Wang seems to be in good shape after a fourth-place finish in the women's competition, as does Leland Bernstein after finishing seventh on the men's side. Potential qualifiers are Sarah Parmacek (eighth in women's foil) and Adam Elkassas (14th in men's foil). Wendy Zhao (14th) and Rachel Chin (21st) were the other Penn finishers on Saturday in women's foil, as were Jason Chang (15th) and Ira Schlosberg (16th) in men's foil.
A complete announcement of the Penn fencers moving onto the NCAA Fencing Championships will come out later this week.