Fencing Finishes 8th at NCAA Fencing Championships

COLUMBUS, Ohio – After four days of fencing, the 2015 NCAA Men’s and Women’s Fencing Championships came to a close on Sunday and the University of Pennsylvania men’s and women’s fencing team finished 8th out of 25 competing teams. Held at The Ohio State’s French Field House for the second year in a row, this also marked the second year in a row that the Quakers finished 8th. Separately, the men finished within the top five teams, placing fourth, while the women finished 14th, having only two fencers. Freshman foilist John Vaiani went the furthest, fencing in the semi-finals and finishing tied for third to earn first-team All-America honors.

Standings: Top 10 Teams
1. Columbia/Barnard

2. Pennsylvania State University
3. Notre Dame
4. Princeton University
5. Ohio State University
6. St. John's University
7. Harvard University
8. Pennsylvania, University of
9. Duke University
10. Stanford University

It was a tough fight in the first round, however, PSU’s Nobuo Bravo held a slight lead at 8-7. Bravo start off the second round, with two touches to extend his lead to 10-7, which was the largest lead of the bout. While Vaiani continued to fight and kept it close, the experience the Nittany Lion junior possessed help him earn the 15-12 victory.

Men’s Foil
T3. John Vaiani, First-team All-America
16. Jason Chang

Men’s Epee
9. Jake Raynis, Third-team All-America
10. Zsombor Garzo, Third-team All-America

Men’s Sabre
11. Steven Yang, Third-team All-America
15. Shaul Gordon

Women’s Foil
17. Sarah Parmacek

Women’s Epee
14. Alejandra Trumble

Download: 2015 NCAA Fencing Final Results.pdf