HOUSTON, TEXAS - After moving up two places on Saturday, the University of Pennsylvania fencing team held on to ninth place at the NCAA Championships on Sunday. Penn finished the four-day event with 74 total victories between the men's and women's teams. Ivy League foe Harvard came in first with 165 total victories.
Ron Berkowsky had the Quakers highest finish taking fourth in the foil with 19 victories. He lost to eventual champion Boaz Ellis of Ohio State in the semi-final. In the bronze medal match, Berkowsky lost to Columbia's Scott Sugimoto, who dealt the sophomore his only loss during the regular season. Berkowsky had more victories, a higher winning percentage and scored more touches than his nemises. With the fourth-place finish, the Sicklerville, N.J. native garnered first-team All-America. Last season he also earned first-team. The awards did not stop their for the sophomore, he was named Outstanding Men's Foil Athlete of the Year, voted on by his peers.
Joining Berkowsky as an All-American for the second-straight season is junior Michael Galligan. The team captain earned his third honorable mention status in the foil with seven victories on Sunday. Galligan sat in 17th place after Saturday and worked his way through the competition to ninth place.
Freshman Matthew Kolasa picked up four victories on Sunday to move into 17th place in the saber. He totaled eight victories over two days.
Note: Freshman Abby Emerson earned honorable mention All-America in the foil for the women. She finished in ninth place with 14 victories.