Fencing Finishes up at Temple Open

PHILADELPHIA – The Penn men’s and women’s fencing teams finished up a busy weekend of competition at the Temple Open on Sunday, with the men’s team in action after the women had competed on Saturday.

The women’s foil tournament featured an all-Penn final as freshman Laura Paragano defeated senior Ilana Sinkin in overtime, 14-13, for the gold medal.

Sophomore Danielle Kamis earned a silver medal in sabre, advancing to the final before losing to Duke’s Rebecca Ward. The Duke freshman won a bronze medal at the 2008 Olympics. Kamis was joined on the medal podium by freshman Dominika Franciskowcz who won bronze for finishing in third place.

Penn also picked up two bronze medals in epee as Kathryn Anthony and Alexandra Kozyra advanced to the final four.

On Sunday, the men’s team also put forward a strong showing, picking up a gold medal to go with a bronze and multiple top-eight finishes.

George Igoe won the sabre event, defeating North Carolina’s Kevin Ziechmann. The sabre squad had the best overall day for the men as Andrew Bielen won a bronze medal and Ander Eiremo and Jonathan Berkowsky finished fifth and sixth, respectively.

Freshman Alex Simmons was Penn’s top finisher in foil, finding himself in fifth place at the end of the tournament. He was joined in the top eight by classmate Vidur Kapur.

Sam Monk was Penn’s best epee fencer in the tournament, finishing in 10th place.

The women are back in action Jan. 10 at the Penn Multi-Meet in Hutchinson Gym at 10 a.m. The men take to the strips the next day, also at 10 a.m. in the Penn Multi-Meet.