PHILADELPHIA – This Sunday marks the culmination of the season’s work for the University of Pennsylvania men’s and women’s fencing teams: the 2015 Ivy League Fencing Round-Robins. The Quakers head to New York City where Columbia will host the tournament on Sunday and Monday at Levien Gymnasium. The Round-Robins will kick off at 11 a.m. on Sunday, running through the first four rounds. Rounds five through seven will take place on Monday, starting at 10 a.m.
Following each day's action, a short recap with links to final results and a photo gallery will be available onIvyLeagueSports.com. Results and live blog coverage will be available here.
Four Ivy League squads are represented on each of CollegeFencing360’s Coaches Polls, with Columbia holding the highest spot for both the men and women at No. 2 and 1 respectively. On the men’s side, Penn holds the No. 7 spot, while Harvard sits at No. 5 and Princeton at No. 8.
For the women, Columbia’s No. 1 ranking is followed by Princeton’s at No. 3 and Harvard at No. 4. Penn takes the next Ivy spot at No. 8.
Both squads will follow the same schedule, starting the Round-Robins off against Brown in round one and Harvard in round two. In round three, the women will take on Cornell while the men get a break, owing to Cornell not having a men’s team. Thanks the odd number of Ivy League fencing squads, neither team will fence in the fourth and final round on Sunday.
On Monday, round five will kick off with a matchup against Princeton, followed by Yale in round six. The tournament will conclude for both squads as the Red and Blue go up against the top ranked team in the Ivy League: Columbia.
2014 Round-Robin Notes
-Harvard and Columbia (M) Champions
-Princeton (W) Champions
-Penn Men 3-2
-Penn Women 3-3
-Shaul Gordon finished in a three-way-tie for first place in men’s sabre with a 12-3 record; awarded first-team All-Ivy
-R.J. Shipp finished tied for fourth in men’s epee with a 10-5 record; awarded second-team All-Ivy