Fencing Heads to Penn State to Start New Year

PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s and women’s fencing teams ended 2014 in State College and will return to Happy Valley to kick off 2015. The Quakers will compete againstTemple, North Carolina, Haverford, Ivy rival Columbia, and host Penn State in the Penn State Invitational on Saturday with bouting to begin at 8:30 a.m.

The Red and Blue returned to Philadelphia for winter camp, which started Monday Jan. 5 and continued through Saturday. However, 16 fencers, including six freshmen, left winter camp early to compete at the North American Cup, a four-day event that began on Friday and continued through Monday, in Salt Lake City.

Sophomore Alejandra Trumble, freshman Stephanie Wolf, senior Sarah Parmacek, senior Rachel Chin, and sophomore Dana Kong were the five females who represented Penn at the NAC. Trumble, Wolf, and Kong competed in both the Junior and Senior divisions, while Parmacek and Chin fenced in the Senior division.

Trumble finished within the top 25 in both epee classes, placing ninth out of 111 (Junior) and 23rd out of 139 (Senior). Kong also finished within the top 25 in both divisions in sabre, finishing 19th out of 97 (Senior) and 24th out of 84 (Junior). Wolf, the lone freshman female, finished 26th out of 111 in Junior epee and 44th out of 139 in Senior epee. Parmacek and Chin finished back-to-back in Senior Foil, placing 69th and 70th, respectively, out of 109 fencers.

As for the men, a total of eleven Quakers traveled to Utah: senior Jason Chang, junior Ira Schlosberg, junior Adam Elkassas, junior Denes Marton, freshman John Vaiani, freshman Harry McGuire, freshman Pierre Aymerich, junior R.J. Shipp, freshman Zsombor Garzo, freshman Jake Raynis, senior Steven Yang.

Yang, Garzo, Vaiani, Chang, and Schlosberg finished within the top 20 percent of their respective weapon divisions. In Senior Sabre, Yang took 27th out of 142, while Garzo finished 31st out of 253 fencers in Senior epee. Chang, Schlosberg, and Vaiani all competed in Senior Foil, finishing 12th, 18th, 19th, respectively, out of 161 fencers. Vaiani also contended in Junior Foil and finished ninth out of 153.

Complete results from the NAC can be found by clicking here.