PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania fencing programs will compete in their final North American Cup (NAC) of the season this weekend in St. Louis. The Quakers have already competed in two North American Cups this season, one in November (Kansas City), and the other in December (Baltimore).
November NAC Recap
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The University of Pennsylvania men’s fencing team sent five student-athletes to compete at the United States Fencing Association (USFA) November North American Cup over the weekend.
The Quakers began the weekend with a pair in competition on Friday, taking part in the epee competition. Jake Raynis was especially impressive, earning the Bronze medal in the event. After winning four-of-six in pool play, Raynis compiled wins over Cameron Sullivan (15-11), teammate Justin Yoo (15-12), Nicolas Wilson (15-11), Ryan Griffiths (15-8), and Wesley Johnson (15-11).
Yoo put together an undefeated run in pool play, before falling Raynis in the elimination round. He finished in 34th place.
On Sunday, Penn had three fencers in action in the Junior Men’s Foil. The Quakers had a pair finish in the top ten, with Raymond Chen earning the Bronze Medal and Harry McGuire placing ninth. Freshman Aaron Ahn finished in 25th place.
In bracket play, Chen strung together wins over Jasper Levy (15-1), Nathan Jeon (15-5), Michael Li (15-9), Sidarth Kumbla (15-6) and Axel Kiefer (15-12).
December NAC Recap
BALTIMORE, Md. – The University of Pennsylvania fencing squads wrapped up 2015 with a trip to their second North American Cup of the season over the weekend in Baltimore, Md. Penn sent eight student-athletes to the three-day event, which also served as of qualifier for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Sophomore John Vaiani led the way for the men’s foil squad, placing 15th in the event. Following a 4-2 record in pool play, Vaiani rattled off wins over Eric Paracka (15-3), Alex Chiang (15-8), Nolen Scruggs (15-12), before falling in the Round of 16.
Also on foil, freshman Raymond Chen went a perfect 6-0 to go into the Elimination Round as the No. 2 seed. Despite the high ranking, Chen was only able to put together one more win to finish 17th overall. Senior Denes Marton was the final finisher on foil for the Quakers, placing 63rd.
Alejandra Trumble also competed on Friday in the women’s epee. The () went 4-2 in the seeding rounds, and put together a pair of wins in the Round of 128 and 64. Trumble would go on to lose to the eventual champion in the Round of 32 to finish in 29th.
Sophomore Jake Raynis and Justin Yoo were in action on men’s epee. Raynis compiled a 5-1 mark heading into the Elimination Round, where he nabbed one win and finished 39th overall. Yoo also picked up a win in the First Round, finishing 99th.
Freshman Simone Unwalla put forth the best showing for the Quakers in the women’s foil event. After going a perfect 6-0 in pool action to garner the No. 8 seed (and a bye), Unwalla rattled off three wins to advance all the way to the Quarterfinals. Her impressive run would end there, however, as she finished seventh in the event to earn the Quakers lone medal of the weekend.
Freshman Julian Merchant was the final Quaker to take to the strips in Baltimore. Merchant went 4-2 in the seeding rounds, and dropped a hard-fought 15-14 match in the Round of 64. He finished 42nd for the event.
It will be the largest contingent of Quakers to be making a trip to a North American Cup (14 student-athletes) this season.
List of Quakers competing this weekend: