BETHLEHEM, Pa. – A day after being ranked as the No. 1 team in the country, the University of Pennsylvania men's fencing squad grabbed five automatic berths into the NCAA Championships on Saturday at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic/South Regionals. A sixth member of the men's team later received an at-large bid. The No. 9 women’s team also posted a pair of NCAA bids.
The NCAA Championships will take place March 24-27 in Waltham, Mass.
Justin Yoo highlighted the day for the Quakers on Saturday. Coming in as the No. 3 seed, the freshman was crowned the Regional Champion on epee. Zsombor Garzo also notched a bid on epee—his second-straight—following a sixth-place finish.
John Vaiani and Raymond Chen each earned bids on foil, after placing within the top eight on Saturday. Chen placed fifth, while Vaiani posted his second-straight trip to NCAA’s following an eighth-place effort. On the women's side, it was freshman Simone Unwalla posting a sixth-place finish to automatically qualify for NCAA’s.
On sabre, it was senior captain Shaul Gordon placing fourth on the men’s side to capture his fourth-consecutive NCAA nod. Arabella Uhry finished fourth for the women to nab her first-career NCAA berth. The Quakers also received an at-large berth in men's sabre, with Raphael Van Hoffelen getting the nod.