Fencing Ready to Make a Run at Regionals

PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s and women’s fencing teams will be heading to Duke University to take part in the Mid-Atlantic/South Regionals on Saturday. Fourteen schools will be competing for a spot in the NCAA Championships.

The action will get underway at 7:40 a.m. with the men’s preliminary round. The men’s final round will start at 2:20 p.m. The women’s preliminaries will begin at 12:20 p.m. and the final round starts at 8 p.m. An awards ceremony will follow the day’s competition.

The Quakers are sending nine men and nine women to Duke. Both teams are coming off successful weekends at the IFA Championships. The men’s foil team won the Little Iron Man Trophy for the highest team score. Ron Berkowsky recorded the most wins in the A Division and he also won the Gold Medal in the men’s individual foil. At last year's regionals, he finished in first place. Freshman Ben Wieder lost in the epee final. Berkowsky leads the team with 48 victories this season. Along with Berkowsky, Michael Galligan, Corey Purcell and Matthew Kolasa have at least 30 wins this season.

Holly Buechel is coming off a Gold Medal performance in the epee last weekend at the IFA Championships. Last year, she took first place at the regionals. She is one of six Quakers competing on Saturday with at least 30 wins for the women. Other members of the women’s team who had solid performances last weekend are Cassandra Frey who finished third the C Division with eight victories in the saber. Eve Overton had Penn’s highest finish in the foil, taking second place in the C Division with 10 victories. Abby Emerson and Zoya Abdikulova each had nine wins. Emerson finished third in the A Division and Abdikulova took second in the B.