PHILADELPHIA – Here we go. With NCAA Championship berths still up for grabs, the University of Pennsylvania fencing teams head to Moravian College this Saturday for the 2016 NCAA Mid-Atlantic/South Regionals. Due to a recent norovirus outbreak on the campus of Lafayette College, the meet is now scheduled to take place at nearby Moravian in Bethlehem, Pa. Opening bouts are set for 8:30 a.m., with live results found HERE.
About 60 percent of the selection to the 2016 NCAA Championships depends on the outcome of the NCAA Regionals, with about 40 percent already been determined by regular-season fencing. The Mid-Atlantic/South region will get eight berths in men's épée and men's saber, seven in men's foil, women's saber and women's épée, and six in women's foil. Two at-large spots will be chosen across the four regions (Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, West, South) for each weapon to bring the total to 24 at the NCAA Championships for each of the six weapons.
Farleigh Dickinson (women only)
Temple (women only)
The Quakers had eight fencers qualify for NCAA Championships at Ohio State last year, five of which will seek a return trip this season—Jake Raynis, Zsombor Garzo, John Vaiani, Shaul Gordon, and Alejandra Trumble.
Penn put six within the top five of their respective weapons at last season’s regional—which took place at Duke—and three in the top two. Raynis and Vaiani each nabbed silvers on the men’s side, while departed senior Sarah Parmacek took the overall title on foil.
Last Time Out
The Quakers' third-ranked men's team captured its third-straight United States Collegiate Squad Championship (USCSC) at Princeton. The Quakers finished the Olympic-style event with the gold on epee, silver on sabre, and bronze on foil.
On the women's side, No. 8 Penn notched thewinning epee squad en route to placing second overall at the USCSC. In addition, the Quakers earned third place on foil and fourth on saber.