Fencing Set to Host First Ivy Round Robin on Sunday

PHILADELPHIA – The men’s and women’s fencing teams at Penn are gearing up to host their 11 Ivy League opponents this weekend, in the first of two Ivy League Round Robins.

Teams from Penn, Princeton, Yale, Brown, Harvard, Columbia and Cornell will spend all day Sunday fencing, with the day kicking off at 10 a.m. It is the first of two weekends of Ivy League action. The second Round Robin will take place at Harvard on Sunday, February 25.

This Sunday, Penn will fence against Harvard, Cornell, Princeton and Yale, saving Columbia and Brown for the next Round Robin.

Harvard will be the team to beat for everyone in the league, as they are not only men’s and women’s defending Ivy League champions, but both teams are also defending national team champions.

The Quakers are coming off a successful day in Cambridge, as last weekend the teams went a combined 7-1 at the MIT Multi-Meet. The women’s team is 13-2 this season, while the men’s record is 9-4. They will face some of their toughest competition all year in one weekend.

On the women’s side, Columbia and Harvard boast the best non-league records, as the Lions are 8-0 and the Crimson are 8-1, with their only loss coming to Penn State (19-8). The Nittany Lions also beat the Quakers earlier this year, 21-6. One of Harvard’s strongest fencers is junior Emily Cross, a two-time world junior champion and NCAA individual champion. Cross fences foil, meaning she will take on some of Penn’s best female fencers, sophomores Abby Emerson and Ilana Sinkin, along with senior Eve Overton. The Quakers will also look to seniors Holly Buechel and Katelyn Sherry, who fence epee and sabre. Big wins will need to come in every weapon against every team, as the rest of the league is strong as well. Cornell has a 6-1 non-league record, while Brown is sitting at 17-13, Yale is 10-4, and Princeton is 2-2.

For the men, Harvard is undefeated, with an 8-0 non-league record. Columbia is strong on the men’s side as well, with a 7-1 record so far this season. Their only loss came to Ohio State, 14-13. Yale comes in at 9-6, while Brown is breaking even at 9-9, and Princeton is 2-3. Cornell does not have a men’s fencing team. The Quakers will look to strong performances in both foil and sabre, led by junior All-America Ron Berkowsky, and senior captain Michael Galligan.

The day's schedule and a link to the championship site are included below.

Men’s Schedule
•1 - Brown vs. Columbia
•1 - Yale vs. Penn
•1 - Harvard vs. Princeton
•2 - Penn vs. Princeton
•2 - Yale vs. Brown
•3 - Princeton vs. Brown
•3 - Penn vs. Harvard
•4 - Columbia vs. Yale

Women’s Schedule
•1 - Harvard vs. Princeton
•1 - Yale vs. Penn
•1 - Brown vs. Columbia
•2 - Cornell vs. Harvard
•2 - Penn vs. Princeton
•2 - Yale vs. Brown
•3 - Columbia vs. Cornell
•3 - Penn vs. Harvard
•3 - Princeton vs. Brown
•4 - Columbia vs. Yale
•4 - Penn vs. Cornell

Ivy League South Championship Website