PHILADELPHIA – For the second year in a row, the University of Pennsylvania men’s and women’s fencing teams play host to the Philadelphia Invitational this weekend. Held in the Coach Dave Micahnik Fencing Center, the two-day event will begin with the women on Saturday at 8:30 a.m. The men will fence on Sunday starting at 9 a.m.
The first CF360 College Fencing Coaches Poll, released on Wednesday, has the men ranked eighth. The women are also ranked, coming in the poll at sixth, which is the highest for the women since being ranked sixth in the second poll of the 2009 season. For the complete rankings, click here.
Along with the rankings, the Quakers are riding a wave of success into this weekend's home event. At the Penn State Invitational last Saturday, the women defeated No. 4 Penn State en route to a 4-1 overall record. Senior captain Sarah Parmacek helped the foil squad defeat all five opponents with her 9-2 record, including a 2-0 mark against Penn State and 2-1 mark against Columbia. Freshman sabre fencer Arabella Uhry also had a noteworthy performance, finishing with an 11-3 record including a 3-0 mark against No. 10 Temple.
The men also had great success at the invitational and defeated No. 4 Columbia, last year’s Ivy League Champions, by a score of 18-9, which propelled them to a 3-1 record on the day. Junior R.J. Shipp was a perfect 3-0 against No. 1 Penn State and also contributed a 2-1 mark against Columbia for the epee squad. Shipp finished the day 10-2, recording the most wins by any of the men fencers. Freshman foil fencer John Vaiani contributed eight wins of his own, going 3-0 against UNC and 2-1 against Columbia.
Penn will square-off with multiple competitors at home this weekend, including Northwestern, Duke, Temple, UNC, SHU, Haverford, FDU, Cornell, Johns Hopkins, Drew, NJIT, and Lafayette. Results will be posted on PennAthletics.com at the end of each day.