St. Louis, Mo. – The University of Pennsylvania’s men’s and women’s fencing teams completed their final North American Cup (NAC) of the season over the weekend in St. Louis. The Quakers competed in three NAC’s this season, the first two coming in November (Kansas City, Mo.) and December (Baltimore, Md.).
Julian Merchant, Raymond Chen and Stephanie Wolf saw the most success for the Quakers on day one. Merchant notched a 4-1 record in pool play, en route to finishing 24th on sabre. Wolf went 5-1 in pool play, and placed 22nd on epee.
Chen earned the highest finish on Friday, taking 18th on foil. The freshman was especially impressive during pool play, tallying a perfect 6-0 record (+20 touch differential). He followed that up with a pair of triumphs in the elimination rounds.
Also on foil, the Quakers had John Vaiani place 95th, Aaron Ahn finish 107th, and Denes Marton come in 158th.
Justin Yoo compiled the top showing on Saturday, boasting a 22nd-place finish on epee. Jake Raynis followed on epee, earning a 58th-place finish.
Also on Saturday, Kathryn Khaw finished 56th on sabre and Simone Unwalla placed 74th on foil.
Merchant, Chen and Wolf were all back in action on Sunday. Chen placed 24th on foil, Merchant tied for 17th on sabre and Wolf was 104th on epee. Merchant was dominant during pool play, notching a 6-0 record and touch differential of +20.
In other action, Harry McGuire put together an 80th-place finish on men’s foil and Alejandra Trumble earned 31st on women’s epee.
Yoo and Raynis took center stage again on Monday, placing eighth and 13th respectively on epee. The duo each went 4-2 in pool play, while Yoo put together three wins in elimination action. Yoo’s top-eight finish also puts him in great position to make the U.S. Junior Team for world championships.
On the women’s side, Arabella Uhry finished 22nd on sabre, while Khaw came in 59th. On foil, it was Unwalla wrapping up the weekend’s action with an 87th-place finish on foil