PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania men’s and women’s fencing squads will travel westward this weekend for the Northwestern Duals in Evanston, Ill. The Quakers will face off against UC-San Diego, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Stanford, Northwestern (women only), Air Force, and North Carolina.
After a week off because of winter storm Jonas, the NU Duals provide one more opportunity to prepare for the Ivy League Round Robins next weekend.
The men’s and women’s squads are both coming off strong efforts at the Penn State Invitational. Zsombor Garzo was especially impressive on the men’s side, fueling a 5-1 day for the Quakers. The third-ranked Quakers tallied wins over No. 5 Penn State, No. 9 Duke, North Carolina, Yale, and Haverford.
Garzo was dominant against some of the best fencers in the nation, going 16-2 on the day. He was a perfect 3-0 against top-ranked Columbia, including a win over Jake Hoyle, who won the NCAA title on epee last season. Garzo was rewarded for his efforts by being named the CollegeFencing360 National Fencer of the Week last Friday.
On the women’s side, the ninth-ranked Quakers went 4-2 in State College. Penn notched triumphs over Haverford (21-6), North Carolina (16-11), Duke (16-11), and Yale (18-9). The Red and Blue fell short against the reigning national champions, No. 2 Columbia (18-9), as well as No. 8 Penn State (14-13).
Individually, Penn was led by the foil squad, who put together a 5-1 record and notched the Quakers’ lone weapon win (5-4) against Penn State. Cassidy Seidl went 9-4 on the day, including a perfect 7-0 in Penn’s victories. Naomi Popkin also registered nine wins on the day, while Simone Unwalla went 8-6.
On epee, it was Stephanie Wolf pacing the Quakers with a team-best 10 wins. Most notably, the sophomore went 3-0 against North Carolina and recorded two wins versus Columbia.