Philadelphia The University of Pennsylvania men’s and women’s fencing teams will make their home debuts this weekend, as the Quakers host the Elite Invitational on Saturday. Penn will welcome Notre Dame, Princeton, Ohio State, North Carolina, and NJIT to the Micahnik Fencing Center. The meet is set to begin at 9 a.m.
Both Penn teams will enter Saturday relatively well rested, after most Quakers had an off weekend following the season-opening Penn State Open on November 8. The men’s squad, however, sent five individuals to the November North American Cup last weekend in Kansas City, Mo.
Penn as a whole is coming off strong individual showings in College Park two weeks ago.
On the men’s side, Penn put together its strongest efforts on foil -- posting three in the top 11. Sophomore John Vaiani led the way with a ninth-place finish, while Aaron Ahn and Chen followed in 10th and 11th respectively. Vaiani was especially impressive in pool play, notching the second seed in the championship round.
Senior captain Shaul Gordon compiled Penn’s top showing by tying for third on saber. Seeded eighth in the championship draw, Gordon picked up a 15-12 win over teammate Isaac Buchwald -- followed by a 15-8 triumph over top-seeded Walter Musgrave of Yale.
For the women, Arabella Uhry led the way with a fifth-place finish on sabre. The sophomore rolled to the championship round as the top seed. She then took down Temple’s Blessing Olaode in the first round, 15-5, before falling to Alexa Antipas of Ohio State, 15-6.
The sabre squad offered the most success for the Penn women on Saturday, with both Kathryn Khaw and Shriya Joshi joining Uhry in the championship round. Khaw placed 10th, while Joshi finished 14th.
Last weekend, Jake Raynis and Raymond Chen led a Red and Blue contingent at the North American Cup. Raynis earned the Bronze Medal on epee, while Chen notched the bronze on foil.