PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania fencing teams will stay local this weekend, as they compete at the Temple Invitational on Saturday and host the Philadelphia Invitational on Sunday. The Philly Invite, which will take place inside the Dave Micahnik Fencing Center, was rescheduled due to a winter storm that hit the area in late January.
It will be a weekend of duals for the Quakers, as the men and women will combine to play 18 matches over two days. At Temple, Penn will face St. John’s, Penn State, Temple (women), Stevens (men), and Princeton.
The Quakers will then take on Johns Hopkins, Duke, NJIT (men), Northwestern (women), North Carolina, and Sacred Heart in the Dave Micahnik Center on Sunday.
Last Time Out
It was a historical couple of days for the Quakers last weekend at the Ivy League Round Robins in Ithaca. Following a 4-1 record, the third-ranked Penn men’s squad captured a share of the Ivy championship for the first time since 2009. The Red and Blue shared the title with top-ranked Columbia and No. 8 Princeton. Penn defeated the defending national champion Lions on Saturday, but couldn’t overcome the Tigers later that day.
Senior captain Shaul Gordon led the way, going 14-1 over the two days and winning the individual saber crown. Justin Yoo (epee), John Vaiani (foil) and Zsombor Garzo (epee) joined Gordon as first-team All-Ivy selections, while freshman Julian Merchant was named second-team All-Ivy on saber.
In recognition of leading the Quakers to their first Ivy crown in seven years, Head Coach Andy Ma was named the Ivy League Coach of the Year on Wednesday.
On the women’s side, it was junior Alejandra Trumble leading the way for a fourth-place finish. Trumble went 14-3 against her Ivy foes, earning the title of Epee Champion. Dana Kong also put together a strong two days, posting a 12-5 record and earning second-team All-Ivy honors.
The Quakers tallied a 3-3 mark over the two days -- notching wins over Yale, Cornell and Brown.
A full schedule of the Temple Invitational can be found HERE, while the Philly Invite slate is located HERE.
Download: Philly Invite Schedule.pdf