Fencing Teams Go 5-2 at First Ivy Round Robin

PHILADELPHIA – Hutchinson Gym was full of noise today, as 13 fencing teams descended on it for the first of two Ivy Round Robins. A full day of fencing went well for Penn, as the women walked away with a 3-1 Ivy League record, and the men finished the day at 2-1.

The women came just three points away from upsetting the defending Ivy and national champions, Harvard, as they lost 15-12. The Quakers won sabre 6-3 and took foil 5-4, but the Crimson’s epee team was too strong, beating Penn 8-1. Sophomore Cassandra Partyka went 3-0 in sabre to help give Penn a start, while senior captain Katelyn Sherry helped out with a 2-1 record. Sophomore Abby Emerson also went 3-0 in foil, while her classmate Ilana Sinkin went 2-1. Senior Holly Buechel had the only win for Penn in epee.

While the women didn’t get the upset victory they were hoping for, they did come away with three other big wins. The Quakers beat Yale, 18-9, Princeton 18-9, and Cornell 14-13.

Against the Bulldogs, sabre was the key weapon for Penn, as they won, 8-1, to assure the win. Sherry and Partyka both went 3-0 against Yale, while freshman Alexis Baran went 2-1 in the win. The sabre team also had a big hand in the team’s victory over Princeton, as Sherry, Baran and Partyka all went 3-0, to give Penn the weapon by a 9-0 margin. The foil team also did well against Tigers, as they won, 6-3. Emerson, Sinkin and senior Eve Overton all went 2-1 in the win. The Quakers finished the day with a close win over the Big Red. Penn lost the sabre, 7-2, but won both epee and foil 6-3, to take the win. Emerson, Sinkin and Overton all went 2-1 to help with the win, while Buechel, sophomore Ana Gutierrez-Colina, and freshman Kathryn Anthony all went 2-1 in epee.

The men also had a tough loss to Harvard, as they fell 19-8. The Quakers lost 8-1 in sabre, 6-3 in foil and 5-4 in sabre, ensuring Harvard’s domination of the Ivies. Sophomore Matthew Kolasa and freshman Andrew Bielen both went 2-1 in sabre, but it wasn’t enough for Penn to get the win.

The Quakers bounced back big time, however, earning wins over both Princeton and Yale. Penn beat the Bulldogs 22-5, and defeated Princeton 14-13.

Against Yale, the sabre team went 8-1, while the foil team dominated, winning 9-0. Kolasa and Bielen both went 3-0 against the Bulldogs, while senior Dave Dipaola went 2-1. In foil, juniors Ron Berkowsky and Corey Purcell, and senior captain Michael Galligan all went 3-0 to assure the win. Against Princeton, the sabre squad was strong again, winning 6-3, while foil squeaked by with a 5-4 victory. Both Kolasa and Bielen went 3-0 against the Tigers, to help give Penn the victory. Galligan went 2-1 in foil, but the win came down to the last match-up of the weapon. Berkowsky won by a close score of 5-4, to go 3-0 against Princeton, and give Penn the 5-4 win in the weapon. It ended up being the match that made the difference, as the Quakers beat the Tigers by only one point.

Penn will finish up their Ivy League schedule as they take on Columbia and Brown at the second Round Robin, taking place at Harvard on Feb. 25.

For complete Round Robin results, visit the championship website: http://engardeivy.blogspot.com/