PHILADELPHIA – For the first time in the New Year, the University of Pennsylvania men’s and women’s fencing teams will leave Pennsylvania and travel to Evanston, Ill. to participate in the NU Duals. Hosted by Northwestern, the Quakers will only fence on Saturday, with the women starting at 8 a.m. and the men beginning at 10 a.m. A total of 29 teams from 16 different schools will compete across the two-day event.
The Red and Blue enter the NU Duals after strong performances as hosts in the Philadelphia Invitational.
Along with Saturday being the final home competition for the seniors, a 14-13 win over No. 9 Northwestern was the highlight of the day for the women. Including the victory over the Wildcats, the last three matches of the day – Northwestern, No. 10 Temple, UNC -- were decided by one point, and the Quakers lone loss came from the Owls. Senior Luona Wang led the way for foil, going 9-2, while epee sophomore Alejandra Trumble put up Penn’s best mark on the day, going 12-1. Sabre took the most duals on the day (four) with sophomore Dana Kong setting the bar with at least two wins against every team for a 10-4 record.
On Sunday, the men added a strong performance on their own, marking the day with a perfect 6-0 record including a 16-11 victory over No. 9 Duke. For foil, freshmen Harry McGuire and John Vaiani went a combined 16-1, with Vaiani’s only loss coming in his last bout of the day. Senior Sean Turner and sophomore Isaac Buchwald each put up 8-1 records for the sabre squad to go with junior Shaul Gordon’s 9-0 record on the day. But it was freshman Zsombor Garzo, in his collegiate debut, who put up the most wins for the Red and Blue, going 15-3 with 3-0 marks against Haverford, Sacred Heart, John’s Hopkins, and Lafayette.
The NU Duals this weekend will feature several of the top teams in the country, with No. 10 Stanford (M), No. 1 & 2 Notre Dame (W/M), No. 3 & 7 Princeton (W/M), No. 5 & 3 Ohio State (W/M), No. 9 Northwestern (W), and No. 10 Temple (W) among the teams in attendance. Results will be posted on PennAthletics.com at the end of the day
8am OSU 10am OSU
9am NU 11am ND
10am ND 12pm USAF
11am USAF 2:30pm STAN
12pm STAN 3:30pm UNC
1:30pm UCSD 4:30pm UCSD
Ohio State (OSU), Northwestern (NU), Notre Dame (ND), US Air Force (USAF), Stanford (STAN), North Carolina (UNC), UC San Diego (UCSD)