COLUMBUS, Ohio – On Sunday, the University of Pennsylvania men’s and women’s fencing teams opened their season in Columbus at the OSU Invitational held in the French Field House. Penn faced Notre Dame, North Carolina, host Ohio State, and Ivy rival Princeton, where the men went 1-3 on the day while the women finished 3-1.
The Quakers opened their day up with the Fighting Irish. Despite falling to both squads, men’s epee, made up of junior R.J. Shipp, senior Rene Gannon-O’Gara, and freshman Jake Raynis defeated ND by a score of 5-4. Both Gannon O’Gara and Raynis claimed two wins, while Shipp took one.
With a break in round two, the Red and Blue prepared for round three with UNC. Both the men and the women were victorious, with the men’s sabre going a perfect 9-0.
Against host OSU in round four, the men came up just short by one point, while the women won, 15-12. Both the foil and epee squads won 6-3. In foil senior Sarah Parmacek went 3-0 against her opponents.
Once again, the men fell in a close dual with Princeton in round five, 14-13, while the women came out with a win over the Tigers, 16-11. Penn won each weapon, taking sabre and foil by a score of 5-4, and epee 6-3. Freshman Stephanie Wolf and sophomores Alejandra Trumble and Aleina Edwards all went 2-1 against their opponents in epee.
After the conclusion of the team duals, the top eight fencers were selected to compete in a Table of Eight for 15 touches. The fencers were chosen based on the best eight records in each gender and weapon. The Red and Blue saw 10 of their own compete: Luona Wang, Parmacek, Edwards, Trumble, Wolf, Jason Chang, John Vaiani, Shipp, Raynis, and Isaac Buchwald. Out of the ten, five placed within the top four.
Wolf was the only Quaker from the women’s side to advance into the semifinals, where she fell to OSU’s Eugenia Falqui by a score of 15-7.
As for the men, Shipp advanced the furthest, competing in the finals against the Buckeye’s Marc-Antoine Blais Belanger. He fell 15-9. Buchwald, Chang, and Vaiani all finished tied for third in their respective weapons.
Download: Elite 8 brackets.pdf