Four Fencers Compete at Junior Olympics

HARTFORD, Conn. – Four members of the University of Pennsylvania men’s and women’s fencing teams took part in the Junior Olympics held at the Hartford Convention Center this past weekend. Freshmen Sam Monk, Matthew Kolasa and Abby Emerson, along with sophomore Ron Berkowsky all competed.

Berkowsky had the highest finish of any Quaker. He took fifth place out of 255 competitors in the foil. For the sophomore, this is the second major event he has competed in the past two months. In January, he took the bronze medal at the Junior World Cup in Budapest.

Kolasa had the second highest finish. He tied for 17th in the sabre out of 173 fencers. Like Berkowsky, he also competed in the Junior World Cup in January. Kolasa placed 61st at the international competition.

In the epee, Monk finished 28th of 234. In 2005, the Basking Ridge, N.J. native placed 19th at the USA Fencing Summer Nationals.

On the women’s side, Emerson was the only Quaker to compete. She placed 18th out of 204 in the foil. No stranger to this competition, Emerson placed second at the 2005 Junior Olympics. She was also a member of the 2005 Junior World Championship team.

Both men’s and women’s fencing teams are gearing up for the IFA’s held at Hutchinson Gym on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 25-26.